Walter Bingham's Assault on the Record (July 31) said something that has needed saying for some time. His realistic attitude is commendable.
JOHN C. HENDRICKSON
Congratulations to Walter Bingham for his assault on the record—worst article I've ever read.
LAWRENCE H. DOYLE
Bingham states that "a season is a season, no matter how many games are played." That is tantamount to saying that a horse circling a six-furlong track in 1:30 is better than one circling a mile track in 1:35. Really, I can't believe you're serious about printing this guy's stuff.
R. W. DERINGER
Under Bingham's theory a 100-yard-dash man could breast the finish tape first, but if a second runner passed him five yards beyond the finish line the second man would be the winner.
Possibly Bingham should try out for the State Department in Washington, where his type of pseudo dialectics is more in demand.
C. C. MINOR
After all, "a season is a season," but 155 games are 155 games.
I predict that Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris will hit 65 HRs each to power Whitey Ford to a 38-game season as the Tigers win the pennant.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
At the rate of 3.44 at bats per game, the rate he set last season, Mickey Mantle will be at bat 557 times this season in 162 games. This is only 17 more at bats than Ruth had in 1927 in 151 games.
On the other hand, Roger Maris, at last year's rate of 3.67 at bats per game, will bat 595 times in 162 games. In the 50 to 60 extra at bats. Maris can hit as many as seven or eight home runs.
Nevertheless, it is my belief that the eight extra games should be valid as far as the record is concerned; many batters have been at bat at least 595 times in a 154-game season, so why should it make any difference in a 162-game season?
JOEL D. TAUROG