"You'll have to get them," said Colonel Henshel. "Our committee at home will let it be known that Win-gate needs a lighting system for baseball and soccer, as well as for track and field events. Somebody, I predict, will come forward and make that specific gift."
"That would be very wonderful," said Baruch Bagg.
Colonel Henshel rubbed his chin with the back of his hand, squinting in the brilliant sunshine as he surveyed the field.
"No!" he cried suddenly, smacking his forehead with the palm of his hand. "Left field is too short. The running track cuts it off."
"I've just been thinking here," I said, "that this field, with the natural amphitheater, would be ideal for hurling as well as baseball and soccer. I can visualize—"
Colonel Henshel interrupted me. "Something will have to be done about left field. It's got to be lengthened or otherwise we're going to be seeing a lot of Chinese home runs here. It's the same situation Walter O'Malley faced in Los Angeles."
"That's a long way from home plate to the running track, colonel," said Chaim Glovinsky.
"Nonsense," exclaimed Colonel Henshel. "Why, I could hit a ball past that running track." He pulled at my arm. "Come on," he said, "let's pace it off."
We paced from the imaginary home plate to the running track. Our eyes had deceived us. It was well over 300 feet. Left field at Yankee Stadium is 301 feet. Even so, Colonel Henshel said an outfielder would trip over the rim of the track and get hurt. He made a note to suggest the building up of the rim of the track so that it would be even with the outfield grass.
Rejoining Baruch Bagg and Chaim Glovinsky, the colonel said, "I hope to see the day when the St. Louis Cardinals play an exhibition on this field."