Dan Topping and Del Webb have done baseball the greatest disservice since 1919, when a group of White Sox defected to the lure of the easy buck. (Goodby, Casey, Goodby, Oct. 31.)
A. F. McKENZIE
Shades of Terry Brennan! Break out the crying towels! The capitalistic owners have done it again—they have released poor, starving old Casey Stengel and ruined his life.
Maybe Webb and Topping are just getting tired of Yankee domination of the American League, and want to give some other team a chance.
New York City
A tip of the hat to Roy Terrell who wrote in the July 22, 1957 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: "AS long as the team [Yankee] wins, Weiss will be the boss. Should it fail, Weiss will undoubtedly go, but only after Casey has preceded him through the door."
FRANK J. SCIRO
The huge men in the picture (below) may be fighting a "savage war," but that doesn't permit them to go against the rules (The Violent Face of Pro Football, Oct. 24). I am referring to the photograph of a pro pileup in which a man is in the process of having his face guard grabbed, an obvious infraction of the rules.
?According to NFL rules: "It is permissible to grasp or grab the face guard of a ball carrier," just as Big Daddy Lipscomb is doing in the picture.—ED.
Your excerpts from The Pros were splendid—but this is no excuse to eliminate your weekly coverage.
I don't know if it was because you became too interested in A Curry Named for Eve or My Misguided Tour (October 24), but you seemed to have forgotten pro football.
Those who describe Tennessee football as old, dull, bleak or uninteresting (FOOTBALL'S FIFTH WEEK, Oct. 24) fall into four groups: men who do not know anything about football; women who have never seen a game before; people who prefer gymnastics; and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED writers. Remember—old does not necessarily mean outdated.
J. T. VOOKLES
Time and again I have been impressed by your devotion to integrity in sports and your successful attacks upon corruption in all its forms.