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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
June 30, 1958
THE YANKEES (CONT.) Sirs: Dr. Schissel has been heard from again (19TH HOLE, June 16). Mr. Woodcock's article to which he refers is to be commended. The point that perfection does not always insure box-office appeal is solid.
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June 30, 1958

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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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

?Many baseball 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.

TRACK: TRIPS ABROAD
Sirs:
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.
BERT NELSON
Publisher Track & Field News
Los Altos, Calif.

MOTORCYCLING: WELCOME!
Sirs:
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.

Motorcycle racing 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
London, England

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