AUTOMATOM BASEBALL

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1905-01-01 Pittsburgh Press p. 24

   Chicago, January 1, 2005. – It is estimated that 100,000 spectators witnessed The second game of the series between The Chicago and London teams of the International Baseball League. London Won, 2 to 0.

   The victory was due chiefly to the superiority of the new pitching device in-vented by T. A. Edisonson, the greatest inventive genius of the century. The Chicago automatoms could not decipher the riddles propelled by the machine.

   L. Lahoay, who manages the Chicago team, was unable to make his pitcher work. The auto seemed to be in the sulks, and although the other autos field-ed well, their inability to solve the London delivery caused their downfall.

   When the rival managers wound up their respective automatoms at the beginning of the game the bookmakers were offering odds on the visitors, pinning their faith on the Edisonson invention. They evidently had an inside tip on the effectiveness of the new pitching auto.

   The Londoners batted hard and bunched their wallops when hits were worth money. The fielding of A-Z, which played short field for the Chicagos, was phenomenal. With almost human intelligence the auto seemed to be in the right place at the right time, and not a ball hit between second and third base went past it.

   The Londoners bunched their hits in the second inning and made their runs. R-Q, the first batter, connected with one of the Chicago

auto’s fast ones and reached first before M-B in center field could head it off. L-D which followed sacrificed. C-D doubled to left and both machines scored a moment later when K-V ripped off a hard three-bagger over M-B’s upper mechanism.

   This ended the scoring, the next two batters up being retired by the wonderful fielding ability displayed by A-Z.

The teams will be shipped from Chicago Wednesday night via the Chicago and New York Pneumatic Tube Transit Co., and to London via the New York and London Atlantic Tube Co., beginning a series of three games in the English metropolis Thursday afternoon.

   In view of the interest now taken in what was once the national game of this country, when played by human beings instead of

electrically controlled automatoms, it is probable that this year will be extremely prosperous. The cost of maintaining the automatoms is not excessive, and although L. Lahoay and the other managers are paid munificent salaries, the backers of the league are expected to clear several million dollars.

EK

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