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By Lou Boudreau, Russell Schneider

Lou Boudreau: protecting the entire Bases is the private heritage of 1 the main impressive males in baseball heritage. whereas top the Cleveland Indians to a global sequence victory in 1948, he invented the "Ted Williams shift", and have become the one player/manager ever to win the yank League MVP award.

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Talent, knowledge of each man's responsibilities, and the instinct for when to talk and when to shut up. In Lou's case, we all probably agree he's not ready for the chair of romance languages at Harvard. For that matter, what play-by-play or color man is? What we do have is a real nice guy with a tremendous knowledge of baseball who's willing to share it with listeners in understandable terms, which is exactly the way he comes across. Lou Boudreau didn't talk down to his listeners; he didn't pat them on the head or chuck them under the chin.

Lou," Mr. " I could hardly believe it. I felt like jumping on the table and singing. My salary was to be $25,000, $20,000 as manager, and $5,000 as a playerbut the money didn't really matter. I would have accepted anything. Then Mr. Bradley said, "There is one stipulation. " They recommended that I start with Shotton, who was favored by several of the directors before they chose me, and I think they felt they owed him a job. Of course, I agreed. Shotton was a good man, though I sometimes had the impression he doubted my ability because of my age and inexperience.

This time I really was apprehensive, but I was very happy to get the chance to see what the big leaguers were like up close. Oscar Vitt was the manager of the Indians and talked briefly with me when I reported to the team. He didn't say anything special, just welcomed me, but didn't say if I'd play any or just sit on the bench and observe. It was Vitt's first year as manager of the Indians, and he had some good hitters in Hal Trosky, Ken Keltner, Jeff Heath, and Earl Averill. The pitching staff included a young fellow named Bob Feller, along with veterans Mel Harder, Johnny Allen, and Willis Hudlin.

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