The writer thought it was time to go. "I certainly wish you every happiness," the writer said.
"Thank you so much for coming to see us," said Mrs. Napier. "And would you please take those two books on the table and return them to Mr. Casey Stengel?"
"Gladly," said the writer, picking up the books. One was entitled Short Cuts to Dentistry and the other was The Home Dentist.
"Goodby then," said the writer. The Napiers did not seem to hear the writer, who closed the door quietly behind him.
In the Muehlebach lobby, the writer picked up a copy of The Sporting News and went into the all-night coffee shop to read it. On page one there was a statement by President Cronin predicting a tight race in the American League for 1959, another by Warren Giles predicting a tight race in the National League and a third by Commissioner Frick predicting a tight race in both leagues. There was also a story headed, NO MAJOR LEAGUE EXPANSION SEEN IN NEAR FUTURE.
There was also a three-column headline at the bottom of the page on the results of The Sporting News' annual poll of sportswriters concerning the outcome of the 1959 pennant races. The headline said, SCRIBES LOOK FOR YANKS AND BRAVES TO REPEAT.
It was all pretty comforting to the writer as he sipped his coffee. For it had been a rough winter, perhaps the roughest in all baseball history. But now, as The Sporting News suggested, everything was back to normal. Organized Baseball could go on as if Fels Napier had never existed. Ford Frick was back in the commissioner's chair and all was right with the baseball world and, except for serving on a committee once in a while, nobody had to do anything—about anything.