HITS, RUNS AND ERRORS
Congratulations. Your reports on the front office and ball park of each major league team were superb (Scouting Reports 1961, April 10).
This is an article from the April 24, 1961 issue
The only thing wrong with the whole issue was that you called the Chicago White Sox old. You must remember that they are long on experience.
A team does not perform strictly on the basis of past records. Rookies come through, veterans come back, and unknowns star.
The Cubs will arise because it is not dusty, lifeless statistics that win a ball game; nor is it the predictions of myopic pencil-pushers. It is desire, confidence and team spirit.
The Cardinals' Ernie Broglio and Lindy McDaniel are a better starter-reliever combination than anything the World Champion Pirates can possibly field.
I would like to thank you gentlemen for the raw deal you gave the Detroit Tigers. Jake Wood is going to be the Rookie of the Year, and the Tigers are going to win the pennant.
During his stint with the Detroit Tigers last season, Angel Steve Bilko, "still a West Coast legend," was primarily known for his RNBIs (Runs Not Batted In).
This year's Baseball Issue is a hit in any league.
ALONZO H. ROBINSON
Fort Knox, Ky.
HEY, GETCHA COLD BEER
That was a real gem, that crack of yours that the "best way to go to the ball game in Boston is the MTA." Whose idea was that? Let me explain that to get to Fenway Park from outside of Boston where I live, you get on Suicide Drive, known as the Southeast Expressway, then take another horrible drive through Massachusetts Avenue to the park. Parking isn't easy, but can be done. The Boston police do cooperate during the season. That drive takes 30 minutes door to door, compared to the two hours spent to get home on the MTA, getting pushed, shoved, insulted, smoke blown in your face, and Lord help the children if you have them with you! Gentlemen, please, I know from what I speak. I've traveled both. Your article wasn't very informative, but it sure was funny.
Your description of Yankee Stadium was quite accurate, especially one sentence: "Just try to get away without tipping a stadium usher!"
Last June three college friends and I took a special railroad excursion to New York and a Red Sox-Yankee double-header. An usher very kindly showed us the way, wiped our seats and, of course, waited for his tip. This was two bits apiece for keeping the seats of our pants clean, mind you.
Came the seventh inning with the Bosox trailing 1-5: the Sox put a man on first with two outs and up stepped Ted Williams. Without thinking twice, I turned to the usher and made a friendly two-bit wager that Ted would hit one in the stands—fair. He accepted. Ted obliged. I got my quarter back. But next time I go to Yankee Stadium I'll sit in the bleachers.
"Pirate fans bring their own" beer into Forbes Field? Horrors!
The city fathers decreed last year that the fans must now sit and watch in beerless awe.
You stated that St. Louis was the "only ball park with draught beer."
Cincinnati has sold draught beer since beer was legalized.
HERMAN H. STRICKLE
A CHANCE TO RUN
After reading your article on distance runner Fred Norris (The Oldest Freshman, Jan. 23) I contacted seven friends of mine—J. Bogert Tailer, Donald B. Tansill Jr., Garrick C. Stephenson, Richard T. Frick Jr., O. J. Anderson, Robert S. Coleman and S. Willets Meyer—who I felt might be willing to share in providing the necessary funds to enable Mr. Norris to compete in the Boston Marathon. Although none of them is a runner, every one of them became enthusiastic about the project.
I know you'll be glad to hear that because of their support Mr. Norris will be running in Boston this Wednesday.
BROMWELL AULT JR.
Mill Neck, N.Y.