The statement by Jaime Diaz in the box on Napoleon McCallum (On Top Of The Heap, As Always, Sept. 1) that the Navy "has never [before] allowed an Annapolis graduate to pursue a professional sports career while completing his five-year service obligation" is not quite correct. In 1949 as a member of the Naval Academy staff and assistant baseball coach under the late Max Bishop, I signed a professional baseball contract. This was done with the approval of the Naval Academy and the Department of the Navy. I played for Federalsburg (Md.) in the old Eastern Shore League for a short period, until my duties and baseball became too much of a drain.
I was a member of the Annapolis class of 1948 and was twice selected captain of the baseball team. As a matter of interest, the captain of the Yale baseball team at that time was George Bush, now the Vice-President.
ANDREW L. FRAHLER
Commander USN (ret.)
As a 14-year-old, I was happy to help Alex Wolff gather his autograph collection (Mets Autographs, Sept. 15). I've still got those '69 Mets signatures in my collection, as well as the signatures of Hall of Famer John Henry (Lloyd), the John Hancock and Abraham Lincoln. I also have those of just about everyone in the grand old game, from Alexander Cartwright to Babe Ruth to Dale Murphy. As Wolff surmised, Seminole, Fla., where I grew up, is just a fungo away from the Mets' Payson Field training complex, and Al Lang Field was a 25-cent bus ride downtown. Since 1972 I have lived just a fungo away from the Yankees' training camp in Fort Lauderdale, where I have performed Fourth Estate duties as a newspaper and UPI correspondent. I'm glad to see that Alex still needs my help. I've got that elusive Tommie Agee autograph. It's his for the asking.
Incidentally, the enclosed photograph shows me as a 14-year-old autograph collector with '69 Mets manager Gil Hodges, who signed the picture.