"An Athlete Was Always A Man That Was Not Sthrong Enough F'r Wurruk"

Context: Mr. Dooley's friend, Hennessey, remarks that America is becoming the greatest nation of sportsmen on earth. Mr. Dooley agrees, but objects that this situation is a detriment to the country. When a people become dedicated to sports, he says, they are unfit for any of the serious pursuits of life. No great leader was much of a sportsman, and the English nation is in decline because they waste their energies on games. And, when he was young, it was regarded as a disgrace for a man to make his living in sports. The professional athletes were the ones who left school because of ineptness and took to playing for money only because the law demanded they have some occupation.

"In me younger days 't was not considhered rayspictable f'r to be an athlete. An athlete was always a man that was not sthrong enough f'r wurruk. Fractions dhruv him fr'm school an' th' vagrancy laws dhruv him to baseball."