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After every baseball season, pseudoexperts look at the batting averages in the two leagues and declare the National the best, based on the fact that it has more .300-plus hitters. But hitting is not the name of the game in modern-day baseball. The game today is pitching, and the American League has the best pitchers. The National League may have more power hitters, but if they faced the American League's pitching day in and day out, they would not be nearly as impressive. Take a look at the records of the supposed power hitters of the National League for the last two or three All-Star Games and the World Series. What is more, the National League plays more often on artificial turf, which tends to inflate batting averages.
The hard cold facts of major league baseball are: 1) the American League leads in World Series victories, 41-28, and 2) the American League trails the National League by only six victories, 24-18, in All-Star Games.
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Scott is not really such a radical, it's just that many physical educators and coaches are inflexible. They are opposed to and afraid of any changes that require more effort, human effort, on their part.
I hope Scott succeeds in making more people aware of the benefits that a physical-education and/or sports program can bring to our society, benefits in addition to the enjoyment of winning. Congratulations to Robert Fuller, new president of Oberlin College, for having the courage and intelligence to hire Jack Scott.