As an avid Met fan I had until now steadfastly adhered to the axiom set forth by all advocates of Metsomania, i.e., hate the Yankees. Having read Jack Mann's article, A New Comic Act in New York (May 3), my animosity toward the once mighty team of mammoth immortals has been lessened considerably. Mr. Mann's article on the Yankees parallels Charles Beard's historical work on the signers of our Constitution, in which Beard most successfully and empathetically humanized the Founding Fathers.
TIMOTHY H. BARRON
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Is this an attempt to present the Yankees in a new, more sympathetic light? A leopard doesn't change its spots. I wonder how the comic touch will be regarded at the end of this season.
These Yankee clowns certainly do not resemble their illustrious predecessors, who would be in hiding after dogging it in two consecutive World Series.
New York City
Along with your coverage of the Kentucky Derby and its sentimental favorite, Bold Lad, I feel you should have given a little space to another sentimental favorite, the history-making pure-white 2-year-old filly named White Beauty, whom you mentioned in your SCORECARD section last November 2.
White Beauty, probably the first all-white Thoroughbred ever to race, won the fourth at Keeneland in her third start on April 22 under the superb guidance of Jockey Ken Knapp.
H. E. GASTLE, M.D.
?In her other two starts at Keeneland, White Beauty finished ninth and third. In her fourth race, the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs on Derby Day (see right), the white charmer came in seventh in a 10-horse field.—ED.
In the light of your continuing interest in the President's physical-fitness program and in answer to the many detractors who have slighted and slandered our teen-agers, I thought you might be interested in a firsthand account of one physical challenge that was successfully met. In the face of the most devastating Mississippi River flood in history, the teen-agers from our area, grade school through college, put on the greatest display of physical endurance, selflessness, teamwork and sheer guts it has been my privilege to witness. They toiled countless hours in the cold and rain, constantly threatened with injury or loss of life. Time and again they beat back the fury of the river. They suffered their discomforts with laughs and ignored their aches and bruises.
I am sure that this situation was duplicated many, many times in the other river communities affected by the flood. Don't worry about this generation of "soft-living," "soft-bellied" teeners. They pulled us through this emergency and will continue to do battle and survive the legacy of trouble with which we burden them.
WILLIAM D. TIERNAN
The piece by Dan Jenkins (You're Nobody Till Somebody Hates You, May 3) was something else. I'm with you, Dan. My current strategy involves a bold advance to the rear (entirely different from a retreat, suh) from Arnie's Army, Jack's Pack and Lema's Legion.
Problem is, shall I re-enlist in Zarley's Zealots, Yancey's Banshees, Weaver's Believers, Dill's Escadrille, Kneece's Meeces, Beard's Band, Martindale's Nightingales, Glover's Gang, McGowan's Clowns, Hart's Upstarts or Archer's Marchers?