Of course, this must be done judiciously. A coach would be foolish to risk a loss in a close game just to score more points. However, if a coach's team is up by, say, three touchdowns with 30 seconds to play, and he does not tell his players to try for another score, he better pray his team doesn't end up on the short end of a tie-breaker at the end of the season.
BIG LEAGUE HIGH SCHOOLS (CONT.)
In 19TH HOLE of Dec. 17, Southern California high school Baseball Coach John O. Herbold II answered St. Louisan George F. Walden's Nov. 26 question about which high schools have produced the most big-leaguers. Herbold touted Long Beach Poly and Los Angeles' Fremont High as the leaders, with 17 and 15 major-leaguers, respectively.
Now hear this from Northern California. A very small section of Oakland has two high schools that together have produced 29 major-leaguers: Oakland Technical, with 18, and McClymonds, Oakland's smallest public high school, with 12. (Each total includes Curt Flood, who played for both schools.) Al Kyte, Tech's retired baseball coach, developed most of his school's 18 big-leaguers, including Cookie Lavagetto, Flood and USC Coach Rod Dedeaux (before Rod moved to a Hollywood high school). What's more, the 29 major-leaguers from this neighborhood don't include East Oaklanders Bill Rigney, Jackie Jensen, Rudy May, Joe Morgan and others.
Oakland has been taking its knocks lately, but as an incubator for major-leaguers, it takes a backseat to no city. Now let's hear from a school that can outproduce Oakland Technical, or a coach who can match my friend Al Kyte.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
?Reader Powles should take a bow, too. He coached baseball at McClymonds for 15 years (1947-62) and produced Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson, among others.—ED.
In the Nov. 26 issue, George F. Walden mentioned Earl Weaver as one of 13 who went on from St. Louis' Beaumont High to the big leagues.
I believe Grover Resinger, who like Weaver never played in the majors, should have been included on that list, because he played for Beaumont and later became a coach for the Braves, White Sox, Tigers and Angels.
R. C. WALKER