Mac Farlane can. There are no books of baseball statistics, except the ones painstakingly produced by
The Sporting News
, that Mac Farlane can't find mistakes in. He pulls out a copy of the Official American League Batting Averages for 1973, corrected by him in ink. Sal Bando hit .287, not .286; Brooks Robinson hit .257, not .256; it was George Brett, not Ken, who hit .125; Larry, not Fred, Haney hit .500 (1 for 2), not .000 (0 for 1), and so on. I must say I found this unsettling. What if I had been Haney? I would have turned to Mac Farlane.
In the May 24, 1886 issue, I read the following story filed by a Cincinnati correspondent but headlined in St. Louis:
AKIN TO REAL DEMONS.
That is What They say of the Saint Louis Browns.
All Cincinnati Jealous of the Club that Beat the Coming Champions
If it is any satisfaction for a player to maim or cripple a brother player, then let him continue in his good (?) work. If not then cry a halt before disastrous results ensue. The game that was lost to us [the Reds] Friday was due to Comiskey's throwing himself
against McPhee, causing Bid to throw wild to first....
The Browns personally are a clever set of men, but on the field they are akin to demons.
Oh, my! Oh, my oh!
"I thought these old guys were tough," I said. "Here's Charley Comiskey being called a 'demon' for going into the second baseman hard enough to break up a double play."
"Who's the second baseman?" asked Mac Farlane with asperity.