Bobby Wallace, American Athlete ( November 4, 1873 - November 3, 1960 )

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As more speed afoot was constantly demanded for big league ball, I noticed the many infield bounders which the runner beat to first only by the thinnest fractions of a second.~Bobby Wallace

Speed Beat First

We were in Philadelphia when Manager Pat shifted me from third to short, and right off the bat, I knew I had found my dish. Footwork was more a part of the new position than it had been at third. I suddenly felt I had sprouted wings. A world of new possibilities opened for me.~Bobby Wallace

World Short Me

I never had the slightest desire to be a major league manager, and all knew it. But Ban Johnson, Bob Hedges, and Jimmy McAleer persuaded me that the Browns were in a sort of a jam, and it was up to me, as an old standby, to do what I could.~Bobby Wallace

Me Desire Old

If I disliked managing, I liked umpiring even less.~Bobby Wallace

Less Managing Even