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He has just come out with Baseball Tips, a 42-page booklet, and from the 70 tips on infield play: "A bruise on your body will disappear. One yellow stain on your heart will never disappear in your mind and the minds of those that saw you lose courage. Pay the price."
Tip No. 32 on batting: "Develop emotional maturity. You won't get a hit every time. Like when the monkey kissed the porcupine, learn to take the good with the bad."
The 40th item in the base-running chapter: "If caught in a pickle, fight hard to get out safely. Don't quit, you're a long way from out. Dumb plays sometimes turn out to the great advantage of the dummy."
The printer who made up the application form for the old catcher's school made a typographical error that caught no one's eye until it was too late. "The boy will make terrific progress," the form read, "because it is four hours of hostile, positive and aggressive instruction."
"I wrote 'hustle' but the printer misread it as 'hostile,' " Martz said. "I'm not going to change it."
COME WEST, YOUNG MAN
In his after-dinner talks Bob Devaney likes to say, "There are 800 million Chinese who don't give a damn what happens to Nebraska on a Saturday afternoon." He is probably right. But there is one Japanese teen-ager who does care.
"I know that Nebraska University is the best strong in university of America," wrote Hirotashi. "I think it will be wonderful for young people in the world to exchange letters by sports with one another. And I know that Nebraska University won Alabama 38 to 6 Saturday."
Hirotashi admitted that he is a bit small for one who might aspire to tackle the Huskers. "I'm a 5-8 and weigh 130 pound," he explained. "I am rather short for football player. Please teach me about your football. I wish youd write back to me so that we could get friendship between us. So long for now."