It’s a long lane that has no turning. Once more that old maxim appears about to be proven. The Philadelphia Athletics of the American League is the ball team that promises to prove the truth of that saying this season. Ball fans for years, since the breaking up of that old championship Athletic team of Bender, Plank, Combs, Baker, Collins, and others in 1914, have looked for the A’s to win the league championship again. Year after year, for 14 seasons, Connie Mack has strived to put it over but year after year, as you know, he failed. How- ever, a turn in the long lane of defeats looms ahead of Mack this season.