The Press: Fielder's Choice

In a crusade to suppress sin and soup up circulation, the New York Post Home News last week inflated a new dragon. It launched a series called "Millions on Every Pitch," supposedly exposing a nationwide, $33 million-a-day gambling racket based on professional baseball. Cried the Post: "Powerful gambling syndicates, ruthless bookmakers and gangsters, common cutthroats and other criminal vermin [make millions] at the expense of the great sport of American youth."

Next day Post readers advised young (33) Editor James A. Wechsler to take a look at his own sport section. For the benefit of criminal vermin and ordinary baseball bettors among...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!