BASEBALL: IMPETUOUS GENIUS
Congratulations on your tremendous story on Larry MacPhail (The Great MacPhail, SI, Aug. 17 et seq.). Like all your other colorful stories on famous sports personalities ( Aly Khan, Jack Johnson, to name a few) it was fascinating.
I have read other articles about Mr. MacPhail, but this one—Well, he should be pleased with what Gerald Holland has done to him.
Parkersburg, W. Va.
I just got around to reading your Larry MacPhail piece. It's a hell of a story, one of the best I've ever read. Congratulations!
Mutual Broadcasting System
New York City
GERALD HOLLAND HAS DONE GREAT JOB ON THE GREAT MACPHAIL. I WAS WITH MACPHAIL IN PRESS ROOM OP EBBETS FIELD LISTENING TO BROADCAST OF GAME BEING PLAYED ON DIAMOND THERE THAT NIGHT WHEN MEDWICK WAS HIT BY PITCHED BALL. WE WERE BOTH FANNING AND LISTENING TO GAME DRINKING FRONTENAC ALE. MACPHAIL IMMEDIATELY RUSHED TO ELEVATOR WHEN HE LEARNED OF MEDWICK BEANING. ELEVATOR IS OF LIMITED CAPACITY AND SLOW-MOVING. DOOR WAS AN IRON ONE FOR FIRE PROTECTION, BUT NEVERTHELESS WHEN ELEVATOR MAN DID NOT ANSWER QUICK ENOUGH FOR MACPHAIL HE THEN KICKED AT THE DOOR, HURRYING TO GET ACTION. JUST AS SOON AS IT WAS OPENED HE DASHED IN AND OUT TO SEE MEDWICK. HE WAS NOT SEATED IN PRESS BOX BUT IN PRESS ROOM WHEN HE HEARD NEWS. THIS REPORT IS MERELY A FILL-IN AND NOT CORRECTION SO FAR AS ABLE STORY BY GERALD HOLLAND.
J. G. TAYLOR SPINK
Publisher, The Sporting News
MacPhail rushed from his box on the Brooklyn side of the field through the grandstand to a vantage point very close to the Cardinal dugout and, leaning over the low railing, shook his fist at the Cardinals, publicly praying for them, while many of the Cardinals came to the top of the dugout and prayed right back.
And who could blame MacPhail? Only a few days before, he had got up a fortune for the purchase of Medwick from the Cardinals. In those helmetless days Bowman's pitch, after striking Medwick and cracking like a pistol shot, rolled all the way out past third base in foul territory. Medwick hit the ground, his whole body jerking in spasms; then he lay there like a dead man. There were not a few of us in old Ebbets Field that day who thought he just might have been killed.
J. F. MURRAY
MacPhail is a tremendously interesting character and truly a genius. But in the same breath let me say, "You can have him." I'll bet that Gerald Holland was glad to get his assignment finished.
EARL B. COYLE
?Writer Holland enjoyed his assignment, is convinced that the world needs more MacPhails.—ED.
BOXING: DAY OF RECKONING
After reading about the corruption in boxing, I hope and pray Ingemar Johansson, a foreigner, will be the means of Americans' seeing that corruption does not pay and that the mess will be cleaned up. There is always a reckoning day. The crime of today seems to be not in doing wrong, but in getting caught. I will sign off with this quote from the Bible (Galatians 6): "For what a man sows, that he will also reap."
FLORENCE M. BRIGGS
I would like to offer my suggestion for the next world heavyweight championship fight.