Tris Speaker, on his way to his only batting title, was the only player who rated two “minutes” in the series in the syndicate “One Minute Talks with Ballplayers” series. In this one he takes inspiration from an operatic diva:
“I was reading about Mary Garden the other day and it seems she is keeping her weight down to 124 pounds—says she’ll never weigh more than 124 ½. Well, if Mary can stay within a half pound limit just by singing. I figure I ought to be able to by playing baseball.
“That’s my principal thought every day—to keep my weight within eight ounces of where it is. I eat only two meals a day—breakfast and dinner and am sticking right at the 182-pound mark.”
Most sources list Speaker’s weight at 193