The Schulte Poems, Oct. 19, 1910

During the 1910 season, the Chicago Tribune regularly published funny, sometimes hilarious, poems that it said were written by Frank Schulte, the Cubs' colorful, hard-hitting, lefty-swinging right fielder.

The poems actually were written by Ring Lardner, destined to become one of the great humorists of the early 20th Century, who was assigned by the paper to cover the Cubs that season.

This entry appeared 111 years ago today, the morning after Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Athletics at Philadelphia.

The Cubs trailed, 3-2, afte scoring a run in the top of the seventh inning. The A's responded with 6 in the bottom and went on to win, 9-3.

Schulte went 0 for 3. He scored the Cubs' first run when he reached base on a fielder's choice, advanced to third on a walk and a single, and came home on a sacrifice fly.


What can a brave right fielder do

When there's a crowd close by,

And every long drive by the foe

Into that crowd doth fly?


He cannot step on that crowd's feet,

Polite it would not be;

And, furthermore, there's danger

That the crowd would murder he.


No, I can just stand out and wait,

And watch those fly balls fall

Into the bunch behind my back

And up against the wall.


And this doth so accustom me

To gazing up on high,

That all that I can do at bat

Is fly, and fly, and fly.


There was no game Oct. 19, as the teams traveled to Chicago for Game 3 the following day. This series of posts will resume on Oct. 21.

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