First in the (minor) league but last in their hearts, Russell Pool could chuck it all and go home to either his Philadelphia mother's Main Line or his equally wealthy father's Florida domain. This poor little rich boy, who first tried out for baseball as a prep school punitive alternate to cheerleading, now finds his convertible and college degree--as well as the sharpest tongue around greater disabilities than the fallen arch barring him from an Army career. Like the author's previous heroes (L'il Wildcat--1967, p. 508, J-180 and Tiger Rookie--1966, p. 253 J-94) Pool has personality rather than performance troubles. Both uniformed and front office authority figures finally isolate the strike zone, and Russ retreats without losing face and probably gains a future. More enterprising than most, a little heavy outside the ball park.