BASEBALL: GOOD COMPANY
THE ENJOYMENT OF BASEBALL HAS BEEN INCREASED BY THE RICH LITERATURE WHICH IT HAS HELPED TO CREATE OVER THE YEARS. DURING THE CURRENT SEASON WE HAVE BEEN TREATED TO SEVERAL SUPERB SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PIECES: IN APRIL IT WAS THE STATE OF BASEBALL, THEN AN ITEM ON BALTIMORE'S ALL-STAR GAME, FOLLOWED BY THE STORY ON THE YANKEES AT THE SEASON'S END. NOW THESE HAVE BEEN CAPPED OFF WITH A SPECIMEN OF SPORTSWRITING AT ITS BEST: "ONCE AGAIN, WITH FEELING" IS A DELIGHTFUL TREATMENT OF OCTOBER'S BIG SPECTACLE. MOVE OVER LARDNER, RICE, GALLICO, DALEY, MENKE AND COMPANY—YOU HAVE A NEW COMRADE—ONE ROBERT CREAMER.
HERBERT R. O'CONNOR JR.
Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your World Series edition (SI, Sept. 29). It's fun having such a wide variety of subjects to read aloud to my family! Would like to meet the writers of EVENTS & DISCOVERIES—what a wonderful sense of humor they have!
Also, hats off to the H. V. Kaltenborns for being such good sports!
ELEANOR T. GUSTAFSON
AMERICA'S CUP: YOU ARE THERE
Congratulations to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Carleton Mitchell for the outstanding and up-to-the-minute coverage of the America's Cup classic. It was almost unbelievable to tune in for radio coverage of the third race, while reading in a magazine the account of the first race together with the detail of the second attempt—particularly when being geographically positioned 3,500 miles from the scene of action. However, that was the situation as both SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Columbia led the way.
Thanks for fine coverage, and for the reproductions from the lens of Richard Meek. May I, as an enthusiastic Canadian, wish for the day when Canada too might join the challenge.
JAMES A. McVIE
AMERICA'S CUP: SOUVENIR
The America's Cup is retained and, with it, a superb job on your part in covering the races and the preparations. Mr. Mitchell, in addition to being a fine yachtsman, provided us with lucid coverage of the event. My congratulations to him and to your staff for the consistently good reporting.
In an early issue this year, March 17, you published pictures of models of the yachts used for tank testing. Do you know where I might obtain sufficient information on hull and mast dimensions to construct a reasonable sailing model, approximately two-three feet in length, of one of the American boats?
MILTON H. COLEMAN
East Syracuse, N.Y.
?Cross-sectional lines of the 12-meter boats designed by Sparkman & Stephens have never been released, but Mr. Coleman might make a start with the side view (see below) given in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Sept. 9, 1957.—ED.
FOOTBALL: HAMLET'S GHOST
Expert opinions on the new football conversion rule were fine, but the most titillating and incisive comment on this subject that we have seen or heard anywhere is the "Coach Hamlet" cartoon (SI, Sept. 29). Wouldn't the late Herman Hickman have chuckled?
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
FOOTBALL ISSUE: THE SCORE ON NORA JOHNSON
Nora Johnson's wonderful article on why women need football (Girls! It's Goal to Go!, SI, Sept. 22) deserves some sort of award. I'm sending a copy to my sister-in-law, who first informed me of these truths.
EUGENE T. ROSSIDES