Because of his literary background, the son of Ring Lardner was chosen to read books for their potential as movie material.
But you do not have to play baseball to make a rookie mistake.
That was as true in 1937 as it is today.
In my debut as an appraiser of movie material,
I cast a no-vote on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind mostly because I objected on political grounds to the glorification of slave-owners and the Ku Klux Klan. [A second appraiser] found it poorly written and not worth the money it would cost to produce...The third appraiser, Sylvia Schulman, was so enthusiastic and so persistent David Selznick began to consider it seriously.
-Ring Lardner Jr.
I'd Hate Myself In The Morning
Not only do rookies make mistakes, they also hit home runs.
Ring Lardner Jr. married Sylvia Schulman.