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March 30, 1964
BETWEEN THE LINESSirs:I was interested to note that Jim Brosnan's article, This Pitcher May Need Relief (March 16), was the only feature on baseball in your March 16 issue. I must confess that his comments on the national pastime are becoming, for me, more enjoyable than the game itself. Perhaps next year at this time we may be fortunate enough to have Jim publish a journal on baseball as it is lived and played in Kyoto or Florence. After all, there is only so much that can be said about the unimaginative nature of American baseball management. Perhaps one day it will find that bad publicity is better than no publicity at all.
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March 30, 1964

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Regardless of what many people may say, these factors have a considerable effect on both the visiting and home teams and the officials. I feel sure that the majority of basketball experts are in agreement on the value of home court advantage. It seems ironic to me that these factors should come into play in tournaments where actual skill of the teams is of prime consideration.

I would like to make a suggestion for what it's worth. This is, that the Eastern Regionals be played in a Mideast city and vice versa, a Mideast regional be played in an eastern city. The same would hold true for Midwest and Far Western Regionals. I feel that the added inconvenience and expense to the schools involved would be more than outweighed by the fact that the tournament would, in this way, be placed on a fair footing.
Lansdowne, Pa.

Three cheers for Ralph Colson (SCORECARD, March 2). I was glad to read that another person has noticed that the stadiums and football fields in this country are kept locked and off-limits to our youths. If they were to climb the fence and set foot on the hallowed ground of the football fields they would be arrested as juvenile delinquents. Our town has three high schools—one of which is newly completed—but none of which has a swimming pool or other physical education facilities, except for the few "God-gifted" athletes. I have two boys, age 12 and 14. The 12-year-old has never been on a gym floor and the 14-year-old set foot on a gym floor for the first time this year. What we need are more people with Mr. Colson's views—especially on school boards.
Washington, Pa.

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