DIP AND DOFF
The Pittsburgh Pirates should dip their pennant and Rocky Nelson should doff his cap to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
I have a strong feeling that your April Scouting Report on Rocky was at least partially responsible for this earnest, deserving ballplayer connecting with the Pirates—and coming on to do his best—both in the season and in the Series.
R. W. STALKER
The gratitude of all Pittsburgh fans goes out to you for your fine coverage of the 1960 season in general and the Pirates in particular.
Your story of the home run that won a pennant was a gem (The Day Bobby Hit the Home Run, Oct. 10). Then, just a week later, another historic homer won a wildly exciting World Series. Is someone on SI's staff psychic or do you use a crystal ball?
GILBERT ROGIN'S STORY (You're Looking at Success, Oct. 24) IS A SHOCKING DISPLAY OF HIS LACK OF REPORTING ABILITY. THE STATEMENTS ALLEGEDLY MADE BY ME IN REFERENCE TO THE ST. LOUIS HAWKS' PAST COACHES ED MACAULEY AND ALEX HANNUM ARE COMPLETELY ERRONEOUS. BOTH OF THESE MEN ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FINEST PRODUCT OF THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION. ANY DIFFERENCES EVER EXISTING BETWEEN THEM AND MYSELF WERE OVER HONORABLE ISSUES AND DECENTLY RESOLVED WITHOUT RECRIMINATIONS OR FURTHER ILL FEELING. BOTH MEN STILL STAND HIGH IN MY ESTEEM.
ASIDE FROM CHARACTERIZING ME AS A SUPREME EGOMANIAC, WHICH OPPROBRIUM IS NOT WARRANTED. I DO FURTHER THOROUGHLY RESENT MR. ROGIN'S UTTER LACK OF ACCURACY RESPECTING THE HAWKS' TREATMENT WHILE IN MILWAUKEE AND THE REASONS THE TEAM CAME TO ST. LOUIS.
? Mr. Kerner's memory is faulty. Mr. Rogin was accurate.—ED.
NE PLUS ULTRA
Having seen Softball catcher Dot Wilkinson in action (PAT ON THE BACK, Oct. 17), we would say that she is the finest ballplayer, offensively and defensively, male or female, we have ever seen.
CHARLOTTE & ED MULFORD
When you ridicule hurling, perhaps the oldest field game recorded in literature, you insult the whole Irish nation (Irish Sport Is Happy Mayhem, Oct. 10).
It is not, as you maintain, a reckless game with "almost no rules." It must have 150 rules. Nor is it a brand of warfare.
Playa del Rey, Calif.