Sport: Why Pick on P.A.s?

The stories about draft discrimination kept piling up. Several athletes who looked like grade A 4-Fs had been hurriedly reclassified and inducted—after draft officials spotted the P.A. (for Professional Athlete) on their papers. Examining doctors had rejected Hugh Poland of the Braves until an Army officer cracked: "If you can play ball, you can serve in the Army." The Phillies' Ron Northey had been turned down and then called up three days later. The Cardinals' Danny Litwhiler had been drafted despite a medical notation that "this registrant . . . does not meet...

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