1) Rosensohn and Grosscup have the same artistic taste for drapery or
2) Grosscup was present at the meeting which frazzled Rosensohn's nerves or
3) Rosensohn is a chess master and also a photographer for your magazine, who doubled as Grosscup's chess adversary and who snapped the picture during Grosscup's concentration.
For a publication which prides itself on reporting the facts it would appear that there is a prima-facie case against you for staging the said pictures in the same room. Tsk, tsk.
MARTIN H. SCHWARTZWALD
?Not so. During the week that the pictures were taken by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S photographers, both Rosensohn and Grosscup were staying at the Hotel Manhattan in New York.—ED.
BASEBALL: PAST AND PRESENT
As a longtime and long-suffering Giant fan I was somewhat disturbed to read of the poor support we had given Mr. Stone-ham's hired hands here in New York (A Fine Romance with Some Hisses, SI, Aug. 3). I think that there is no group of baseball fans with a deeper feeling for its team than the Giant fans. Through the great drought between 1937 and 1951 the Giants drew reasonably well with no special inducements from the management such as several of the midwestern clubs featured. In 1957 a team that wallowed in the cellar most of the year and finished with a great spurt to come in sixth drew over 600,000 fans, which together with the television receipts kept the team in the black. There is no question in my mind that the 1958 and 1959 teams that were in the thick of the pennant fight would have drawn far more people into the 55,000-seat Polo Grounds than they did into the 22,900-seat Seals Stadium.
I would like to close with a quote by Ogden Nash from The New Yorker that conveys the depth of real feeling at Coo-gan's Bluff as against the volatile anger on Bedford Avenue. "The candle's out, the game is up;/Who has heart for a stirrup cup?/Farewell Giants and Horace Stoneham;/De mortuis nil nisi bonum."
To show just what we have to suffer here, we have a mayor who would not spend a penny to keep two (2) genuine major league teams here but is willing to spend some $13 million for the synthetic major league team that Mr. Shea and his cohorts are pushing.
New York City
For some time now there has been quite a bit of talk about the lack of rivalry that exists between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in comparison to the defunct New York and Brooklyn teams.
Of course, there never again will be such a colorful challenge as between the two boroughs, but many people, especially those existing on the eastern seaboard, fail to acknowledge the possibility of a special exuberance between the population centers of northern and southern California.