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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
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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TOO MUCH, TOO LONG
Sirs:
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.

Just for the record, I was one of the 83,000 plus who attended the football double-header in Cleveland on August 17th. It could possibly be the same for baseball. I rest my case.
RON DE LORENZO
Youngstown, Ohio

Sirs:
What's wrong?

1) Too many games—four per week would probably draw as many customers, and players would be in better physical condition.

2) Season starts too early. Late April seems soon enough.

3) The only things that are uniform are the ball and the distance between the pitcher's mound and bases.

4) Home teams with short foul lines should play under a penalty, i.e., Yankees with 296 feet, Orioles with 309. Others in American League parks are longer.

I believe the teams that play one half of their games with short foul lines should be penalized; therefore, like strokes on the first tee, New York versus Baltimore, 296 versus 309-13 points. Measure again, say 50 feet from the foul line—x versus x equals? Thus, baseball teams could be rated on their home field. Percentages might reach one run each x innings.

What would professional football amount to if one team played on an 80-yard field and another on a 110-yard field?

If these various measurements were fed into a computer they might produce a fair equalization point.
F. BOWIE SMITH
Baltimore

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