END OF THE ASPIRIN AGE?
When the owners of the new National League baseball teams, Houston and New York, completed the raffle in Cincinnati which gave them 45 players for a mere $3,650,000, a fan could only breathe a sigh of relief. We hope that this maneuver, supplying these two new teams with "players" for the 1962 season, ends baseball's most trying and tiresome times.
Consider the events of the last three years:
First, there was the shifting of the Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast (and the concern about building Chavez Ravine and Candlestick Park).
Second, there was the expansion and subsequent dilution of the American League to include new franchises in Washington and Los Angeles, and the transfer of the old Washington franchise to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Third, there was the aborting of the Continental League.
Finally, there was the expansion of the National League.
Now that all this moving and shaking has been accomplished we hope not to hear another word about expansion, not to have to concern ourselves with new franchises or player pools or land grabs. Baseball needs a historical continuity, and we hope it will begin rebuilding one.
CALL OF THE WILD
Two moose hunters prowled the bush of Flin Flon, Manitoba, giving out their best grunting moose calls. Each got closer and closer to his prey. They gave a final blast on their horns, stepped around a big spruce tree and confronted each other.
DOWN IN FRONT