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"It's a good thing we won," Marion said gaily as the men piled into Smith's car, "or I'd be awful bad company."
In the front seat Del Wilber wiped his brow in heated memory. "Whew, it was hot out there in the bullpen. You know those baseball shoes are made out of kangaroo leather and they expand with the heat, but my feet were sticking out in the sun so long and swelled up so much I could hardly get my shoes off."
"Del paints baseballs," Marion said proudly of his coach. "You ought to see them. After every winning game he decorates the ball the last out was made with and gives it to the winning pitcher."
" Billy Pierce has 13 of 'em already this year, but he came to me this morning," Wilber said, "and asked, 'Where is my ball from yesterday?...I'm going to paint a picture of an Indian on that one.' "
They talked about the game, how they had worried in the first innings when the bases were loaded against them, and how their win and a Yankee win had offset each other.
"You know what'll happen if we win a pennant," Third Base Coach Myatt daydreamed. "In every player's room will be a little box from Chuck Comiskey and in it will be a key to a new car."
When he settled himself comfortably on a deck chair in the Smiths' backyard, saying "this is real peaceful," the manager picked up the discussion about the pennant.
"I think our ball club with its share of breaks can win the pennant. I think we can beat Cleveland and the Red Sox. The Yankee ball club is certainly the one to be reckoned with. The first part of this year, when they jumped off to a big lead, I thought maybe they would walk away with the race, but I've changed my mind completely. They have a little better all-round talent, but I don't think they can dominate the league. We'll give them a battle. We have better pitching and a tremendous team spirit.
"To sum up the chances of the White Sox, we are a well-balanced ball club with good pitching, a good defensive ball club with speed, a team that has enough power to go all the way, provided Larry Doby can do the job.