1944 The Sporting News: Letter to the Editor

Hi everyone. I don't post here much since moving to North Carolina, but I do read just about everything. At the moment, I've got something too good to keep to myself. Full disclaimer: I work for, so this is kind of promotional.

We're getting ready to put together a 125th anniversary celebration next year, and I've been blessed with the opportunity to help go through the TSN archives. In other words, I've seen 95% of The Sporting News issues from 1940 to the present.

Anyway, a lot of the cool stuff relating to the Giants, specifically, is already online, and you can find 'em if you've got Google ninja skillz, like these pages of late-50s images, which includes a piece on Willie Mays that I'm telling everyone should be a poster.

But the most fascinating thing I've seen thus far is a letter to the editor in a 1944 issue, which is only tangentially related to the Giants, but directly related to their bitter rivals. Full text and image below.

Mr. J.G. Taylor Spink,
St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Sir:

I am forwarding to you a bit of news I thought you would like to know about. My brother was attached to the Fifth Army, while he was in Italy (he is now in France).

While on a reconnaisance mission with a few of his buddies, they came upon a small German patrol. After a slight skirmish, as he puts it, they captured three Nazis. While marching them back to headquarters for questioning, he noticed a newspaper sticking out one of the prisoner's pockets. Thinking it to be a German paper, he removed it. Well, he wrote me, you could have knocked him over with a feather when he discovered it to be an overseas edition of The Sporting News. Greatly surprised that a German soldier would find any interest in baseball, he questioned him and found out that he had gotten The Sporting News from an American prisoner. That he, the German soldier, at one time lived in Washington Heights, N.Y., and was a great Brooklyn fan. He also expressed a hope that the war would end soon, so that he could once more go to Ebbets Field and root for the Dodgers.

My brother asked me to let you know about this, so you could see how The Sporting News gets around. I also would like to add my bit and tell you that I have been reading The Sporting News for 20 years. And I truly believe that a finer sports paper has never been published. Keep up the fine work you are doing for the boys in the service. They all love you for it.

Sincerely yours,
Joseph J. Weinstein,

2200 Walton Ave.,
Bronx, N.Y.C.

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There's lots more where that came from, and I hope you'll keep an eye out for what we've got in store for the 125th.

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