MODELS OF PERFECTION
A while ago (SCORECARD, March 27) you showed us a model of the Montreal Forum constructed by Roger Gibson of Battle Creek, Mich. I recently completed a 2�' X 3' model (above) of Yankee Stadium as it appeared in 1973, before it was renovated. Beginning in July 1972 and guided by yearbook, newspaper and magazine photos, including some from SI, I duplicated, on a scale of one inch to 30 feet, every detail of the old ballpark I could. My model is made of balsa wood, paper clips, staples and straight pins—close to half a million parts. The upper-deck facade alone contains nearly 1,000 pieces. The dugouts are recessed below field level, and miniature monuments and plaques sit the equivalent of 451 feet (15.033 inches) from home plate in centerfield, where Joe and Mickey used to hit 'em and catch 'em.
BRADLEY S. MERILA
Shelter Island, N.Y.
?Merila's model will be on display from July 1 through Aug. 31 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.—ED.