BASEBALL: LADIES' DAY
Irene Esquivel's description of a typical day at the Coliseum (19TH HOLE, July 14) was very touching, but the all-too-familiar attack on East Coast fans caused me to conclude that it was about time that someone gave the West Coast fans an insight into what baseball was like before it became a business.
The last game I saw at Ebbets Field was in August 1956. The fans were hot and noisy, and the ball park was small and dirty, but when the game got under way, somehow it wasn't hot and muggy anymore, and the seats weren't hard as rocks, and the noise no longer bothered you. Nothing mattered but the game.
Ebbets Field is empty and quiet now, and old Brooklyn fans who used to go there are tight-lipped and bitter and make snide, nasty remarks to cover up the hurt they feel. There is nothing left of baseball in New York but a great Yankee team playing in an inferior league. A Dodger fan would die of boredom watching the Yanks. For he is used to constant change and excitement. The Yanks don't have three men land on third base at the same time, and Mickey Mantle hasn't chased a kitten out of center field.
Be patient with us, Irene, and tell Californians to be patient. It isn't easy to forget those old Brooklyn Bums. And they are bums, you know, every single one of 'em, and we miss them very much.
My dad has told me that next year the Yankees would be given first place in the American League. And the other teams would play for second place. Could you tell me if this is true? I don't think it is, at least I hope it isn't, because my favorite team is the Boston Red Sox.
?Father knows best.—ED.
I have often wondered when your fine magazine would discover the Tennessee Valley as a paradise for sportsmen (SI, July 7). Virginia Kraft did a wonderful job writing about it.
I have fished in Elk River and adjoining streams for 15 years. Within five or 10 minutes from the lodge up or down stream you can be in some of the finest bass fishing water anywhere. You can always catch a string of fish whether it be bass, crappie, bream, catfish or drum.
We think this is a fine area for sports and a good place to enjoy living. Thanks for writing such a fine article about it.
ORCHIDS FOR "FUTEBOL"
Thank you for the terrific article in which your reporter, John Mulliken, described the Brazilian victory over the Swedish team for the coveted World Soccer Cup (SI, July 7). I don't think I could have been happier if I had played on the victorious team myself.
RICHARD A. BARR
U.S. Marine Corps