?As of May 12 Enos Slaughter had been at bat 43 times. It takes 50 times at bat to qualify for SI's X-RAY.—ED.
I like your X-RAY of the major leagues, but I think I've spotted a mistake in it. For the rookies in the American League (May 21) you list the highest average as .228 for Rance Pless of K.C., but as of Monday, May 14, Lou Aparicio of the White Sox is hitting .265, with 13 for 49.
?Mr. Bittner is correct, see X-RAY, May 28.-ED.
THE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS
...In pointing to McMillan and Philley as the worst home-run hitters so far this season (X-RAY, May 21) aren't you overlooking those players who have not hit any home runs? The two you listed as being worst had hit one each.
RALPH L. HORTON
?To qualify for X-RAY'S H-R department, a player must have hit at least one home run.—ED.
You say Yale was pretty tough when Frank Merriwell played there—fictionally of course (E & D, May 7). No doubt the Elis would have been with Dick Merriwell also hanging around, just in case. It's been a long time, but didn't Frank ply his wares at Harvard, and a few years ahead of Dick?
C. W. HEINMILLER
?Gilbert Patten, father of the Merriwell brothers, sent both his brainchildren to "democratic" Yale, because " Harvard and Princeton cater to the upper classes."—ED.
THE GOOD EARTH OF FLORIDA
Dr. Ralph Ferguson of Miami in his answer to Jimmy Jemail's query on the popularity of jai-alai (HOTBOX, May 21) makes the statement, "Actually, Dade County, with the pari-mutuels, keeps Florida going." He should reconsider that statement. He is forgetting the jai-alai fronton in Tampa, the dog tracks in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Daytona, Pensacola and others, plus the race track at Oldswear. He also disregarded the citrus industry of central Florida.
Like many other residents of Dade County, my colleague is overlooking that long stretch of Florida to his north.
HENRY L. WRIGHT, M.D.
SI is the best sports magazine I have ever read. My only gripe is so-called cartoons like "Self-Golfing Golf Bag" (SI, May 21). This stuff, if it's really considered suitable for publication, belongs in some comic book. That two-page spread could have been put to much better use.