As clear as a bell I could hear Clarence the getaway man's words: "An automobile should have a stick shift, as God intended."
J. J. C. MARTIN
?Lee Wilson has strong convictions but has never been jailed for them.—ED.
I feel that I should publicly praise Lee Wilson for his visionary and thoughtful proposal for changing the game of baseball as it is now, so boringly, played. The ideas that he advanced seem to be well worth the careful consideration of Messrs. Eckert, Cronin and Giles. From the view of both the fan and the owners, who are, after all, in a business venture, implementation of the three-set concept would definitely lead to greater excitement and enjoyment of the game.
A case in point would be the Tiger-Athletic game of April 30, played in Tiger Stadium. The A's jumped to what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the first inning, and it became quite apparent to all present that they would miss nothing should they leave early. While application of this proposal might not have speeded up the game, it would definitely have made it more exciting and attractive.
I am sorely afraid, however, that this idea, not unlike the league realignment proposal of Bill Veeck, or the oft-repeated idea of interleague play, will be passed by without even a serious glance from any of the owners or the commissioner's office and shuttled aside. So the game of baseball will continue on its path toward more boredom and less excitement until it finally succumbs to football as the No. 1 sport of the nation. This should never happen, for baseball is singularly American in birth, and America is similarly enriched by baseball.
I applaud and thank you, gentlemen, for providing a platform from which men like Mr. Wilson can publicize their ideas. I only hope that someone else beside me is listening.
BRUCE T. MUTSCHLER