Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Missing Spark Plug

The Seattle Daily Times, Sunday Morning, September 7, 1924

Billy Lane, Seattle Star, to Be Honored Monday

Here we have him in poses grown familiar to Seattle fans through the three years little Billy has been playing with the Indians. "The Missing Spark Plug" we've named this camera story of little Bill, not because he's worn out, nor because he's refused to function. He's "The Missing Spark Plug" because a pitched ball hit him in the head, fractured his skull and forced his retirement for probably the rest of the season. Monday, Seattle fans and players are giving him a day - Billy Lane Day. His friends hope the Seattle ball park will be packed. The photographs show Billy's smiling face, his pose at bat, crossing first base and various sliding poses, an art at which he is so proficient that he is known as the Coast League's best base runner.

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