BASEBALL: A PROBLEM
I am a retired Methodist preacher, 74 years old. In my youth I did some wrestling, amateur fighting and taught some wrestling in college.
I am posing you an interesting problem in baseball deduction; I have not as yet solved this.
From Item 1 I know that neither Smith nor Brown was the pitcher. From Item 2 I know that neither Hunter, Knight nor White was the first baseman. It is an interesting set of problems of elimination.
Here is the problem:
September 27, 1959
Nine men—Brown, White, Adams, Miller, Green, Hunter, Knight, Jones and Smith—play positions on the baseball team.
The battery is the pitcher and catcher; the infield consists of the first, second and third basemen and the shortstop, the outfield of right, left and center fielders.
Determine from the following data the positions each plays.
1) Smith and Brown each won $10 playing poker with the pitcher.
2) Hunter is taller than Knight and shorter than White but each of these weighs more than the first baseman.
3) The third baseman lives across the corridor from Jones in the same apartment house.
4) Miller and the outfielders play bridge in their spare time.
5) Miller, White, Brown, the right fielder and the center fielder are bachelors, and the rest are married.
6) Of Adams and Knight, one plays an outfield position.
7) The right fielder is shorter than the center fielder.
8) The third baseman is a brother of the pitcher's wife.
9) Green is taller than the infielders and the battery except for Jones, Smith and Adams.
10) The second baseman beat Jones, Brown and Hunter and the catcher at cards.
11) The third baseman, the shortstop and Hunter made $150 each, speculating in U.S. Steel.
12) The second baseman is engaged to Miller's sister.
13) Adams lives in the same house as his own sister but dislikes the catcher.
14) Adams, Brown and the shortstop lost $200 each, speculating in copper.
15) The catcher has three daughters, the third baseman has two sons, but Green is being sued for divorce.
•The way we dope it out the solution is: Jones is the pitcher, Smith the center fielder, Brown at first base, White at second base, Adams at third base, Miller is the shortstop, Green at left field, Hunter at center field and Knight at right field—ED.
FOOTBALL: ROUGH TIMES AHEAD
As the football season begins each year the usual arguments are heard as to which team plays the toughest schedule. Everyone has his own theories as to who does. Here is mine: I looked over the 1959 schedules for the major teams in the country and awarded one point for each opponent who is among the top 25 teams on a won-lost basis over the past 25 years and one point for each opponent who is among the top 18 teams as ranked by the A.P. and the U.P.I. Here are the results: 8 points—Illinois, Iowa and Pittsburgh; 7 points—Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Rice; 6 points—Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee and UCLA; 5 points—Army, California, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, Navy, North Carolina, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Washington, and Wisconsin.
EDWARD H. WALTON JR.
I found Roderick Haig-Brown's article on Pacific salmon (The Fish That Runs in Millions, SI, Sept. 7), so interesting and complete that I would like to read more of his writings. Can you give me a list of the books he has written?
He is, of course, living in the West. Can you give me his address?
•Mr. Haig-Brown, who lives at "Above Tide," Campbell River, B.C., has a new book out this week called Fisherman's Summer (William Morrow, $3.75). This is his 12th book; among those in print are Fisherman's Winter, Fisherman's Spring, Measure of the Year, Salt Water Summer, The Western Angler, A River Never Sleeps and Return to the River.—ED.
Can you possibly find out what causes the pink pigment in salmon flesh?
M. J. PLICE
•It is the iodine content of the salmon's flesh.—ED.
BASEBALL: WATCH HIM
Thanks for a wonderful article on Vada Pinson (Baseball Is a Breeze for Vada Pinson, SI, Aug. 31). Since I am from The Northwest, he was my favorite player when he played for Seattle last year. I have seen him do everything. I have seen him score from second on an infield put-out and from first on a solid single. Pin-son is the greatest player in the majors since Willie Mays. In a couple of years there will be no one who can match him.
A CHAT WITH ADHEMAR
Having just read your excellent article about Adhemar da Silva (The Triple Jumper from Brazil, SI, Aug. 31), my family and I took especial notice when we first saw him at the Pan American Games in Chicago, August 29. At that time he was encouraging the final qualifiers in the broad jump—an event in which he did not compete.
As we headed for the exit at the end of the day, we passed him in the stands and stopped for a chat. The picture below shows how my 10-year-old son, Jim, feels about Adhemar. We were all impressed by his friendliness, warmth and simple dignity.
It was a fitting climax to see him win his specialty the next Wednesday. Even though he was not at his very best, his form was superbly balanced, relaxed and graceful.
Please convey our appreciation to Mr. De Carvalho for his splendid article, which added immeasurably to our experience.
ARTHUR L. REED
South Bend, Ind.
KEEPING FIT LEISURELY
In keeping with the spirit of national fitness or having fun in sports, we have a softball team here in Berkeley, made up of some nine or so "old men"—average age early 40s. Most of the fellows are former University of California basketball players whose names are well known, at least in these parts, and all are now successfully engaged in businesses and professions in the San Francisco Bay area.
Pete Newell, coach of the University of California 1959 NCAA basketball champs; Will Lotter, former Rose Bowl footballer and now University of California at Davis varsity football coach (who was in Berkeley completing his doctorate in education); and I, a broken-down old Cal first baseman, round out the team. Our aggregation has managed to win the Berkeley city softball title for several years, although we were squeezed out in our championship playoff this year by a 1-0 score. (Perhaps it is immodest to add that Newell and I were both away that night on university business!)
As is evident from the enclosed photograph, the games are very informal, and something of a family affair—note sons in first row. As is clear from the photo, our "uniforms" are not quite up to date and, in fact, aren't uniforms.
Anyway, we have great fun and manage, in a leisurely sort of way, to keep fit.
STANLEY E. MCCAFFREY
The University of California
TENNIS: ENIGMA WITHIN AN ENIGMA
Australia Wins It Back (SI, Sept. 7) leads one to think that the Davis Cup went its way primarily due to a dereliction in organization and coaching. The lesson so emphatically recognized last January in Australia was astonishingly ignored in August at Forest Hills.
Is it really so surprising that Mr. Olmedo (doesn't Mr. Olmedo sound strange?) should offer to us what you call an enigma? We, the people of the United States, are a thick-skinned and crass bunch. We take us so for granted, our habits, our culture, our high-handed manner; and anything that is not us—well, it just really isn't important.
Olmedo stated that "they don't understand." I would venture this is 60% of his and our problem. The other 40% is that we are not particularly interested in understanding.
You speak of the enigma of the player from Arequipa. How about the enigma of nonprofessionalism, or the enigma of Perry-Jonesism vs. Jack-Kramerism? The whole swinging cacophonous racket is an enigma.
San Francisco, Calif.