WHAT ARE THE REDBIRDS DOING?
I was actually shocked when I read of the trade between the Phillies and the Cardinals in which Haddix, Miller and Flowers were exchanged for, of all people, Murry Dickson and Herm Wehmeier.
What are the Redbirds doing? Are they building an old age club?
It surely seems that way, with Dickson, Surkont, Kinder and Cooper. Any idea what they have up their sleeve?
L. E. HILL
Travis AFB, Calif.
?For Frank Lane's ideas see The Gaudy Ones, SI, May 28.—ED.
IF I WERE STENGEL
Your story about Don Ferrarese's great two-hit pitching stint against the New York Yankees (SI, May 21) has given Don nothing but praise. It seems to me, however, that Don was quite lucky in reaching the ninth with a no-hitter and finishing the game with a shutout.
In the eighth inning Elston Howard rocketed a shot that almost landed in the seats, tying the game. If Elston had pulled the ball it would have been an easy home run. In the ninth Andy Carey led off with the Yankees' first base hit. Stengel sent up Billy Martin to hit for Bob Turley. In my point of view, he should have put Phil Rizzuto up to sacrifice. Then Hank Bauer's base hit might have scored Carey from second. If Bauer's hit were not enough, a sacrifice fly could have scored Andy.
JOHN S. DAY
Hudson Falls, N.Y.
Your recent story about Al Kaline and Harvey Kuenn of the Detroit Tigers overlooked the "pivot man" in the Tigers' signing of Kaline (SI, May 14). At least, that's what some Tiger officials call Murray Wieman, a Baltimore Evening Sun reporter, who was working as a sub-scout for the Tigers at the time of the signing.
Kaline needed no discovery. His talents cried for attention. Selling the Tigers to him was a job on which Wieman was able to work the year around, since he was in such close contact with Kaline 12 months of the year.
JOAN BROOKE WEITZ
? Tiger officials say that Murray Wieman was indeed a big help.—ED.
IS EVERYTHING UP-TO-DATE IN K.C.?
I am a baseball fan and enjoy your column on baseball immensely. In your May 21 issue you stated in X-RAY that Gus Zernial led the Kansas City Athletics in batting with a mark of .306, but Enos (Country) Slaughter had a mark of .357.
Kansas City, Mo.