BASEBALL: THE HATED YANKEES
As a charter subscriber I have read and enjoyed your carefully written articles from the beginning. Your article on the Yankees in the July 22nd issue is among the best.
Whether or not Mr. Terrell is a Yankee fan is unimportant. He displayed his talent for presenting a logical, factual answer to the many questions people have had about the Yankees for years.
I have known these answers for some time, since I make it my business to know all about the Yankees. It was a pleasure to find someone like Mr. Terrell who organized his material and presented it clearly.
The Yankees are among the most hated in baseball today because they are efficient. Those who aren't able to be efficient themselves hate to see it in others. The Yankees offer an example for the rest of the league to follow. Many are beginning to follow, little by little.
The Bronx, N.Y.
•Roy Terrell, who neither hates nor loves the Yankees but tries to eye them like an opposing batter, admits that it is sometimes difficult not to be impressed. "It would be nice, though," he admits, "to see a World Series played some place else." At the moment Mr. Terrell is not taking any bets.—ED.
BASEBALL: POOR SPORTSMANSHIP
In their desire to win, do Yankee brass ever think that seven-eighths of all American League fans desire another team to be a winner? For a group of men who have literally everything—prestige, affluence, money—the Yankee management is the poorest example of sportsmanship ever foisted onto a long-suffering American public.
My suggestion: Let SPORTS ILLUSTRATED take a poll, and the Yankees will soon find out how much the baseball fan wants another team as a winner. "Break up the Yankees" should become the hue and cry of every sportswriter across the land.
CHARLES J. SCHISSEL, M.D.
•So far, readers' response is 3 to 1 for the Yankees.—ED.
BASEBALL: ROCKNES OF THE YANKEES
The article entitled Yankee Secrets made interesting reading about my favorite ball club, but egads, gentlemen, the younger generation will get the idea that the Yankee dynasty was founded by George Weiss, who is referred to as "the man that Webb and Topping have hired." The reference, of course, is true, but it fails to present the picture in its proper perspective. Weiss was originally brought into the Yankee organization in 1931 by the greatest front-office man in the history of baseball—Edward Grant Barrow. Paul Krichell, "the late famed Yankee chief scout" who is quoted in the article, was hired by the same Mr. Barrow—in 1920, when Barrow was the general manager of the Red Sox. Krichell came to the Yanks along with Barrow. It was Barrow who hired Marse Joe McCarthy, whose record needs no review.
Perhaps we should go back one additional step and doff our caps to Colonel Jacob Ruppert, who was the man who first demanded of the Yankees the same high standards which they have maintained to this day. "Break up the Yankees" was a way of life with the rest of the American League (and a goodly portion of the National League) almost 20 years before Webb and Topping inherited the organization.
I realize that your article was not intended to be a history of the Yankees, but any attempt to describe the esprit de corps of the ball club without at least a passing reference to Ruppert, Barrow or even Huggins and McCarthy is like trying to describe the spirit of Notre Dame football without mentioning Knute Rockne.
W. J. DEEVY
THE "MAN" AND THE PRINCE
Has anyone noticed the resemblance between the Prince of St. Louis (Stan Musial, page 44, SI, July 15) and the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip, page 46)?
DOMENIC D. JEROME
Upper Darby, Pa.
ROWING: CRIMSON-FACED ARE WE
The statement has been made in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Big Red Takes It All by John Lovesy, July 15) and in some of the newspapers that the Cornell-Yale final in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley was the first all-American final in that historic race.
Such is not the case. In 1914, the Harvard junior varsity met and defeated the Union Boat Club of Boston in the Grand Challenge final.
Why did Harvard send the jayvee instead of the varsity? In those days a crew coached by a professional was ineligible at Henley. Harvard's varsity was coached by Jim Wray, who was on the payroll, hence the jayvee coached by Robert F. Herrick, an amateur, made the trip to England.
WILLIAM H. MORGAN
•Lovesy, we Lovesy not. Not only was the 1914 Challenge Cup final an all-American test but it was also an all-Harvard affair. As they read the boating of the crews listed below, all Harvard men will please rise and join SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in a spirited chorus of "With crimson in triumph flashing, 'Mid the strains of victory...."
Harvard Junior Varsity, 1914: Bow, Leverett Saltonstall '14; 2, James Talcott '16; 3, Henry H. Meyer '15; 4, Henry S. Middendorf '16; 5, John W. Middendorf '16; 6, David P. Morgan '16; 7, Louis Curtis '14; stroke, Charles C. Lund '16; coxswain, Henry L. F. Kreger '16.
Union Boat Club: Bow, Gordon H. Balch '12; 2, Eliot Farley '07; 3, Robert H. Tappan '07; 4, Sullivan A. Sargent '10; 5, Jesse E. Waid '10; 6, Lothrop Withington '09; 7, Paul Withington '09; stroke, Roger W. Cutler '11; coxswain, Charles T. Abeles '13.—ED.
MOTOR SPORTS: UNFILLED PROMISES
If SPORTS ILLUSTRATED would have allowed Rospigliosi (1 page) equal coverage regarding Monza's auto race as was allowed Arcaro (5 pages) regarding the "Art of Switching a Horse Whip from Right Hand to Left Hand" (SI, July 8), then Rospigliosi would have been able to tell SPORTS ILLUSTRATED fans the full truth about the race. He would have been able to inform your readers the following concerning this "race of the century":
1) The Monza track is a course 6.2 miles in length, built primarily for Grand Prix racing for sports cars (right turns, left turns, uphill and downhill).
2) Contained within, and as a part of the Monza circuit, is a 2.6 mile oval used for high speed record runs.
3) European racing is in a clockwise direction.
In order to provide an interesting race, the European drivers were asked to make the following concessions:
1) Eliminate the road racing aspects and use only the high speed 2.6 mile oval, since Americans did not have Grand Prix type cars.
2) Run counterclockwise on this oval, rather than the customary clockwise direction, because the Indianapolis cars' suspensions and engine mountings are designed as such.
3) Allow entry of the Indy type cars, which average approximately 400 to 800 cubic inches more in engine capacity than the Grand Prix cars.
Naturally the top European drivers banded together (UPPI) and realized they were risking their lives if they were to attempt to catch the obviously faster Indy cars. They, therefore, boycotted the race and were, of course, made to look quite ridiculous when the race was completed without a single accident or blowout. Roughness of the track knocked out seven of 10 American entries, and the D Jags finished fourth, fifth and sixth.
The race proved one final fact—the D Jaguar will go down in automotive history as one of the finest, most endurable sports cars ever built. The three D Jaguars at Monza had finished first, second and third at the grueling 24-hour Le Mans race only seven days previous. On the same day (June 23), D Jaguars finished first, second and fourth at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Road America. Please remember that the Monza Jaguars, as sports cars, were carrying, in comparison to the Indy cars, two seats, generator, starter, road course suspension, extensive braking system, full lighting and ignition systems.
To make a more realistic comparison, the sports car versus Indy track racer on an oval circuit is similar to a polo pony versus a Thoroughbred at the Arlington Classic. It's a farce before the green flag is dropped.
For any future auto racing articles, allow the writer time and space for a factual report and eliminate the slanted articles. There are thousands of enthusiasts, such as myself, who are only too happy to defend the criticism aimed at sports cars.
P. D. COURTOIS
•Keenly interested in the Monza "500" since it was conceived, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED reported the basic plan, favoring American cars, 19 months ago (Dec. 12, 1955). Granted that the Europeans would have had to build special cars to be competitive with the Americans; the organizers led the public to believe this would be done. It was not (thereby diminishing the race's news value substantially), and the European manufacturers were neatly taken off the hook by the drivers who formed a union and boycotted the race. Publicly, the drivers called Monza dangerous; privately, they said European cars were not ready (E & D, June 24), and were bitterly resentful that their usual appearance money would not be forthcoming. As a result Monza was a walkover for Jim Bryan & Co.-ED.
ARCARO: OLD HAND'S APPROVAL
I want you to know how very much I have been impressed with the fine series of articles in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED by Eddie Arcaro and Whitney Tower.
This type of publicity is wonderful for racing and must be tremendously interesting to turf fans who, until this time, never appreciated the problems involved in the art of becoming a good jockey.
The articles have been just beautifully illustrated and most informative. Even those of us who have been connected with racing for some time can learn a great deal by reading them.
Congratulations on a job done to perfection.
JAMES D. STEWART
Vice-president and General Manager
Hollywood Turf Club
ADVENTURE: FEMININE HEARTBEATS
Sporting Start for a Marriage (SI, July 22)! What a terrific way to start a life together! I was intrigued, yet awed that there breathes yet a man who desires adventure with a lovely bride beside him.... Congratulations!
SONYA R. HOARD
Silver Springs, Md.