?Although we first heard it from the Milwaukee manager, New York Mirror Columnist Dan Parker claims he laid the egg and Bragan poached it.—ED.
I have been struggling to shoot 99 since June 1. Last night I finished Arnold Palmer's third article in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (My Came and Yours, July 15 et seq.) and today shot 88.
If I keep this up I should at least be in the 70s!
ROBERT V. JOEL, M.D.
HAVEMANN HAS HEADACHES?
Ernest Havemann's article, Worried Man with a Frightening Filly (July 22), was most enjoyable. But no matter how you slice it, a man who wins a Caliente 5-10 and comes up with a filly like Nubile (in medical circles it has even been pronounced "new-bile") deserves to be in the horse business, worry and all.
I was lured into racing by my retired father, Dr. Peter Graffagnino, late in 1956—as a partner in the now slumbering Crabgrass Stables. We had our luck early with a 2-year-old stakes winner, Beauguerre, and in the next year with Noureddin, an almost very topnotcher who ran the race that Silky Sullivan forgot to run and came within one length of winning the 1958 Kentucky Derby. After a couple of years in the elite racing circles, in 1960 (which was to have been the year of real glory) both bowed a tendon in the same week. And we were in the breeding business.
Dad died almost two years ago. The stable at that time consisted of me and 24 horses of various sexes and ages scattered over five states. By some judicious and not so judicious selling, directly and via claiming, I have somehow managed to stay alive (barely) in a business entirely unsuited to my professional income.
But as Havemann says, the fire of eternal hope that burns within the breast of each horseman is unquenchable. In '64 and '65, when the Beauguerres and Noureddins really get to running—who knows! I can picture the white columns, the farm and the paddocks now. I can even count the profit. And there will be no more complaining women in the office, no more babies to deliver—just horse headaches forever.
P. C. GRAFFAGNINO, M.D.
This is in vehement protest to the editorial comment contained in "Goodby to All That" (SCORECARD, July 15.)
What right do you have to advise people all over the U.S. to "forget about Sebago" and tell a man "not to be so foolish as to assemble his tackle, pack his gear and hie off to Maine in the hope of catching a Sebago landlock of even respectable size?"
While it is true Sebago is now in a fishing slump, both salmon and bass have been taken from it this spring and summer and are being brought in almost daily. There have been no conclusions finalized about pesticides being responsible for the situation, and our Department of Fish and Game is working hard on the problem.