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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
April 23, 1956
THE SPECIAL BASEBALL ISSUE
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April 23, 1956

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

THE SPECIAL BASEBALL ISSUE

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I especially enjoyed Les Woodcock's statistical report on the events of the last decade. It is the most complete compilation of important facts of the game I have seen, and my gratitude goes out to him for the long hours of research it must have taken.
JACK SCHULZE
Atlanta

Sirs:
Three cheers for that wonderful baseball issue! I haven't read the whole thing yet—am taking it slowly so as not to miss a line, and you can be sure I will save this issue. I still have the very first SI.

Even though I haven't finished the articles, I wanted to tell you right away that this lady baseball fan is as eagerly awaiting Opening Day as all the male fans. In fact I've sent to the stadium for the tickets on Opening Day. We'll probably freeze, but I've got to cheer for my guys and get them off to a good start!

The article The Great American Game—1956 by Robert Creamer was one of the best! His description of suddenly hearing the baseball announcer's voice over the radio is so true! It is the loveliest sound—I wait all winter for it! Besides being anxious over the fate of my guys on any given day, that wonderful game can certainly make the chores attached to caring and feeding of seven little Yankee rooters a whole lot easier!
ADELE MEEHAN
Greenwich, Conn.

Sirs:
We have in our house a baby boy of 15 months. On the same day that my husband brought home a copy of the April 9 edition of SI the baby got at it and tore it to shreds. It was really my fault for not keeping it out of his reach. I tried to replace it before my husband could miss it, but every newsstand was sold out. My husband is livid and he is carrying on a cold war with me until I secure another copy for him.
Mrs. RUGGERO FIORILLO
New York

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Sirs:
Your comparison of the major league fields was interesting. I have always been amazed that there is no standardization of the playing areas. Wouldn't football be a ridiculous contest if each field had varying dimensions?

It must have been a long and tedious job to compile all the facts in your baseball issue, but your staff should be congratulated on a memorable publication.
MAJOR JAMES A. CONROY, USAF
Biloxi, Miss.

Sirs:
I think it would be a good idea if you did the same thing at the beginning of the hockey and basketball seasons.
RICHARD S. ARKOW
Bayside, N.Y.

Sirs:
It was a magnificent job and I think beautifully done from the standpoint of a fan. That is important. After all, baseball belongs to the fans and not to any small coterie of club owners, players or officials.

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