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A poem from 1917 about fielding percentage.

I found this gem today, its from 1917 and even then, paints the prettiest picture of why you should always take errors with a grain of salt, in baseball and in life. Figured I'd share....

“When the fielder loves his record
      More than victory for his team
  Doubtful chances miss his glances
      For his caution is extreme.
  Going after every grounder
      Means a slip-up here and there,
  And in terror of an error
      He will choose the chances fair.
  Spotless records are enticing
      In a ball game as in life,
  And the cunning pick their running
      To avoid the stony strife.
  Many a mortal swaggers slowly
      Down the years in proud parade,
  Boasting to the meek and lowly
      Of the slips he never made.
  Well it is that wise commanders,
      When they call for sterling men,
  Place the workers o’er the shirkers
      Though they err and err again.
  Men who try and fall when trying
      Try again and win at last,
  Never brooding, never sighing
      O’er the errors of the past.”

- William F. Kirk, 1917.

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