Your March 6 cover is very misleading. What about spring training? What about the rookies, the new teams, the new managers and predictions for coming season? Instead of giving us useful information you write a lot of gobbledy-goop about Leo Durocher (The Return of Leo Durocher). I'm very mad.
BOB MacNAMARA JR.
Getting Durocher this winter is the best move the Dodgers have made since the one that got them out of that bandbox in Brooklyn. To use Leo's all-purpose descriptive, he is one hell of a guy to have on our side.
You captured some great expressions in those pictures.
Nevada City, Calif.
HANG THE BONNIES
Congratulations to Niagara for keeping their effigy off the Bonnies' hanging tree ( St. Bonaventure is Second Best, March 6).
I am well aware that Ray Cave's original purpose was to write a spread on St. Bonaventure's 100th home game victory. It was just too bad for him that they lost. But I say give credit where credit is due. Niagara didn't win because the Bonnies were tired, because their All-America, Tom Stith, had lost 15 pounds or because their defenses were lagging. We won because we broke through those so-called "impregnable defenses" and played a better game.
St. Bonaventure didn't throw the ball away; we took it.
JOHN P. CASSIDY
Niagara University, N.Y.
If you would kindly begin soaking the letter from Mr. Thomas Tobin on Carry Back (19TH HOLE, March 6) in some tenderizer, I will pay the bill, because he is going to have to eat it just as he promised when Olden Times wins the Kentucky Derby.
I wonder if this fine fellow has ever heard of a nag called Swaps. Well, in case he hasn't, he better take another look, for Swaps is kinfolks to Olden Times. What's more, Olden Times will be ridden by Willie Shoemaker.
LEON M. JACOBS
IN THE SWIM
I lost all hope when I saw the picture of Thompson Mann of the North Carolina freshmen receiving credit (SCORECARD, March 6) for marks that were set three weeks before by Butch Schimmel of SMU.
Schimmel has done 57 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke and 2:08 in the 200. (In the southwestern AAU meet he also clocked a 56.9 in the 100 and a 2:05 in the 200, but these marks do not count as freshman records.)