In the book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, which turned into the play Damn Yankees, it was the Senators, not the Yanks, who sold their soul to the Devil. The author's crystal ball must have been cloudy.
Congratulations on the two articles showing your firm stand against CBS's purchase of the Yankees.
It is comforting to know that the Columbia Broadcasting System can not bulldoze a national sports magazine, as it has done with American League bosses.
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Television ruined boxing, why not let it ruin the Yankees? Nothing else will.
I hope that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED continues to act as the guardian of our national pastime, and perhaps Joe Cronin will listen to the objections not only of Messrs. Allyn and Finley but also to those of every baseball fan in America.
WILLIAM H. WELLIVER II
You uphold the sayings of Mr. Roy Hofheinz, president of the Houston Colts.
Did you know that the same Mr. Hofheinz deprives the city of Houston of almost any TV baseball? He allows not in excess of 15 Colt TV showings per year.
Before you side in with big money, you better talk to the baseball fans down there in Houston.
N. R. POND
The Big Sellout truly typifies the fate of our national pastime. It has long been my contention that baseball is eating itself alive.
How foolish it is for the game's hierarchy to blame golf, bowling, boating and even Little League ball for their stupidity and lack of foresight.