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THE BASEBALL BUBBLE TROUBLE
Martin Kane
August 16, 1954
The most furious trading in the U.S. nowadays goes on not in Wall Street or the Chicago grain market but among youngsters out to collect a connoisseur's fistful of baseball trading cards. The cards come as dividends with the purchase of a one-cent or five-cent package of bubble gum. But the dividend seems to have even more pull than the puff-and-pop stuff.
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August 16, 1954

The Baseball Bubble Trouble

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Some of them even chew the gum, though it is not so popular as it was a few years ago. This practice has led to the promulgation of a new and rigorously enforced rule in Region 5, Section 2, District 5 (South Carolina) of the Little League. The rule says: "Players will be permitted to chew bubble gum on the field, but will not be permitted to blow bubbles."

TOPPS 27
FERRIS ROY FAIN
first base CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Ht: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Bats Left
Throws Left
Home: Walnut Creek, Cal.
Born: March 29, 1922

Although Ferris hit over .300 only twice in his Major League career, he won the A.L. Batting Title both times in 1951-52 with .344 and .327. Ferris came to the Majors in '47 after leading the Pacific Coast League in Runs and RBI's. In '53, he lead the League in Walks and was 2nd in Assists at 1st Base.

INSIDE BASEBALL

One day in '51, Ferris watched same kids play baseball.

When they left they forgot the bat. Fain, in a batting slump took it.

He started using it. That old bat not only ended his slump but helped win the batting crown!

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JOHN AUGUST ANTONELLI
pitcher NEW YORK GIANTS

Ht.: 6'1?"
Weight: 185
Throws Left
Bats Left
Home: Rochester, New York
Born: April 12, 1930

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