You Know Me Al: A Busher's Letters

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PREFACE

THE writer has been asked frequently, or perhaps not very often after all, two vital questions regarding the letters published in this book: (1) Are they actual letters or copies of actual letters? and (2) Who is the original of Jack Keefe?

The first question seemed highly complimentary until you thought it over and realized that no one with good sense could have asked it. Some of the letters run as long as a thousand words and there is only one person in the world who writes letters of that length. She is a sister-in- law of mine living in Indianapolis, and when she sits down to write a letter, she holds nothing back. But she is a Phi Beta and incapable of the mistakes in spelling and grammar that unfortunately have crept into this volume.

As for the other question, I have heretofore declined to reply to it, as a reply would have stopped the boys and girls from guessing, and their guesses have given me many a thrill. But now there are no ball players left whom they haven't guessed, from Noah to Bucky Harris, and I may as well give the correct answer. The original of Jack Keefe is

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Introduction 5
  • Contents 17
  • Preface 19
  • Chapter I- A Busher''s Letters Home 21
  • Chapter II- The Busher Comes Back 51
  • Chapter III- The Busher''s Honeymoon 83
  • Chapter IV- A New Busher Breaks In 117
  • Chapter V- The Busher''s Kid 153
  • Chapter VI- The Busher Beats It Hence 187
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