CONTINENTAL'S LAST CALL
I want to thank you for the very kindly manner in which you and your entire staff have treated Continental League endeavors to expand major league baseball. You have been more than cooperative and very constructive in assisting us in our attempt to explain to the public the necessity of expansion. Your staff must also have felt a deep satisfaction knowing it had been extremely helpful in the expansion of baseball for the first time in over 60 years.
Mr. Rickey and I do not agree with you as to the best method of expansion (EDITORIAL, Aug. 1), nor is the present plan (SCORECARD, Aug. 15) strictly in accordance with our thinking. However, there are always two sides to be considered, and inasmuch as the major leagues, as represented at our meeting in Chicago, believed their method was the best to continue the high caliber of major league ball, our owners have acquiesced and our opinion has become academic.
Since the major leagues are in control of the players and have the means of making a distribution of players which would solve the player difficulty, we feel it can all work out for the best.
WILLIAM A. SHEA
New York City
ON AGAIN, CHAMBERLAIN!
I beg to commend you on your EDITORIAL concerning Wilt Chamberlain (Aug. 22). Certainly, big league sports does not want favoritism of any type or for any reason. Just let the best man win.
MELVIN E. BECK
I cannot see why every Negro, whether of little or no prominence at all, seems to feel that he must forever carry the race problem on his back. As a well-known comic-strip character says, "I yam what I yam, and tha's all I yam!" To expect every Negro to be constantly a racial symbol is too much to expect of any individual. It is an unbearable burden, and many a Negro is caught in a web of frustration because of trying to be such a symbol.
I am hoping that Chamberlain, the Negro ballplayers, and Negroes in general will get away from this habit of seeing everything in terms of race, for actually it is the mark of a feeling of inferiority which we have no need to feel. I also wish that other well-meaning people, such as yourselves, would let each one of us stand or fall through his own merits and forget about his race and the effects thereof.
SPENCER L. GUTRIDGE
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE
They Fly Through the Air by Roy Terrell with A. Y. Owen's photographs (Aug. 22) is most timely, and excellently done.
Particularly commendable, I think, is Terrell's description of soaring flight. He is very correct, both technically and esthetically. I would suspect that he is an airman in his own right. Otherwise, he would not have been so knowledgeable.
ERWIN J. REEVES
Soaring Society of America
?Associate Editor Roy Terrell, a Marine Corps pilot during World War II, has a total of 3,000 hours of military and civilian flying, including some 50 hours in jets, but this was his first time in a sailplane. Terrell's comment: "It was great. But I kept reaching for the throttle."—ED.
Congratulations on the excellent soaring article. With so little written about this most fascinating sport, far be it from me to criticize. However, coming from Elmira, "the soaring capital of America," I feel that the statement, "At Elmira, N.Y., where soaring conditions are not so favorable as in California or Texas," may be misunderstood.