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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
August 03, 1959
TRACK: HERE THEY CAMESirs:Please accept my congratulations on a superior bit of track reporting from Philadelphia (Victory with a Smile, SI, July 27).
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August 03, 1959

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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It is true that he got in a lucky shot, but from there on his performance was sloppy.

On the other hand, Patterson, although badly hurt, put up as gallant a fight as has ever been seen. But of this aspect of the bout your reporter apparently saw nothing.
WADE HAMPTON HASKELL
Charlotte, N.C.

THAT THIRD LEAGUE: THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
Sirs:
I agree 100% with Pat Suzuki (19TH HOLE, July 13) on expanding the two leagues into eastern and western divisions rather than forming a dullsome third league. How could they ever have a successful World Series with a third league poking in the way?
GARY BOOTAY
Bloomfield, N.J.

Sirs:
That third major league is going to look sort of funny without major league ballplayers.
JERRY RANKIN
Redlands, Calif.

Sirs:
This talk of forming a third major league forces me to take my pen in hand. How idiotic can we get? Expansion, yes. Third major league, no. Are we to have a round-robin All-Star Game—or World Series?

Sure, these other large population centers such as St. Paul, Dallas, Toronto, etc. deserve to be in on this greatest of summer pastimes, but let's do it in a manner which will strengthen baseball, not weaken it.
JOHN COBBE
London, Ont.

Sirs:
Never have I read such sour grapes as contained in Roy Terrell's piece on the so-called Gotham savior, " Catalyst Bill Shea" (3rd League Cities Pin Hopes on This Man, SI, July 20).

There will never be an additional 200 bona fide big leaguers available for a third league without the sound minor league proving grounds, and surely the already decaying bush leagues would hit deeper depths with further major league expansion.

You just can't pluck big leaguers out of colleges or sandlots as is done in pro football. In baseball there is no alternative—except rarely—other than moving up from Keokuk to Yakima to Louisville and then to the majors. A couple of dozen college games for several years won't do it, nor will accelerated training camps.

The biggest problem facing Organized Baseball is to revive the minors. Certainly there is an abundance of potential new big league cities, but you can't sell eight more teams and have them play a decidedly inferior brand of ball.

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