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The Huntsville Daily Times
The Huntsville Daily Times
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Description: Hornsby's Legs May Be Slow But Eye Is Keen

Date: March 23 1930

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Library

Page/Column: Page 10, Column 6

HORNSBYS LEGS MAY BE A BIT SLOWER BUT EYE IS KEEN
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SANTA CATLINA ISLAND, Cal., March 22 (AP) Rogers Hornsbys legs are not exactly what they used to be but the ole batting eye is keener than when he entered the National league 16 years ago.
While the Rajah naturally is a mediocre spring hitter he has been clouting the ball at a merry clip ever since he landed on Wrigleys magic island out here in the Pacific ocean. In the second exhibition game with Los Angeles, the Chicago Cub second baseman nicked good pitchers for two homes and a pair of singles.
A sore right heel is giving Hornsby some trouble but he expects that to disappear before the season opens next month. Toward the end of last season a growth on the heel bothered him. He had it removed during the winter.
Hornsby conserves his energy. He seldom strains his eyes by reading anything other than the sport pages. He doesnt dance. And the orchestras here were thoroughly enticing. He wont play golf, he wont even walk any more than is necessary.
You know a fellows feet cant last forever and a baseball player must take care of them, he said one day as e lolled around the hotel lobby while other Cubs played golf, tennis or just strolled around the island.
With the spotlight somewhat shifted from him to Lester Bell, the new third baseman whom Hornsby so loudly praised to the Cub management Hornsby may boost his lifetime National league batting average of .363 this season. Despite a poor start last year, his first with the Cubs he carved out a fancy .380.

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