WITHOUT FEAR OR TERROR
On behalf of the Hungarian Olympic team I must express my greatest and deepest gratitude toward SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, which gave us tremendous help in the gravest hours of our lives. At the end of the Olympic Games at Melbourne the Hungarian team as a unit was at a loss; we didn't know what to do. But just in those very grave hours we found a friend indeed. It was SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. We owe everything to this magazine which helped us reach our own personal symbol of freedom—the United States of America—where we are certain we can begin a newer and happier and, above all, a free life without fear or terror.
In common with thousands of your readers I applaud the efforts of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to bring to this country those members of the Hungarian Olympic team who decided to seek asylum here. Their decision must have been an agonizing one to make and, having made it, they deserve all our help. It speaks well for the ability and integrity of your reporters in Melbourne (and your organization) that they were chosen by the team to arrange their emigration. I wish them well in their new life in America.
M. R. HARNE
I was a judge of gymnastics in Melbourne and in Helsinki and London. I made a number of friends among the women gymnasts and, if any of them come over to this country, I should like to offer to sponsor one in Philadelphia. I should like to help her learn English and then to coach gym at one of our clubs here. This will be a mutual benefit because our gym team must look toward 1960.
MARTHA A. GABLE
I read your fine article concerning the Hungarian Olympic team and of your interest in getting them to the U.S. I also would like to assist them to get here.
•The editors acknowledge with pleasure a debt of gratitude not only to the many readers who volunteered their most welcome help, but also to others who responded to specific requests for help: Tracy Voorhees, President Eisenhower's special assistant for refugee problems; General Joseph Swing, chief of the U.S. Immigration Service; Edward Rudnick and Sol Marks of the same agency; Juan Trippe and John Leslie of Pan American Airways, who generously provided an airplane for the trip across the Pacific from Melbourne; Governor Goodwin Knight of California, who welcomed the group to U.S. Soil; and Art Armstrong of United Air Lines, which brought them to New York from San Francisco.—ED.
HOT STOVE: NO, NO, MR. SWANN
Up till now I have looked with kindness upon your Hot Stove trades as the winter diversion of some very worthy friends of the game, but when Mr. Jim Swann starts tinkering with my Red Sox (19TH HOLE, Dec. 17) I feel compelled to attempt to call these proceedings to a screeching halt.
Trade Lepcio, Throneberry and Zauchin, indeed! And the three of them for Courtney and Yost from the Senators! Why do the Red Sox need a lead-off man when we have Goodman, Klaus and Piersall?
As for Courtney, we have three young catchers, White, Daley and Sullivan, who are coming along rapidly. As for Marv Throneberry, he looks to many like the successor to Ted Williams' many laurels within a few years.
HOT STOVE: THE DODGERS (CONT.)
I was rather shocked to learn so many people want to break the Dodgers up.
To me it just wouldn't be the Dodgers without Gil Hodges at first; Carl Furillo in right; Duke Snider in center; Pee Wee Reese at short, Campy behind the plate; Newk on the mound. These are the Dodgers! And if these men aren't in Dodger uniforms when our Bucs upset them, I don't care if the Pirates win or lose. Beating the Dodgers will have lost its meaning to me.
M. A. VEVERS
•Not only Brooklyn, but the entire National League has been given a drastic overhaul by 19TH HOLE trader-readers. For their version of the Hot Stove National League, see box on opposite page.—ED.
NICEST IN THE NATION?
We of The University Daily Kansan consider it unjust that you should refer to the KU campus as a "hodgepodge of local limestone and brick" and refer to a single fraternity house as the only pleasant structure to look upon (Basketball's Animal Kingdom, SI, Dec. 17).
We don't contend we have the most beautiful campus in the nation, but we do believe it is one of the nicest. And so does The Topeka State Journal (see right).
The staff of The University Daily Kansan
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S "HODGEPODGE OF LOCAL LIMESTONE AND BRICK" IS AN INSULT TO US JAYHAWKERS WHO LOVE EVERY STONE AND BRICK ON MOUNT OREAD AND WHO FIRMLY BELIEVE WE HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS IN THE WORLD. FRAZIER, THE OLDEST BUILDING ON THE CAMPUS, BUILT A SHORT TIME AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, IS NO HODGEPODGE OF LOCAL LIMESTONE. AND TRY TO TELL THE LAWYERS THAT THE LAW BUILDING IS JUST LOCAL LIMESTONE AND BRICK.
PAUL B. LEFFLER, M.D.
•No slur intended at all. Jeremiah Tax, whose job is to look at things through a basketball hoop, pronounced KU's campus a hodgepodge only in comparison with the functional beauty of KU's leading citizen, Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain.—ED.
NATIONAL LEAGUE AS HOT STOVE TRADERS SEE IT
Italics indicate last year team member; boldface indicates player actually traded