I accept your invitation to identify the National Leaguers in the 1955 All-Star Game (WONDERFUL WORLD, July 7). They are: Willie Mays (5), Fred Haney (6), Duke Snider (7), Ted Kluszewski (8), Leo Durocher (9), Don Newcombe (10), Gil Hodges (11), Robin Roberts (12), Ernie Banks (13), Randy Jackson (14), Gene Baker (15), Red Schoendienst (16).
JAMES FORSYTH JR.
Upper Darby, Pa.
•A hearty Pat on the Back to Mr. Forsyth for correctly identifying the All-Stars to the right of home plate above; also to Messrs. Tom Brier, Scranton, Pa.; Elliot Nehmad, Ventnor, N.J.; Bob Cardinal, San Francisco; John Fox, Dubuque, Iowa, and George Briggs, Eau Claire, Wis., who also replied correctly to the challenge. Alert readers readily spotted the Phillies' Robin Roberts in a Milwaukee warmup jacket, but missed Leo Durocher. The clue; white button on his cap, a significant feature of the Giants' headgear. But highest honors must go to SPORTS ILLUSTRATBD'S own Chicago advertising salesmen who pooled their knowledge to come up with the only correct identification of the triumvirate to the left: Umpire Bill Summers (3), Bat Boy Paul Wick (2) and Ball Boy Dave Williams (4).—ED.
A 21-Roman candle salute for your holiday recipe, Frankfurters Flambé (SI, July 7). My family loved it—and I enjoyed cooking it. Now please allow me to give to you my own special frankfurter treat.
Boil three frankfurters and put through a food chopper. Then cut up one large onion and put through the chopper (this should make amount equal to the hot dog mix). Moisten the mixture by adding mayonnaise and mustard and/or a small amount of horse-radish. A dash of Worcestershire sauce is good, too, as are several chopped black olives. Spread on Melba toast rounds. Makes a delicious hors d'oeuvre.
A special hip-hip-hooray to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for carrying the evolution of the popular dog one step farther! The scrumptious picture, those scrumptious recipes!
Now my family cheers me for the sizzling Frankfurters Flambé I delivered for the holidays.
West Boylston, Mass.
I am willing to put up with your fashions and your recipes, but when I see a full-page color picture of a hot dog and then discover that your next week's cover story is "Educating Your Dog at Home," I'm ready to call it quits.
F. WAINWRIGHT BARNES
Bill Leonard's The Battle of the Hams (SI, June 30) is an oasis in a desert of misinformation published in nonham magazines. Hams will doff their headphones to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Leonard for combining on the most readable piece on the hobby seen anywhere outside of publications devoted to it.
Any ham who has ever battered his way through a DX contest can thank Leonard for making it all seem plausible, exciting and even reasonable—something few amateurs can ever achieve with their neighbors, friends and wives in describing the miserable ecstasy of a DX contest.
More than that, Leonard's piece is probably the first faithful account written for the uninitiated that can be read by hams everywhere without wincing. Too often in the past, hams have been victimized by well-meaning writers who simply didn't understand what they wrote about.
D. F. MURRAY
FB OM on The Battle of the Hams. Enjoyed it tremendously! 73.
New York City
•TKS OB ES CUL SK.—ED.
In SCOREBOARD (June 30) you made note that MIT won the national intercollegiate dinghy title. Could you possibly give a complete rundown on all the schools competing?
I wish you had given this event half as big a writeup as you are giving the coming America's Cup races. These dinghy races represent a bigger cross section of America than does the rich man's race.
The University of Southern California has made a sort of "grand slam" of major collegiate sports this year by winning the National Collegiate Championships in track, baseball and tennis and coming in third in golf. This surely must be unprecedented in the history of collegiate athletics.
•Both MIT and USC finished the year at the head of their classes. USC's triple win is unprecedented, marking the first time in the NCAA's 75-year history that one institution has taken three of the 15 team titles in one year. USC now leads in total NCAA team championships, 26 to Yale's 25. MIT's June victory in the national collegiate dinghy races at Newport Harbor, Calif. was its 10th win in 22 years; Skippers Dennis Posey, '59, White Plains, N.Y., and Bill Widnall, '59, Saddle River, N.J., accrued 229 points. The rundown: Michigan 211, Navy 203, Notre Dame 179, Brown 167, Stanford, 157, Occidental 156 and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 108.—ED.