I think Myron Cope did a fine job on Fido Murphy (Football's Greatest Scout, Sept. 30), but I would like to set him straight on one detail. St. Viator did play Moose Krause's St. Mary's team in a night football game indoors. I know because I quarter-backed St. Viator's. I had a cast on my left arm, but Murphy had me in there anyway, to do the punting. He said I was too valuable to be sitting this one out.
Fido Murphy is really a great fellow and has done a lot for me.
As I anticipated, Fido phoned as soon as I returned from New York. He said the story was good, and his wife got on the phone and called me a genius, but Fido was deeply wounded by one thing in the story. We quoted Moose Krause as saying that Fido was mistaken in relating that his St. Viator team played Moose's team in the first indoor football game in history. Krause said his team played St. Benedict's College, coached by Moon Mullins. Fido says that the game Moose was referring to didn't take place until the following year and that his team most certainly had played Krause's team in the first indoor game. "Now all the sports-writers will think I'm a phony," Fido shouted at me through the phone.
Please retract statement made by Moose Krause on page 34 of your September 30 issue.
When I thought up playing St. Mary's College of Winona, Minn. indoors at 52nd and Cottage Grove in 1934, which was a success financially for St. Viator College where I was the head coach, I consider it one of my pride and joys and better accomplishments in football and demand the truth printed.
In fact, Marchie Schwartz asked me that night at half time to go easy on Krause, because he was an outstanding athlete at De La Salle Academy and at Notre Dame, and that night was the first time his Chicago following saw him as a coach.
The next year (1935) St. Benedict's College of Kansas played that indoor game after my brainchild of the year before.
My players who played for me in that 1934 indoor game are calling me from all parts of the nation; therefore, please make a correction.
RAY (FIDO) MURPHY
As a sometime fisherman who was nursed through his first wahoo by Roy Taylor, I protest Jack Olsen's depreciation of the gastronomic value of this game fish (Wahoo, Sept. 30). Joy unbounded comes as you watch the leaping strike on a trolled bonefish or gar, excitement as he strips 100 yards from the reel, anguish as you "horse" him in to beat the following shark; but the fillip of anticipation of broiled or barbecued wahoo really makes the day. Bermuda rockfish and broiled dolphin filets are the only palate pleasures that approach these dishes.
ROBERT KOLLMAR, M.D.
Short Hills, N.J.
We of the Amarillo Sailfish Aquatic Club wish to extend our appreciation for the fine article that was written about our 50-mile swim (SCORECARD, Sept. 16). But the girls of our team make a protest. You indicated that only boys swam. There were many fine girls swimming in this endeavor; I am included. The girls ranged in age from 8 to 16.