I was both amazed and discouraged by the paradoxical position my favorite magazine took under SCORECARD in the Sept. 4 issue. You urge that we Bring Back the Billboards and under the title Keep It Clean on the same page you take a stand for "cleaner banks on rivers, cleaner sewage around cities" and cleaner outer space. What difference does it make whether litter along the highway is lying down or being propped up in the form of cheap advertising rubbish?
Now that America has some highways that are sufficiently free of billboards to permit citizens to see their landscape, perhaps they can learn enough about it to "engage the mind" and thus relieve their boredom.
ARTHUR E. NEWKIRK
The Garden Club gals are burned up and so am I.
RALPH W. TENNANT
JAMES G. MCGOWAN
It seems to me that those now yelling "lively ball" at the tops of their lungs are most likely descendants of those who screamed "lively ball" in 1927 (Yes, It's Livelier, Aug. 28). I attribute any increase in home runs to the lighter bats and the batters' intentions.
I do not doubt that the baseball has changed through the years, but your implication that the dilution of pitching talent due to expansion endangers Ruth's record is unjustified. The population of the U.S. increased by almost 50% between 1927 and 1961; it is probable that talent increased just about proportionally. Consider also the breaking of the color barrier.
Your Carry Back spread was most interesting (Carry Back Comes Back, Sept. 4). However, your caption writer overlooked Laurel's Washington, D.C. International as the world's most important international horse race.
France's Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe doesn't compare in international scope with the Washington, D.C. International.
In nine runnings top Thoroughbreds from 15 countries have been represented in this global classic.
M. B. HIRSH
In your article The Outs and Ins of the Double Play (Sept. 4) you picture double-playing Dodgers Neal and Wills being foiled by someone you call just a "runner." The runner is Cincinnati Red Gordon Coleman. In your article on the Dodgers-Reds series (Jinxed and Jinxed Again, Sept. 4) a picture caption identifies Dodger Wills but leaves another "runner" unnamed. The runner is the Cincinnati Reds' Chico Cardenas.