With his obvious bias, I suggest that Mr. Maule be removed from the coverage of pro football and assigned to a sport more in accord with his ability—such as the national marbles tournament.
There's an old saying—"If you ain't tried it, don't knock it!"—and so far you sure as hell ain't tried to cover the American Football League.
TED M. HOWELL
THEIR PAL HAL
As a member of the St. Louis Cardinals hillbilly rootin' section I want you to know that that hillbilly gem I Got a Churnful of Chitlins and a Belly Full of You is the original work of the St. Louis Cardinals' Hal Smith and not the urbane Pittsburgh Pirates' Hal Smith. You're lucky if Joe Garagiola doesn't catch you on this, too.
GERALD E. GILMAN
Hal Raymond Smith, the one who wrote When You Kiss a Girl Underneath the Rose Don't Mind a Little Powder on
Your Nose and I Hit a Dilly in Philly, Milly, is not the catcher for the Pirates but for the Cardinals. The Pirates' Hal Smith came to them from Kansas City, and the Cards' Hal Smith through Red Bird farm systems.
?Both Hals are composers and singers, but credit for Churnful of Chitlins does belong to St. Louis Smith. Pittsburgh Smith can counter with other gems, including Oh, How They Hit Me Tonight.—ED.
My dad and I tried Coach Duffy Daugherty's fudge recipe (Grill and Gridiron, Oct. 10) Sunday afternoon with excellent results.
PICK OF THE SEASON
"These Are the Players Who Made the Season What It Was" (BASEBALL'S WEEK, Oct. 10): I agree with all but two, worst trade and best manager.
Granted the McLish-for-Temple trade was bad, but the one that sent Ron Kline to St. Louis for Cimoli and Cheney has got to win this rather dubious award.
Your best manager, Solly Hemus, did a good job, but in no way did he do the job that Danny Murtaugh did with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
HARRY DEL GRANDE
Cookie Lavagetto did a better job bringing the Washington Senators from the AL cellar to a fifth-place finish.