Permit me to ask
Mr. Lane this: Does he feel that a "qualifying footnote" should appear
on Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs?
When Ruth set
that record (1927) a ball which hit fair territory in the outfield and then
bounced into the stands was recorded as a home run. The precise number of such
home runs which Ruth hit that year never was recorded officially. And rightly
so. According to the official ruling such a hit was a home run, not a ground
rule double as it is now.
But, if I follow
Mr. Lane correctly, any record established under "easy conditions"
should be qualified with a footnote. This is nonsense. Suppose one of
Cleveland's hurlers pitched a no-hitter against the Yankees on a day when all
their regulars were sidelined with injuries? Would Mr. Lane then
"qualify" the no-hitter with a "footnote" because it was
pitched under "easy conditions"?
He'd fume to the
gills at such a suggestion.
JOHN R. KANE
New York City
buffs have long been bothered by the possibility that some of the
record-setting 60 homers hit by Ruth in 1927 might have bounced into the
bleachers from the outfield—a hit now good for only two bases. Recently,
however, evidence from two top experts indicates that purists can put away
their doubts, that home runs hit by the Babe flew all the way. For instance,
Baseball Statistician Seymour Siwoff, editor of the Little Red Book of Big
League Baseball: "I have searched the newspaper files and studied the
reports of the 1927 games and nowhere do I find a bounce-in homer attributed to
Ruth." Corroborating Siwoff's findings is the testimony of Sportswriter
Arthur Mann, who covered the 1927 Yankee games for the Evening World. Writes
Mann: "I cannot recall any of Ruth's 60 home runs bouncing in from the
playing field. What is more important, my scorebook shows none." But Mann's
scorebook does indeed show a number of bounce-in homers hit by others,
including one by Ruth's teammate, Lou Gehrig.—ED.
Reader Justus (19TH HOLE, June 2) may be interested to know that Track &
Field News will lead a tour to the Rome Olympics, just as we have to the past
two Olympics. Mr. Justus is invited to join the more than 200 track and field
fans who have accompanied our group to great international meetings since 1952.
And while planning for the 1960 Olympics is going ahead at full speed we have
three groups going to Europe this summer—for the British Empire Games in
Cardiff, Wales; for the European Athletic Championships in Stockholm; and for
the U.S.A. vs. U.S.S.R. meet in Moscow.
Publisher Track & Field News
Los Altos, Calif.
As it is not often that we have the pleasure of welcoming an American rider to
the Tourist Motor Cycle Races in the Isle of Man (SCOREBOARD, June 16), it is
hoped that this photograph of John Marcotte of California will prove of
interest. The Bishop of Sodor and Man provides an interesting background.
For a newcomer,
Marcotte performed admirably and, after averaging over 77 mph in the junior
Tourist Trophy event, he rode the same machine in the senior event and
increased his average to 83 mph. For his performance, he was awarded a bronze
replica of the main trophy.
enjoys a very high standing on this side of the Atlantic and attracts many
thousands of spectators. It is to be hoped that on future occasions it will be
possible for additional riders from the U.S. to compete and they are assured of
a tremendous welcome.
J. M. WEST