MOLTING IN PHILLY
To your most able correspondent James Murray: at least 1,000 huzzas. His article
American League? Phooey! (SI, June 11) was long overdue, because everyone knew the truth of his statements about the Ruthian and Robinsonian revolutions...everyone, that is, except the owners of my city's "Fizz Kids." With heads in sand, they display only the brilliant tail feathers of Roberts and Ashburn...and even they are beginning to molt.
ARTHUR J. JACKSON
THE WELCOME MAT
The accent is on home runs now, and the majority of fans would rather see hitting than a pitching duel. The National League is playing to more fans now, because of this fact. The closeness of the National League race will also stir up fan interest. I like the race in the senior league and am glad to see the perennial door mats, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, making a good account of themselves. However, I don't think Mr. Murray has any right to say, " American League? Phooey!"
CHRISTOPHER MAGEE JR.
...I watched Babe Ruth's career throughout and have watched with interest the change from a pitcher's game to a sluggers game in the American League and often wondered when the National League would wake up and follow suit. You have pinpointed that nicely in citing the signing of Jackie Robinson by Branch Rickey. I merely knew that it had to come about and started placing my two bits' worth on the National League....
Thank you for such a well-written and analytic article. Perhaps coming from an authority like you some of the diehards will wake up and take a look see.
W. D. KNAPP
After reading Mr. Murray's story I have only one thing to say. Phooey on the National League.... [In the All-Star Game] this July we'll see what a team of Chinese home run hitters like Brooklyn...does in a real baseball park like Griffith Stadium....
Congratulations on a truly magnificent article on Mickey Mantle (SI, June 18). It is high time that Mantle received all the credit he so richly deserves.... I sincerely believe by the end of this present season he will have proved himself the most outstanding ballplayer in organized baseball. From a prejudiced standpoint, I suggest that you reserve a "large" amount of space in your Sept. 20 issue. I sincerely feel that on that day Mickey Charles Mantle will hit his 60th home run, and by the end of the season his total will add up to a phenomenal 63 home runs.
?Since Mickey Charles Mantle hit numbers 22, 23 and 24 on the 3 successive days after SI's article Mr. Kratter seems to be getting good reception on his crystal ball.—ED.
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