I read with much enjoyment and pleasure the story Cricket's Babe Ruth (Oct. 27). Though he may lack the class of Dennis Lillee, the speed of Jeff Thomson or the strategic ingenuity of Ian or Greg Chappell, there is certainly no denying Ian Botham's talent as a batsman and a bowler and his flair for achieving the seemingly unbelievable.
Though every sport has—and needs—its share of villains to root against, Clive Gammon should be congratulated for showing us the positive side of Guy the Gorilla. The Windies ( West Indies) have the best 11, the Aussies will regain the Ashes, but the Poms ( England) have the premier personality, whom no one feels indifferent about. Botham is great for cricket.
?Last week Botham decided to play for Queensland, Australia, next year.—ED.
As an Englishman, I was pleasantly surprised to read the piece on Botham. Over the past six years I have had little success in explaining the rules of cricket to sports aficionados over here. I shall certainly use some of Gammon's phrases in future attempts. Until now the nearest I have been able to come is to say that cricket in October is very much like baseball, for it is in that month that the keen cricket/baseball fan discovers that his wife left him in May.
The members of the Haverford College varsity cricket team were delighted to find Clive Gammon's wonderful article on Ian Botham. It is high time that cricket made the pages of your magazine.
Varsity Cricket Team