Bv Lieutenant Commander J. L. Nielson, U. S. Navy
Extract from official Naval Radio press received in Chungking, China, November 9, 1922:
“LOS ANGELES-KID CARROLL NEGRO U. S. S. ARIZONA WON IN SEVEN ROUNDS FROM EXCHAMPION MAYOR U. S. S. TEXAS LIGHT HEAVY WEIGHT NAVY CHAMPIONSHIP BELIEVED FIRST TIME NEGRO NAVY CHAMPION.”
This article is not intended to discourage athletics, but to make them more efficient; and to help improve what is now only in fair condition.
I do not think that the money or the time spent on athletics has been utilized so that the greatest good comes thereby to the greatest number.
I think that the athletic allotments have been spent more for entertainment than they have been physically to develop the naval personnel.
We all know, or try to make ourselves believe that an athletic ship is a happy ship.
I grant that the winning of the fleet championship by the U. S. S. ---'s baseball team does create on that ship a happy and contented feeling.