Writing about Larry Walker of the Rockies (MVP?, Oct. 6), Tom Verducci says, "Baseball archaeologists should not sift through the Baseball Encyclopedia, come upon these Jurassic numbers—.366, 49 homers and 130 RBIs—and have to wail, 'He didn't win the MVP?' " Baseball archaeologists can wail twice over Ted Williams, who was named MVP in 1946 and in '49, but not in the two years in which he won the Triple Crown. In 1942 Williams hit .356 with 36 home runs and 137 RBIs. The Yankees' Joe (Flash) Gordon was given the MVP for his "batting and fielding excellence." Gordon hit .322. Williams was again denied in '47 despite another Triple Crown. New York's Joe DiMaggio won with a .315 average and 97 RBIs.
HERM BRUNOTTE, Town of Tonawanda, N.Y.
Land Speed Records
I think Richard Hoffer erred in The Great Race (Sept. 29) when he said that Craig Breedlove was the first driver to almost drown while attempting to set a world land speed record. On Feb. 22, 1928, at Daytona Beach, Frank Lockhart's Stutz Black Hawk (above) hit some soft sand, turned over and went into the ocean. Lockhart was pulled from the water and survived, but two months later, on April 25, again at Daytona Beach and driving the same car, Lockhart was thrown into the air when a tire blew and was killed instantly.
VENLO WOLFSOHN, Bethesda, Md.