I have been a Yankee fan all my life, but no longer. The CBS deal was bad enough, but firing Yogi, one of the greatest Yankees of all time, was the clincher.
I do not like my baseball CBS style. Will the Yankee Haters of America accept a new member?
Mel Allen may be out as The Voice of the Yankees for any number of reasons that have been rumored since the 1962 World Series, but your rather snide reference to Mel's clich�s and your remark about "picking him up by his ears" (SCORLCARD, Oct. 19) belong in a far less knowledgeable publication than SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
There are very few in our profession who combine the technique required of a play-by-play baseball broadcaster with the insight into this very complex game and deliver both with the voice and eloquence that enable them to impart the word picture to a radio audience without slipping into at least a few of the hackneyed phrases and the inevitable redundancies you find so distasteful.
LICENSES FOR EVERYONE
In your article To Fight or Not to Fight (Sept. 7), Author Robert Boyle says, referring to me, that "McKenzie is best known in boxing circles as the commissioner who forgot to license anyone—fighters, seconds, managers, promoter—for the Patterson-McNeely title fight in Toronto." As a matter of fact, all parties connected with the fight were licensed.
Frank Tunney of Toronto held the promoter's license for this show and paid $500 for this yearly license.
The principals were issued licenses on October 16, 1961.
Pete Fuller of Boston was issued a manager's license. He also received seconds' licenses for Cleveland Spinney and Johnny Dunarumo of Massachusetts. Julius November received seconds' licenses for Bus Watson, Dan Florio, Cus D'Amato and Nick Florio.
D'Amato was refused a manager's license as he could not produce a managerial contract.
L. M. MCKENZIK, President
World Boxing Association
COUP DE GR�CE
After considering very carefully the case of Buffalo Slayer Bud Basolo in the October 19 issue of SI, I am going to recommend sending him back to the beginners' class to keep company with Buffalo Bill, who never got out of it.