I think it will be different with the Cowboys who already have two of the best receivers in the business in Buddy Dial and Frank Clarke. The passes will be coming his way a bit less than before, and he will find it hard to build an impressive set of statistics.
However, he will also have a new advantage in that a defense cannot double-team him without leaving an equally good receiver open somewhere else on the field. If he can overcome his showboating enough to play for the team in Dallas and not for himself, he will be a valuable asset.
BRYANT P. WOODS
The American Committee for the Election of Marv Throneberry to the Yankee Old Timers Day team (SCORECARD, August 3) is ACFTEOMTTTYOTDT, pronounced ac-fit-ee-omitty-ott-dit, not ACFTEOFMTTTYODT, pronounced ac-fit-ee-off-mitty-ott.
?It is not; the ACFTEOFMTTTYODT prefers Oldtimers as one word.—ED.
To call the annual Yankee Old Timers Day game "baseball's most boring annual ritual" is incredible. To me this game is always the highlight of the season. If you call this boring, you should read your magazine from time to time—then you'll really know what the word boring means.
THOMAS L. DETIENNE
New York City
Whoever laid out the first baseball diamond anyway? I'm wondering why he laid it out backward.
It would seem that a clockwise rotation of bases would make more sense than the accustomed route. Most players are natural-born right-handers, and many of those who bat left-handed today have converted from their natural position to take advantage of this cockeyed backward rotation.
Swinging right-handed, it would be a distinct advantage to run in the direction of the swing down the left-field line, rather than the right. The right-handed pitcher would have a better throw to first base, holding the runner close. The right-handed first baseman would have a distinct advantage in making infield plays, especially in double-play situations.
There would be some disadvantages also, I suppose. The "hot corner" usually handled by the third baseman would be all the hotter when handled by the first baseman and pitcher covering.
I guess, all in all, it would make a completely different game out of our national sport, but I would like to see it tried sometime. Whether the sport would be improved or not, I'm not sure, but I do believe it would be a more natural approach.
THE REV. MILO L. ERNSTER