By Waite Forsyth
The selection of Leslie "Flash" James as the outstanding first baseman in a classy field of first sackers performing in the National Semi-Pro Baseball Tournament at Wichita, Kans., during the past season, comes as no surprise to me.
Lest someone get the idea I am boasting, ala the town braggart, let me hasten to explain that scouts of several big league clubs were on hand and that they were unstinting in their praise of James' performance in the two games played by the Jamestown Boosters at the tournament. Naturally enough, since I was at the tourney, I heard their comments.
But the Booster first baseman's performance in those two tournament games was remarkable. He made seemingly impossible plays in the field and not once did he do the wrong thing. Two of his catches of lazy looping flies along the right field foul line and in outfield territory were sensational, and not a ball was hit past him or through the area which he guarded.
James, a veteran of the diamond, though young in years, enjoyed his greatest season this year. He played first base for the Hope's Windows Muny Class A League champions, caught, pitched and played the infield for the Falconer entry in the Chautauqua County League, coached the Falconer American Legion team which won the District Eight title, only to be disqualified, and rounded out his performance with his showing at the Wichita tournament. Just the other night he belted three doubles and a triple for the Windowmen, playing a vital role in their capture of the Class A league championship.