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December 13, 1954
FAST WORK Sirs:Have just finished reading your Nov. 22 issue of SI, and enjoyed it as much as the preceding issues.
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December 13, 1954

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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"I believe that Kip should be left here. He is beginning to grasp that our entire purpose in life is not just to make him happy; to let him do as he pleases; that he has some responsibilities in life. He is a beautiful dog and no doubt feels that the Almighty would make such a fine-looking dog for just one purpose, to be petted, played with and admired.

"While we do not want to deny him the gazes of admiring eyes, or the touch of friendly hands, we are beginning to get over to him that he can't do all the time just what he pleases?that he can do certain things to please us. He isn't taking it too tough. In the process he occasionally gives us a dirty look. I believe that in time he will get in the spirit of it. I feel he is smart, but I can appreciate it was a rude awakening and a terrible shock to him to have his personal liberties interfered with. He tried to tell us three or four times that he didn't care for it and was going to retire to the peace of his pen. We convinced him he was wrong and to continue his studies. He is campus king and a library quarterback, but we have told him he could be a good football player on the regular team. We already have plenty of cheerleaders. Leave him here awhile longer. Like all living things we cannot cure him of doing everything he should not do. In dogs, as in human beings, there seems to be a constant urge to do things we should not do. I think in time he will make Mr. Gates an acceptable hunting dog. It might take a month or two longer, and a refresher course next summer. He is no fool, this Kip, sometimes he seems too smart."
Granby, Colorado

I read with great interest and amusement a letter regarding his scow Serenade from a Mr. Art Konkle in 19TH HOLE, NOV. 15. As a matter of fact, I nearly sat down and cried. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. I would think that the least you could do is to send the poor guy a trophy. As a matter of fact, it wouldn't have to cost much, it's the thought that counts. You could send him an old split sail batten or maybe a slightly frayed jib sheet. On second thought, I have a slightly used Willkie button. But Mr. Editor, Please don't send him another horn to blow.

I have talked with some of the people who were in the "One-of-a-Kind" race and I do not want or intend this letter to take anything away from the boy that sailed the scow as he gave a good account of his sailing ability....

But under the system that they were sailing, everything favored the scow. It is a lot bigger, more sail, and in relation a much shorter waterline. It's like racing a Buick against a Crosley....

My suggestion to Mr. Konkle is that he get a violin and serenade the "Serenade" and when he is through with that converted Waikiki washboard, get a sailboat and try sailing instead of tootin'.
Houston, Texas

Several weeks ago I read an article in your magazine (SI, Sept. 20) regarding the progress of baseball in the countries of Europe. Upon reading this item, I wondered if you and your magazine staff had heard of the popularity and progress of baseball and softball in South Africa and the Rhodesias.

Baseball from an amateur status is well organized and is progressing very rapidly in South Africa. The South African Baseball Association has just completed an arrangement with the U.S. Amateur Baseball Association to send an amateur team from the United States to South Africa and the Rhodesias in November 1956, for the purpose of playing approximately 28 games with the South African and Rhodesian ball teams.

The baseball season begins on 1 October and continues until about 10 March of each year. Each province of South Africa has teams organized into one or more leagues according to playing ability. Games are played on Saturdays with the major league teams playing on a central field called "Baseball Headquarters." Here in Northern Transvaal the major league has seven teams. After the completion of the first round of play, each province picks an all-star team from their major league players. This team is called the Province Team (Northern Transvaal). Games are then played between the province teams. The province with the most wins over the other provincial teams is considered the unofficial champion of South Africa....
Pretoria, South Africa

As one who has closely followed sports here and abroad for many years, and who has read every issue of SI to date, congratulations on a job well done. ... It is a splendid service to the American sporting public.

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