Yes, Virginia, there really are Cincinnati Reds and they have names.
If SPORTS ILLUSTRATED made any sense at all, the Cincinnati Reds would have been cast as a strong, talented, serious pennant contender months ago.
Hooray! It's about time you gave "Ol' Taters" and the Tigers a little credit (Taters Keeps the Tigers Up There, Sept. 4).
CADET STEPHEN M. OVERTON
West Point, N.Y.
I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Frank Lary, the best pitcher in the American League. I'm happy that you recognize our Tigers as the pennant contenders they are.
Now it's mashed taters.
As a cricket-loving expatriate I was delighted to see that you realized the essence and strength of English cricket lies in the hundreds of thousands of club and village cricketers who turn out every Saturday and Sunday (This Is Cricket!, Aug. 28).
It wasn't always just the English. Here in Philadelphia at both the Philadelphia and Merion Cricket Clubs, so named because cricket in the 19th century was more popular than tennis, there was great interest in the game during the "golden" years between 1870 and 1912. In those days there were actually 300 cricket clubs in the United States!
In 1874 a tournament between Britain, Canada and the U.S. was played in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Twenty-two players from Philadelphia represented America and won the Halifax Cup.
The famous English cricketer C. B. Fry recently wrote that "the best swerver I ever saw in my life was J. Barton King, of Philadelphia." A swerve in cricket bowling is something like a curve in baseball pitching. King is included in the list of 11 greatest cricketers of all time according to an old issue of The American Cricketer. Other famous names from this bygone era are Percy H. Clark, George S. Patterson, C. C. Morris and John L. Evans. The latter two gentlemen, in a match at Wimbledon in 1921, scored 239 runs without the loss of a wicket.
EDMUND THAYER JR.
Secretary, Merion Cricket Club