After all, even Alexander Portnoy wanted to be a ball player: “Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder—and nothing more!”
Out between right fielder and center fielder the ball fell to earth untouched and Chub was on first.
The center fielder, however, had come in fast and now the ball was flying to the catcher.
Drake sent a long fly that the center fielder managed to get under.
The center fielder refused to go after it and the umpire yielded, throwing out another old ball.
The second baseman made a jump for it and the ball began to roll along in front of the center fielder.
Paul Hines, the center fielder of the Providence Club, was the player who turned the trick.
Twice he had lost the Worlds Series, owing to a muff by the center fielder at the crucial point in the game.