Tommy Leach Newsbeat
Monday, January 14, 2013
Joe Tinker quoted in the Tacoma Times, January 14, 1913:
[Tommy Leach] drew a pass and walked down to first base, where [Jake Beckley] was playing. It was noticed that Jake played quite a ways from the bag, but no one knew the reason until Tommy started to steal.
Then all the players of both teams were amazed to see Beckley rushing for second, a step or two in advance of Leach.
Jake arrived ahead, slid into the bag, got up, dusted his trousers, and proudly ejaculated: “O, I don’t know. These bushers may be fast, but they haven’t got all the speed on earth.”
Beckley had some wheels himself. He stole 20+ bases in nine seasons and finished with 315 career steals.
for his generous support.
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