Clipped From Santa Cruz Sentinel
By Ray Ollestad HAL CHASE, boy famous of Soquel, lies seriously ill in Oakland's Highland hospital. The former baseball wonderman was found wandering and wondering on an Alameda lawn, torn and tattered and with no resemblance to the dapper and deft diamonds- digger who showed the world how baseball should be played. Ripht now our svmnalhies are wholeheartedly on the side ' of this one-time knee-panted local youth who went from here to Santa Clara and from Santa Clara to immortal fame In the public mind. We say "in the public mind" because Hal Chase will never be cast in bronze at Cooperstown. A scandal which barred him from the game prevented that. But those days are gone and he's taken his punishment by being torn from his first base. So the past in our mind's eye is now a running movie of quick footwork, a brown glove snatching a white pellet one jump ahead of an anxious runner, a quick bat smacking one down the line. He's in tough straits now. He was, and perhaps still is, a victim of amnesia. He had left his Williams home to take a bay area defense job, never arrived. i - A woman phoned police that .a "ragged and tattered man was wandering on her lawn." It was Hal Chase, who at one time could have danced a figure 8, the Highland fling and done a hand-flip over that same lawn and still put the 1 - runner out. So does time pass. We make fame and we make mistakes, we are praised and booed especially in the most upsy-down game in the world, baseball. We wish Hal Chase, son of a local sawmill man, recovery from his illness and besides that the best of luck. His wheel of fortune has certainly been kept spinning all of his 55 years. He's about due for another lucky number.