BASEBALL: STRIKE ONE
Permit me, as a baseball lover, to say the players and authorities of the good game have cheapened themselves by permitting two All-Star Games to be played this year. It is no longer the game of games but a money-making proposition that could not be passed up because of the financial potential of Los Angeles.
It probably makes little difference, but the TV promoters have lost one customer.
WILLIAM C. TRAPP
BASEBALL: HIS AND HERS
One might get the idea, from recent inferences in your magazine (BASEBALL'S WEEK, July 6), that the Baltimore Orioles are a " Mickey Mouse" ball club which belongs in a Class D league rather than in third place in the American League. We do not consider the Orioles a motley crew who are going to pack up and get out of the pennant race, as you suggest. Nor do we consider our team to be cluttering up the first division. Remember, they have been out of the first division only one day in the last three months.
P.S. After all, it's partly due to our Baltimore club that the pennant race this year is so full of suspense and excitement. It's also an accomplishment in itself for a team not outstanding in pitching, hitting or fielding to remain in the first division and give all impressions of remaining there for the duration of the season.
Vive les Patchworks!
MRS. MARTY COOPER
BOXING: THE LOSER AND STILL CHAMPION
The Johansson victory over Patterson was not the best thing that could happen to the fight game, contrary to the belief of Reader R. Lebou (19TH HOLE, July 20). The best thing that could happen to the fight game would be the extermination of rodents like Frankie Carbo.
As for Floyd Patterson, I think he is a credit to the boxing world. He was defeated and decisively so, but he took his defeat like a real man and probably would still be getting up and going down if the referee hadn't stopped the fight. Mr. Patterson is still a gentleman though an ex-champion; come September he'll be the first heavyweight to regain the title and again be the First Gentleman in Boxing.
As for Ingemar Johansson, terrific and a tremendous surprise; he and Patterson are the only two heavyweights worth a boxing fan's time or money.
Thank you for the usual best in fight coverage.
ROBERT A. BUNCH
I cannot enjoy your usually good magazine until you desist from your hysterical adulation of Ingemar.