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"Dad was in the league 54 years," Earle said, "and only one time did he ask for a favor. He asked the other owners at the meeting in New York to keep the club in Philadelphia. He didn't care who owned the club as long as it stayed in Philadelphia. They turned him down. Fifty-four years in the league and they turned him down. That's what put Dad to bed."
Earle talked some more about persons and places and then a man mentioned pictures?the pictures that hung in the office of the Philadelphia Athletics, pictures of Lefty Grove and George Earnshaw, Home Run Baker and Chief Bender, Mickey Cochrane and Jimmy Foxx.
"Will the pictures go to Kansas City if the franchise goes?" Earle was asked.
He paused, and it was a long hard pause. Each picture and each name was a reminder of a day when the Philadelphia Athletics were a great team.
"The pictures," Earle Mack said finally. "Well...well. We'll distribute them amongst the family, I guess."
Walnut Ridge, Ark. (pop. 3,106) was the scene last week of an election which collapsed a pillar of political campaign theory. The voters of Walnut Ridge elected John Sain, the Yankee pitcher, as alderman. That's the same Sain named John the Silent by frustrated reporters. It's the same John Sain who hoards his monosyllables so passionately that Casey Stengel, an old verbophile, felt forced to apologize early last season. "John don't talk much," Stengel said, "but that don't matter, 'cause when you're out there on the mound you got no friends to talk to."
What sort of a campaign did Sain the Silent conduct? The reports from Walnut Ridge are sketchy, but it is likely that he was elected without making a single speech. Possibly he was elected without having to utter a word. It is a small trend, but for candidates thinking ahead toward 1956, it has its points.
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