“Player Squaring Around To Bunt” by Robert Robinson April 13, 1912
Four straight baseball covers for Robert Robinson, a nice little streak, but I think he should have stopped at 3. This illustration is said to depict Honus Wagner getting ready to lay down a bunt. I don’t see Wagner in this illustration, he was never that pretty. It also looks like the batter has a cleft chin, and I don’t think Wagner had one.
The biggest problem I have with this illustration is the bunting technique. I was taught back in Little League to keep my right hand behind the knob of the bat, not to wrap my hand around the bat so that my fingers are exposed. This guy’s looking to break a couple of fingers with his grip. Also, he looks too calm. Where’s the intensity, where’s the look of apprehension? This guy has just squared himself out over the plate right in the path of a 90 mph fastball, risking shattered digits in the process, and he looks like he’s checking out a book at the library. I on the other hand would be in the process of crapping myself.
In baseball on April 13, 1912, the NY Highlanders lost to the Red Sox 8-4, snapping their winning streak on baseball themed Saturday Evening Post publication days. It was bound to happen. The Red Sox were on their way to a 105 win season while the Highlanders will finish in last place with a 50-102 record.