MEMO from the publisher

July 25, 1960
July 25, 1960

Table of Contents
July 25, 1960

Only Big League
  • When 'Finisterre,' an unconventional little potbelly of a yawl, won the Bermuda Race in 1956 yachtsmen declared her a 'rule-beater' that reaped enormous handicap benefits over competitors under the complex racing rules. When she did it again in 1958, shattering precedent, Mitchell himself modestly stated that the race was a gamble anyway. But when she won it this year for the third time in a row there was left only one explanation: superior skill and knowledge rode with her veteran captain and crew. Much of that knowledge Mitchell imparted before the race (SI, June 27), but there was one maxim he left out. Here it is now: a piece of strategy he considers the key to victory

Delicate Trish
Jerry Barber
Part III: Teach Your Child To Swim
  • Though it was long ago supplanted by the crawl as the basic stroke, the traditional breaststroke is so easy and so restful that it remains today a valuable asset, an extra margin of safety, for the beginning swimmer. In the concluding lesson of his course, veteran Coach Matt Mann presents his methods for teaching the orthodox breaststroke to children

Horse Racing
Harness Racing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

MEMO from the publisher

The following letter recently came to me from Parma, Italy. Its opening appeal to my vanity was personally hard to resist. But its significant appeal, I think, may get a more useful response:

This is an article from the July 25, 1960 issue

Dear Mr. Sidney L. James:
You have to settle many and important things and we hope you will want to excuse our impudence to write to you; but our wish is you advice us to reach our aim, to become better and draw nearer to the founders of baseball. We are students, workmen, employees and in the 1950 we founded the Parma Baseball by many sacrifices. Our aim was to learn the baseball under the Olimpic flag of true dillettantism.

Our mothers and sisters sewed our uniforms and embroidered our simbol on the jackets; and when we go to other towns, we have our dinner in the bag with the glove and the baseball.

What we have is the result of our renunciations. We are players, practise during the free hours when we could rest or go to the bar; but our aim is to advance and to obtain some good results in Italy, in order to satisfy many young men, fans of this beautiful sport.

We don't obtain any helps because interests of Italian manufacturers are turned towards sports of professional players. We are true amateurs and of that we are proud. In our society we have many boys from 10 to 20 years old who would like to learn the baseball and practise the sporty of Joe DiMaggio. But at command we have few means. The new material is very dear in Italy; and the used material is not to be found.

I play catcher in our team and I learnt the baseball from the books and magazines. What we ask is for your interest in". helping us. We would appreciate it very much if you could put our team picture-in your magazine. We do think it would, do lots of good to us if some people that read your magazine would send us some old material that we could still use. We" will always be in gratitude with you.
Sincerely yours, the catcher,
B. Retto No. 40 Parma

PHOTOPARMA TEAM includes (top, from left): Cavalli, C; DelSante, OF; Tagliavini, P; Cottone, SS; Zollo, RF; Notari, 2B; Pedrini, 1B; (bottom) Iemmi, IF; Buschini, P; Cagozzi, CF-3B; Vecchi, IF; Savignano, C-3B; Cocconi, OF.