YANKS AGAINST THE WALL
It's about time to tell the truth about this year's edition of the New York Yankees. William Leggett in his They Went and Got 'Em (Aug. 31) does it. The Yanks are just bad this year.
Just because the Yankees are in sort of a slump, it doesn't mean you have to criticize them so much. It would be different if they were a bad team, but they're not. They have been champions for almost 50 years, and have produced some of the greatest players in the history of baseball.
You wrote that "Mantle hobbled to the plate and weakly popped out." What do you expect the man to do—hit a home run every time he's up? Of course Mickey hobbled out; his legs are weak. But Mantle is the kind of guy who tells his manager he can play even when he's hurt, because he wants to help the team.
You also wrote that "the relief pitching was inadequate when Berra dared to use it." Maybe that was because Stafford, Reniff and Hamilton all had sore arms. It got so Yogi had to use his usual starters for relief duties. Every team has injuries, you know.
Even the best of us make mistakes. Maybe Yogi Berra isn't the greatest manager, but give the guy a chance. I doubt if other Yankee fans appreciate your article any more than I do.
WOMEN AT WORK
After reading your article A Champion Conquers a Kansas Sea Breeze (Aug. 31) it certainly is hard to figure out just who is the present U.S. Women's Amateur golf champion. For the most part, you talked about the runner-up, JoAnne Gunderson, and there is nearly a page devoted to Mrs. Welts and her problems.
I personally feel SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should give full credit to Barbara McIntire, who is the U.S. Amateur champion and is very worthy of the title.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hats off to expectant mother Anne Quast Welts! Fresh air and exercise have never hurt anyone, regardless of what condition she is in. And besides, her new offspring could turn out to be quite a golfer with all that prenatal influence.
Aberdeen, S. Dak.
We central Kansans thought the women involved in the Women's Amateur golf tourney in Hutchinson had pretty nice weather. Compare the two weeks immediately before (hot, 110� to 114�, and windy) with the week they played (cool, 70� to 75�, breezes and a light rain one day of the tournament.) Since then it really has been windy. I don't know what state Alfred Wright claims to be a native of, but here anything under 25 miles per hour is called a breeze. We think we have nice country anyway.
Your article on Bill Cox of American Eagle (Tense Sailor for a Taut Ship, Aug. 31) recalls a brief time 20 years ago when I was exposed to Lieut. Bill Cox, USNR.