"Hal Naragon was the last instrument of communication between Mr. Mele and the players. Now there is complete division."
Asked what possible good he thought his statement could do, Kaat replied, "I just think it should have been said."
MUSIC TO WIN BY
More than 20 years ago somebody did take him out to the ball game, and Dr. Peter Adler, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, was hooked. This year, when the orchestra was asked to play before the third game of the World Series, Dr. Adler was delighted. He sent the Orioles into battle with Slavonic Dances No. 1 and No. 2 by Dvorak, California, Here I Come, Go, Orioles, Go, four Sousa marches and, of course, Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
Dr. Adler, who is 66, has often compared music and baseball, drawing some surprising but probably valid parallels. "I keep thinking how nice it would be if the audiences in our concert halls would understand not only the brilliant effect piece—the home run—but the fine points, the finesse, the no-hitter as well," he says. "Just as no team could last if it counted exclusively on home runs, so it is true for an orchestra."
Dr. Adler has even, in a way, applied the farm system to music, inviting a 15-year-old violinist to perform with the symphony out of town before appearing in Baltimore. "The idea of sending young virtuosos to the minors before they are thrown to the wolves in a major subscription series was a direct consequence of my following baseball's farm system," he says, adding, wistfully, "If the newspapers would have a daily music page as interestingly written as their sports columns, most worries for cultural life would be over."