Here's hoping Phil Linz plays his harmonica (SCORECARD, Aug. 31) all the way to Philadelphia. Yogi surely won't let him play it on the way home.
What are the Yankees supposed to do after they lose a game (or a series)? Travel from ball park to airport dressed in sackcloth and ashes, weeping and wringing their hands?
Berra's $200 fine of Phil Linz for playing his harmonica at such a time was bush—strictly bush!
K. MICHAEL MCLAIN
Philadelphia's Cookie Rojas and Boston's Felix Mantilla may be champs at catching popcorn, but no one can beat the Yankees' Phil Linz at playing the harmonica!
There is truth in what you say about the choosing of basketball officials in the Southern Conference (SCORECARD, Aug. 31). It certainly does seem that the coaches' blackball privilege is too sweeping. But beyond that it is apparent that the ability of Lou Bello and Charley Eckman is lost on most SC coaches.
Having seen both men work several times in the past few years, I share the coaches' reluctance to endorse them. Both officials try to dominate the game, to take the fans' attention away from the players. Bello and Eckman share a desire to protect the interests of the underdog to the extent that the actually superior game of the favorite is severely cramped.
You are right about the coaches' authority in deciding who shall officiate. But you picked the wrong men to help make your case. If these gentlemen are two of the best officials in the country, heaven help the basketball players outside the Southern Conference.
M. S. MacDIARMID
A fine article on Don Garlits (Fame and Terror at 200 Mph, Aug. 31). It is good to see him get the recognition he deserves from a national magazine such as yours. Garlits' quiet proficiency makes him the greatest in my book.
I hope this article will help impress the public with the fact that drag racing is not a sport merely for speed-crazy teen-agers. It is a sport participated in by men: nice, average guys who like to work on cars and who like to put them through their paces.
JEFFREY L. FOULK
I find that my views and your views of Don Garlits and drag racing differ.