PLAYOFF AND PODOLOFF
You say that Podoloff thinks the playoffs are necessary because the fans like them (SCORECARD, March 6). Podoloff is wrong. I and many of my friends are definitely against the playoffs and agree with Cousy that they are a farce. The players work all season merely to cut one team out of the championship scramble. Why can't basketball follow baseball's pattern and have a true world series between the two regular-season division champions? This, I feel, would be much more popular with the fans than the current system.
Being prejudiced and a Cousy fan since his Crusader days, I am inclined to agree with his statement on pushing pro players through prolonged playoffs.
Soon the NBA's process of elimination will be so lengthy we (the spectators) will be following playoffs instead of baseball's spring training!
D. A. HAYES
West Hartford, Conn.
I would like to thank you people for saving my life—or perhaps three lives.
Last Saturday afternoon as I was driving home from work, by some twist of fate a truck suddenly appeared at my left at an intersection of the state highway. If it hadn't been for your illustration (Safe Driving, Jan. 30) showing this very situation coupled with the text explaining, "Your best bet is to swerve sharply to right, reducing the impact angle," I would have followed my nervous female driver instinct to blow my horn, brake hard and hit the pickup truck broadside. Instead, thanks to you, I got off with one dented fender.
Corpus Christi, Texas
I started to read the article by George Weiss (The Man of Silence Speaks, March 6) but came to an abrupt halt when he started talking about, how lucky the Pirates were in the 1960 World Series.
I only hope the Yankees are "lucky" enough to get into the 1961 World Series, because the Pirates will be there waiting to give them another World Series defeat.
Ellwood City, Pa.
George Weiss states that Frank Lane traded Roger Maris from Cleveland because Maris had a tendency to slump and get hurt. Why doesn't Weiss mention that Cleveland, in exchange for Maris, got Vic Power, an All-Star first baseman, and Woodie Held, who hits twice as many homers as any other AL shortstop and has the strongest arm of AL infielders?
Contrast that to Weiss's so-called fair trade for Maris: Hank Bauer, an over-the-hill outfielder, Don Larsen, a washed-up pitcher, Marv Throneberry, a minor league first baseman, and Norm Siebern, a fair hitter but poor fielder.
Fort Lee, N.J.
Even though I'm only 14, I have enough sense to know that the Yankees have had it.