From the November 1957 magazine.

On Relief Pitching

Autumn thoughts on baseball and sobriety, as seen by an oldtimer

THERE MAY APPEAR at first glance-very little connection between the American national game of baseball and Alcoholics Anonymous but for me the two have a close affiliation. In the particularly dark days of my life between February 1940 and March 1941, I was trying, sincerely I imagine, to find a way to avoid getting drunk and also spending a good part of the family's rather meager income on psychiatry. My situation, nevertheless, was deteriorating very rapidly. Then, unexpectedly, the break came on a fast "double play" from my wife to my psychiatrist to the National Headquarters of AA.

Briefly, early in 1941, my wife, by then quite desperate about me, happened upon a small news item in the morning paper concerning Alcoholics Anonymous--a fellowship of ex-drunks about which little was known in those days. Reluctantly I agreed to show the piece to my psychiatrist. His very honest comment astonished me: "Yes, I have heard of these people. They seem to have helped straighten out------"(The name he mentioned belonged to a fine baseball player whose career had been nearly wrecked by whiskey.) "I guess they are regular guys and I don't seem to be helping you a great deal. Why not contact them?" Thus encouraged, I wrote a letter to the P.O. Box number given in the article. I received a fine, friendly reply with information as to how to contact the only AA group then extant in our city. However, I am an alcoholic and I delayed further action. Need I tell you that soon thereafter I went on one more terrific binge, nearly wrecking everything remaining in my life?

-- An AA "Fan

New York City, New York

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