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October 29, 1962
OF TIME AND THE PLAYOFFSirs:Considering events of the last three weeks we await apologies from all self-appointed detractors of baseball, whose major complaints are that baseball is dull and consumes too much time. Was anyone bored by the Giant-Dodger playoff or the World Series? Did anyone turn off the second playoff game because it ran four hours and 18 minutes? A consensus in the bar in which I watched that epic contest was that another four hours and 18 minutes would have been completely endurable.JERRY C. DAVISFalls Church, Va.
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October 29, 1962

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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The best quarterback in college ball today is without doubt Northwestern's Tom Myers. I have seen him play three times, and he is simply sensational. He runs well, as South Carolina can testify, he is most difficult to catch back of the line, as Illinois can testify, and with 20 of 24 completions in his first game he beat anything Otto Graham did at Northwestern.
Columbus, Neb.

Excellent quarterbacks all, but the very best of the crop may well be Ole Miss's Glynn Griffing, already drafted by the New York Giants, who is throwing touchdown passes again for the Rebels just as did his All-America predecessors, Charlie Conerly and Jake Gibbs, on two other championship Mississippi teams.
Trenton, N.J.

I enjoyed your editorial comment on George Shabay's letter (19TH HOLE, Oct. 15) concerning the "ol' canary hide" for baseballs. But why not a yellow jacket for golf balls? It would certainly help one to keep his eye on the ball and follow a shot all the way. How much easier to find a lost ball and how much more enjoyable for both player and spectator to follow a shot from tee to green!
Ozone Park, N.Y.

As the pappy of the "ol canary hide," I was delighted to see that George Shabay of Graham, Texas has raised his voice in hopes of a further break with tradition in baseball—for the sake of improving the game.

As you reported, tests did prove that the yellow ball was easier to see, but they could not have been conducted without the help of Ford Frick, then head of the National League. In that position he was interested in anything that would help the game, help the fans enjoy it and help the players play it.

It was through the efforts of MacPhail and Frick that the yellow ball was legalized as an "optional ball" but, as you pointed out, in order to get it used managers had to request it, and they never did.

Why? I suspect the main deterrent was the thought of interference with "tradition."

Since that time traditions have been broken all over both leagues. Ten teams instead of eight; helmets to protect batters, increased schedules have all made their way into the game, so now why not the ultimate in a high-visibility ball?

Every time a player is hurt by a pitched or hit ball, every fielding error, every questionable call by an umpire should be a reminder that an easier-to-see ball would improve the quality of this sport.
New York City

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