STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY AND BILL IDELSON
Vic arrives home to find Rush phoning the Mayor to check on a rumor that a building will go up on Tatman's vacant lot, his gang's last strong-hold for baseball. The gang has elected Rush to reason with Mayor Mills before it's too late.
+ Rush explains there used to be a Williams' vacant lot, which was made into a playground for little kids. Later, they played at Seymour's vacant lot until a gas station was built on the site. Tatman's vacant lot is their last refuge. The gang will have to go to the corner of Sangamon Street and Warner Avenue – at least four miles away "an' they got a tough crowd of individuals over there. Just as soon break both your legs as look at ya."
+ Rush: "Why Uppy Doyle that plays quarterback for the Peoria Panthers is 48 years old. He's got a son 26 that preaches religion in a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin… Smitty Johnson, left-end for the Cincinnati Cyclones is bald-headed. Graduated from Knox College before the World's War. Fat Swilly, the best drop-kicker in the league is going on 50, an' I read by yesterday's paper he's been signed up again this year with the Syracuse Steam-Engines." Vic stops protesting. Rush: "You certainly threw the tomahawk at the wrong redskin when you said baseball an' football were boyish pastimes.
Drop-kicking pretty much died in the NFL by 1941. According to Wikipedia, only one successful drop-kick has occurred since that year.
|And the answer is: 29.1 years old...|
Thanks to the millions of baseball geeks on the internet, that information is readily available.