The only exquisite feelings Sox fans will experience at the end of this season will be the exquisite sweetness of the triumph that will flood the city of Chicago when the American League pennant is hoisted, for the first time in 40 years, on the flagpole of a jubilant Comiskey Park.
CECILE B. CONRAD
BASEBALL: POLYPHONIC JOYS
I have read, in English and Spanish, in American, Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican newspapers and magazines accounts of many different baseball games. But I can assure you that I have never read such a beautiful, ingenious, descriptive, constructive, detailed and humorous account of a ball game as Walter Bingham's The Joys and Agonies of Frank Lane
(SI, July 27).
ADALBERTO ROJO L., M.D.
RETURN OF THE NATIVES
I am quite familiar with our Golden Gate Park, with its beauty, its many attractions and its many activities. However, reading Horace Sutton's article (Golden Greenwood, SI, July 20) filled me with nostalgia for many of its beauties and activities which I have not recently observed or have become so used to seeing that I have observed them as a matter of course, giving little thought to the many years required to bring them to fruition, the 56 years of dedicated effort of its founding father, John McLaren, and the many others who have expended freely of their time and effort to bring us our magnificent Golden Gate Park.
HAROLD S. DOBBS
Although I have lived in San Francisco for all of my 17 years, I never realized how attached I was to Golden Gate Park. Out of a beautiful recreation area Mr. Sutton has painted a very vivid and moving picture.
TENNIS: A RIGHTFUL PLACE
Our congratulations to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on your two excellent stories on tennis, William F. Talbert's The Kramer Cast Lacks a Plot (SI, July 6) and the recent editorial The Pretense of Privilege (SI, July 20).
If tennis is to take its rightful place as a national sport, a new direction and businesslike organization in the controlling body is essential. Open tennis is surely one good method of stimulating the game. But until we have a national office employing a staff of highly skilled, well-paid experts in the many, many aspects of promotion, public relations and organization, tennis cannot get off the ground. USLTA employs one executive secretary and seven secretaries in the New York office—all of its officers are honorary.
Many dedicated men and women have given years to promote the game, but their impact on tennis, their individual ability has been largely dissipated because tennis has no central organizing body whose sole business is tennis in all its facets. Tennis should not, and cannot, afford to depend on the good intentions of its honorary officers to run its affairs. One executive secretary, no matter how excellent, cannot possibly do the job which is required to bring tennis out of its infancy.
MRS. JOSEPH T. BARTA
There is one member of your wonderful magazine who doesn't seem to get the recognition he deserves. I refer to the gentleman who does the lead cartoon in the EVENTS & DISCOVERIES section and who signs his name Peb. He is the most original and perceptive sports cartoonist I have ever seen, and I think that his "old man and the sea" cartoon in the July 27 issue should be a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize.
North Sacramento, Calif.
LETTER FROM A HOUSEWIFE
This is a conglomerate letter. First, I am afraid that my marriage is in jeopardy unless I obtain two recipes that you printed some time ago! My husband saw them and has been begging me for them ever since. Unfortunately, I forgot to save them. One is a rice recipe; the other contained avocado. [On their way.—ED.]
The track event at Franklin Field was a sight I shall never forget. Never having seen a sporting event of this significance, or even a track meet before, I was astounded. The sight of Russian and American flags flying side by side was, in itself, a great and provocative sight. It presented a whole new concept and idea to this American, who had thought only of the political aspects of the situation.