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AMERICA'S NATIONAL GAME

they exist, excusing as accidental errors in play that cost him infinitely more than they could possibly cost anyone else on earth.

He must hear and patiently consider the never-ending stream of complaints growing out of jealousies and ambitions among his players, and must, for the sake of the game, and in his own personal interests, maintain the esprit de corps of all members of the team. He must listen to fault finding on the part of the men with the manager he has placed over them, and, acting as judge, must be patient, impartial and just, insisting upon proper deference being paid to the official and at the same time requiring the manager to be fair and reasonable in his treatment of players.

He must be present at as many games as possible, watching the individual work of the team, that he may be personally advised of the capacity of each in order to weed out the weaklings. Meanwhile it is important that he should have his eye on the players of other teams in the league, in the hopes of picking up here and there an artist unappreciated by the manager under whom he is playing. He must be on the grounds to see that order and decorum are preserved, and on occasion he must stand between the umpire and the mob.

Again, he must be big enough to rise above the petty annoyances that thrust themselves upon him. Put yourself in the magnate's place a moment for illustration of this point. All the afternoon you have sat watching the game. It has been characterized by many embarrassing incidents. It has been an "off day" for your team. The