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An Exhibition for Charity

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  • An Exhibition for Charity

    It was kind of event that tugged the heart. The Highlanders,(Yankees), under manager Harry Wolverton and the Giants under John McGraw, played a one game benefit on April 21, 1912. The game marked the first time Sunday baseball was played in New York's Polo Grounds before 14,083 in attendance.
    Before the game started, songwriter George M. Cohan entertained the throng with his rendition of a newspaper boy hawking newspapers, and John McGraw's good luck charm, Charlie Faust,(an eccentric who believed he could pitch the Giants to a pennant), made an appearence
    to the delight of the crowd.
    With the preliminary festivities over and several of his veterans
    laid up with assorted ailments, Manager Wolverton was left to use reserves for the game, while McGraw practically use everyone. The highlanders drew first blood when Curt Coleman scored on a fielder's choice in the first frame.
    The Giants went to work on Highlanders' starter George McConnell swiping four bases, while scoring five inm their half of the first.
    They also kept the Highlanders hopping in the fourth chasingdown doubles by Fred Merkle, "Tilly" Walker and fred Snodgrass as the giants scored five more runs, they added one more in the eighth for good measure.
    The Giants capitalized on five Highlanders errors and held their neighbors from Mahattan to ten hits.
    When Giants' starter Bert Maxwell faltered in the Highlanders' sixth,
    McGraw brought in Mr. Fullenweider, (who doesn't appear in the McMillan Encyclopedia), to prevent the Highlanders from taking advantage of the situation.
    Even though McGraw managed to show the Hgihlanders how the game
    was suppose to be played, fans who were there were treated to an altrustic event that was enjoyed by all, even though the Highlanders knew how the crew of the Titantic felt; as the Giants scuttled the Highlanders, 11-2.
    The proceeds of $9,425.25 were donated to the survivors of the Titantic disaster. The Highlander team had an inkling of how those survivors felt after they ran into the giant iceberg.

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