A fair dinkum job of reporting! (Hippomaniacs Take Over, Oct. 31).
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Had my copy of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED not been delayed, I would have jetted straight to Australia for this year's running of the Melbourne Cup. You got me all stirred up!
And may I ask who won?
EVAN L. ELLIS
?See page 33.—ED.
BY THE BOARD
Maybe there are reasons, other than the obvious commercial ones, why in the new 10-club baseball leagues ("Expand Baseball, Don't Dilute It," EDITORIALS, Nov. 7) each team will play a schedule of 18 games against each of the other clubs, or 162 games in all. But it seems to me there is an awfully good argument not to do so.
If, instead, a team played each of the other 9 in the league 17 times, there would be a 153-game season—only one game less than has been played all these years. One game is not too significant from the standpoint of records and statistics. Almost any ballplayer is likely to miss one game a season for any of a variety of reasons.
But baseball relies for a very considerable portion of its appeal on records and statistics. If Foxx or Greenberg had had the benefit of a 162-game season in their best years, Babe Ruth's home run record would have gone by the board a long time ago. And if the present plan goes through, someone like Mantle or Mays will be able to produce more than 60 home runs just by virtue of having something more than 30 more times at bat.
New York City
CATESBY AND THE CODE
How did you get it? I have read and read again the excellent and remarkable article about Mark Catesby by Robert Cantwell (A Legend Comes to Life, Oct. 31). I do not know how such an article fits into a sports magazine, but if you slipped by this insertion I trust that you slip similarly again and soon!
Thank you for such informative and interesting reading.
HOWARD C. WESSELS
Huntington Woods, Mich.
Your article is tantalizingly vague as to how the secret diary of William Byrd came to be decoded, after having kept its (apparently) innocuous secrets for a couple of hundred years. What happened?
New York City