I read with interest and curiosity Herman Wciskopf's article on the Olympic swimming and diving trials (How They Chose the Best Team, Sept. 14). However, one statement greatly concerns me: "At Melbourne in 1956...'A Russian woman and a Hungarian judge were in collusion," says Clotworthy, who won the gold medal in the springboard event that year. 'It was the worst judging I've ever seen.' "
As the Olympic records show, I was the only Hungarian among the judges. With very little effort it could have been determined that the Olympic Games were held at the time of the Hungarian revolution and, to show our protest, we Hungarians were not even communicating with the representatives of the U.S.S.R.
I was interested in Mr. Fendrick's survey in the department of souvenir hunting (19TH HOLE, Oct. 5), particularly in the four clubs which, he says, didn't have the courtesy to even acknowledge three letters. I have had occasion to request material from both the White Sox and the Cubs. The White Sox have always replied promptly as they did to Mr. Fendrick's request. The Cubs didn't reply at all.
A small, unimportant incident? I don't think so. Every club should be cognizant of the importance of its public-relations department, and steps should be taken to remedy any deficiencies in these departments. They are vital to the operation of any major league team.
ROBERT D. FRISK
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Upon reading the letter from Mr. Ronald P. Fendrick, I was quite disturbed to find out that we of the Los Angeles Angels supposedly had been contacted, along with the other clubs, asking us to send him an autographed baseball. This is perhaps the single greatest request received by all major league clubs. In fact, I wish that I had a nickel for every request for souvenirs we have filled since our inception.
The Angels have always endeavored to fulfill our obligations to the best of our ability, and we keep an accurate and detailed record of all such requests. However, there is a particular problem relative to the Angels.
Most people are under the impression that we maintain our executive offices at Chavez Ravine; hence, they send correspondence to the ball park. The Angel offices are not located there, and the mail must be forwarded to our offices. It is unfortunate that the two letters sent by Mr. Fendrick were lost between the park and our executive offices at 1525 North Western Avenue in Los Angeles; I am sorry to say that we have no record of his request.
As an avid football fan and a former assistant professor at Utah State University, I enjoyed immensely Tex Maule's article on Bill Munson (A College Star Ignites the Fireproof Rams, Oct. 5). However, I do feel the article does John Ralston, a great football coach, a grave injustice. The article states, " Ralston never thought much of Munson as a quarterback" and indicates that in the varsity-alumni game Munson, one of the "poorly regarded sophomores," was assigned to the alums. It should be understood that the varsity had two upperclassmen as quarterbacks, and in order to give all three work Munson was assigned to the alum team. Ralston showed his high regard for Munson clearly after Munson"s first varsity game. In discussing the game films at a faculty gathering, which I attended, Ralston stated without reservation his belief that in the future Munson would be a professional quarterback. And he pointed out that even at that time Munson threw with the best of the pros.
Ralston, a great developer of talent, brought Munson along slowly. He could well afford to, as Utah State, as I recall, lost only one regular-season game in Munson's first two years.
John Ralston, like everyone else, has made mistakes in his time, but not recognizing the talent of Bill Munson was not among them.
DAVID S. GORFEIN