Baseball Joe on the School Nine
Pitching for the Blue Banner
By LESTER CHADWICK
“BASEBALL JOE OF THE SILVER STARS,”
“THE RIVAL PITCHERS,”
“A QUARTER-BACK’S PLUCK,”
“BATTING TO WIN,” ETC.
"Look out now, fellows; here goes for a high one!"
"Aw come off; you can't throw high without dislocating your arm,
Peaches. Don't try it."
"You get off the earth; I can so, Teeter. Watch me."
"Let Joe Matson have a try. He can throw higher than you can, Peaches,"
and the lad who had last spoken grasped the arm of a tall boy, with a
very fair complexion which had gained him the nickname of "Peaches and
Cream," though it was usually shortened to "Peaches." There was a crowd
of lads on the school grounds, throwing snowballs, when the offer of
"Peaches" or Dick Lantfeld was made.
"Don't let him throw, Teeter," begged George Bland, jokingly.
"I'll not," retorted "Teeter" Nelson, whose first name was Harry, but
who had gained his appellation because of a habit he had of "teetering"
on his tiptoes when reciting in class. "I've got Peaches all right,"
and there was a struggle between the two lads, one trying to throw a
snowball, and the other trying to prevent him.
"Come on, Joe," called Teeter, to a tall, good-looking, and rather quiet
youth who stood beside a companion. "Let's see you throw. You're always
good at it, and I'll keep Peaches out of the way."
"Shall we try, Tom?" asked Joe Matson of his chum.
"Might as well. Come on!"
"Yes, let 'Sister' Davis have a whack at it too," urged George Bland.
Tom Davis, who was Joe Matson's particular chum, was designated "Sister"
because, in an incautious moment, when first coming to Excelsior Hall,
he had shown a picture of his very pretty sister, Mabel.
Tom and Joe, who had come upon the group of other pupils after the
impromptu snowball throwing contest had started, advanced further toward
their school companions. Peaches and Teeter were still engaged in their
friendly struggle, until Peaches tripped over a stone, concealed under
a blanket of snow, and both went down in a struggling heap.