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OUR PRINCIPAL AND I-IIS MESSAGE
During your high school experience many of you have either actively participated
in games or have observed them with interest and enthusiasm. Perhaps but few have
sensed the importance of superior training that makes for genuine success in any
contest. An impatient baseball fan is said to have watched the Yankees and the
Giants warming up for one of the World Series games. A series of hot liners was
followed by slow liners, and grounders, some within reach and some for which one
had to jump high in the air. Finally the critic remarked, "Why don't you fellows
get out on the field and play ball?" The third baseman took time to reply, "This is
playing ball. Nothing gives us greater training, speed of action, accuracy of reach
and touch. They are all fundamental to the game." This was obviously the reason
the player had become good enough to play in a major league. The same general
principle, attention to fundamentals, applies to all the work you have done or may
attempt in the future. A few great fundamentals underlie every achievement. Twenty-
six letters in the alphabet with which to construct all of our English literature, ten
numerals for use in all of our computations, seven distinct primary colors for the
combination of shades, eight notes for all our songs and symphonies. As you enter
the hrst inning of life after finishing high school, it is important that you be able to
recognize clearly the basic principles and rules of the game. There is likely no
necessity of enumerating them, but it is well to observe that true sportsmanship is
based first of all on genuine honesty as shown toward yourself and those with whom
you work or play. Some wise man aptly said, "It is a matter of little importance
where one fights, so that he fights well and truly."
Remember too that not the goal but rather the struggle for it is that which actually
counts. Since life in its simplest form is really a struggle surely yours which must
be made in a complicated situation requires that it be made strenuously and with
determined purpose. So whatever your odds of winning may seem to be at present,
"don't flinch, don't foul, don't quit, but play the game" in the finest fashion of
which you are capable.
R. L. THOMAS
ROBERT L. THOMAS
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