BASEBALL ISSUE: GOOD CHEER
The best baseball issue (SI, April 14) yet! Robert Creamer's The Unbarnacled Truth was a masterpiece and should be read by every baseball fan. It did so much to bolster the spirits of fans everywhere.
WRIGLEY: WISE, WISE MAN
I spent a good hour working my way through Robert Boyle's article on Phil Wrigley and found it fascinating. That man is a complete paradox. How different most of us would be from him were we born to wealth and a name. But he's a wise, wise man and he knows where the real values are.
A. N. WETCHER
Mr. Creamer points out in The Unbarnacled Truth regarding subscription television that at 50� a set one World Series game will bring in an estimated $10 million. Six and one-half million of this would go to the company that owns the pay-TV franchise. Spread over the baseball season this income represents fantastic money.
The money of course comes from the fan, who will have to pay for exactly the same thing he now sees free of charge. Just what are the proprietors of the pay-TV franchise going to offer the television audience that they are not getting now? Nothing. But if you don't put your 50� in the living-room slot machine you can't see the ball game.
THE VOICES: SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
Why blast Philadelphia Announcer Gene Kelly? The quote you gave, "Don't set the table, Mabel, we'll be here for extra innings," is often heard by the fans here, but your comment that this "can wear" is simply uncalled for.
That expression is Gene Kelly, the man we Phillies fans love to follow during the baseball season. In the opening game of the season Kelly came up with an expression, I'll always remember: "Spring training is over and it isn't next year, it's this year."
...SILENT IN CINCINNATI
In your analysis of the 16 clubs, you mentioned every announcer in the business with the exception of one: me. I have been broadcasting the Cincinnati games with Waite Hoyt for four years and, as you know, getting your name before the public in a magazine such as yours never did any harm.
?Jack Moran (37, modest), the No. 2 radioman with Waite Hoyt, was a nine-letter man at Bellevue, Ky. high school. Moran spent several years broadcasting over stations in West Virginia, New Mexico and Wisconsin before joining WSAI in Cincinnati. In the summer of '54 Moran won out over 125 other applicants to become Hoyt's assistant. A good enough ballplayer to have been offered a contract by the Albuquerque Cubs when he was announcing their games, Moran is a knowledgeable observer of the game.—ED.
...MOVED IN ST. LOUIS
Everyone in the St. Louis area and any Cardinal fan knows Harry Caray (43, exuberant) for his "Hol-ly co-ow."
Maybe the Braves' Earl Gillespie says it, too, but surely not as heart-rendingly as Harry Caray.