As for the Cards we find that Groat beats Kubek in six departments, losing in five. White leads Pepitone in seven, loses in two and ties two. Ken Boyer leads his brother Clete in eight and loses in three. The situation of Flood and Mantle is the same that came up before. A careful examination of the record, though, would show that Flood was quite a good ballplayer last season. Here again we find three and possibly four.
The Dodgers are the most interesting of all. Tommy Davis winds up losing to Tresh 5-6. And Wills loses to Kubek by the same score. As these were the two players generally conceded to have the best chance to replace their Yankee counterparts, I must admit to some puzzlement. But Gilliam beats Richardson 10-0 with one tie. And Howard leads Maris by 8-2 with one tie also. These scores leave no room for doubt, if a little for surprise. It might be that Gilliam is the most underrated ballplayer of today. With Kou-fax and Perranoski, two pitchers who could make any team in history, the Dodgers also have four safe entries.
Does anyone still think no National League club could get three players in the Yankee starting lineup?
I'm sure everyone who knows Raider Coach Al Davis appreciated your portrait of him ("I Need Points" Nov. 4). Walter Bingham captured Al's dynamism and warmth and gave him his due as a super-salesman and recruiter. But, in the process, he failed to pinpoint the real reasons for Al's meteoric success: his uncanny knack for appraising football talent and his ability to communicate with players. As a young coach of 21 (at Adelphi College), Al was already writing recondite football articles for coaching magazines and establishing himself as a creative football thinker. After all, you don't take a sow's car like the Raiders and, without the benefit of a draft or any great expenditure of money, transform it into a highly respectable silk purse without being a pretty good teacher.
HERMAN L. MASIN
New York City
If you find our Olympic athletes turned huckster so distasteful (SCORECARD, Oct. 28), why not do something more constructive than criticize?
If every true sports fan reading your magazine would send $1 to the Olympic Fund our athletes could put all their efforts into the Olympics for '64!
?The address: U.S. Olympic Association, 57 Park Avenue, New York 16, N.Y.—ED.