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Von signed. "Could you put 'To Charlie'?" she asked. Von wrote, "To Charlie." "Thank you very much," said the waitress. "This will make him very happy." She moved off.
McDaniel looked a trifle embarrassed. "I have two signatures," he confessed. "One is for signing autographs and the other is for signing checks. That way I won't sign anything I shouldn't.
"I may go to college this fall. If I do, it will be to Abilene Christian, because that's near home. My mother doesn't want me too far from home, especially now that I'll be away so much during the season."
Breakfast over, Von walked across the hotel lobby toward the elevator.
"I'd surely like to go over to Lindy's, but he told me I'd better get some rest today. So I guess I'll go up and write some letters."
Six hours later, Von was sitting on the bright red stool in front of his locker, dressing. Only a few players were there as yet—Murry Dickson, who had pitched the night before, Walker Cooper, Wally Moon and, of course, Lindy. Von was busy adjusting a pair of socks, each of which had a small hole near the toe.
"Von," said Lindy, "if I were you I'd change those socks. You're likely to get a blister if you wear those."
Von examined his feet and frowned. "Oh, I'll surely be all right in these."
Lindy shrugged and left. Across the locker room came a boy wearing a fresh Cardinal uniform. He was Bob Miller, another 18-year-old bonus pitcher, signed that day. The two had pitched against each other in American Legion ball.
"Hey, Von, it sure is good to see you. When did you get out of school?"