In your articles on the Little League an eminent educator maintains that high school is soon enough to begin lessons in playing to win. The average intramural sport program in high school is comparable to a fast game of beanbag. Then the armed forces get these "well-adjusted individuals," and are saddled with the job of making them understand the basic facts of life. American educators shy away from competition in schools because the kid who comes out second best may be made to feel inferior. At the same time as these teachers are playing down competition they are posting class standings and asking for hands in the classroom.
I believe in competition: the stronger the better. And American educators might take a look at a guy named Ignatius Loyola who founded an outfit that used competition in the purest sense; class against class, group against group, student against student. He turned out a pretty good crew of men, too: Voltaire, Corneille, Descartes and others. They may have been rebels, but well-educated rebels. That's more than I can say for the current product of American education.
In the final analysis, if this cold war becomes hot, it's going to be guys with guts and savvy enough to make best use of their talents and those who strike back the hardest that are going to walk away with all the marbles. I may be dead wrong, but it seems to me that if a guy is shooting at you and you are shooting at him (even by intercontinental missile), that's a pretty basic form of competition.
A. M. HASSLER, USN
I have enjoyed the stories which you have included in EVENTS & DISCOVERIES from time to time and would like to add one concerning the current sports car craze to your collection.
A favorite concerns the pedestrian who was run into by a sports car and had to go to the doctor to have it taken out.
Maybe this has been around for a while, but it's new to us up here.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Emmett Watson's profile on Fred Hutchinson (SI, Aug. 26) was one of the finest and most comprehensive hunks of writing ever to appear in your magazine.
I was so impressed with Mr. Watson's logic that I shall root for Hutch's Cardinals to finish...second...next year.
Immediately under the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco Chronicle
You state Fred Hutchinson entered the U.S. Navy in 1941 for four years. The picture you published of him in uniform indicates he was a chief petty officer and the six hash marks on his left sleeve denote 24 years of service. How come?