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September 30, 1963
TOO MUCH, TOO LONGSirs:Hooray for William Leggett and his fine article (A Success Is Killing the American League, Sept. 9). Something has to be done to revive interest that once was present in the American League. Baseball has a dragged-out schedule in relation to other popular sports in America. Too much of one thing can destroy interest. Day in and day out, there is baseball for six months. Why can't the schedules be cut much shorter? Games can be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoons. Thus, interest would mount on the off days. The season should start at the beginning of May since April is too cold in the North. It should end the second week of September because football comes on the scene at this time. Four and one half months of baseball would revise the schedule to around 90 games, including a few doubleheaders. An average of only 10,000 fans per game would bring the total close to a million. Better teams should draw much more.
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September 30, 1963

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I am 14 years old, and I have a problem. My mother and I have been arguing for quite some time about which is the American pastime—football or baseball. More people go to football games than baseball games, and that's why I think football is the No. 1 sport pastime. Which of us is right?
Urbana, Ill.

?Neither. By attracting some 150 million spectators yearly, basketball beats both football and baseball.—ED.

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