ARMS, LEGS, AND THE MANN
What have you got against the Dodgers? First you say Koufax can't pitch anymore, therefore, they can't win the pennant. Well, now he is pitching as good as ever and there goes that theory. So Tommy Davis breaks his ankle and, of course, you say they are out of the running again (Deadly Slide for the Dodgers, May 10). As I write this the Dodgers are in first place by two games. They have just swept three games from the Reds. Before that they took three out of four from the Giants. I will be writing to you again in October when the Dodgers are playing in the World Series.
Loma Linda, Calif.
I stand in awe of Jack Mann. Few are the men with sufficient courage to dismiss from pennant contention a baseball team often accredited with the best pitching in baseball.
If the Dodgers' hopes are "shattered" now, I certainly want to be around when they piece them back together! If he can remember 1915 baseball, Mr. Mann should be able to think back to 1963, when the Dodgers proved in the World Series that pitching is the name of the game. And the Dodgers still have the best pitching staff in baseball.
JOHN L. CONDIT
San Gabriel, Calif.
Mr. Mann has failed to realize that the Dodgers may be versatile enough to combine their great pitching and speed with a respectable number of extra-base hits. The Dodgers may not win the pennant, but they will be a contender right through September, with or without Tommy Davis.
R. M. SHERMAN
O.K., so it is disgraceful "that it should seem necessary or desirable to appeal to government for a permanent solution" to the NCAA-AAU feud (SCORECARD, May 10). But what do you suggest? One thing for sure, we athletes won't be consulted or given an opportunity to help resolve it, yet guess who will get the blame when the Russians walk all over us this summer in Moscow?
Each principal should go off by himself somewhere and answer the following questions honestly: What is the purpose of sport? Should everyone be able to compete if he wants to? Do I want these competitors to do their best? Do I want our best competitors to represent us internationally?
Let's settle the feud and start getting ready for the Russians!
I must commend you on the superb handling of the article, This is the Way the Girls Go (May 10). Having known and competed with both of these girls, I know you couldn't have chosen more appropriate representatives for the new class of middle-distance runners. Girls like Marie Mulder and Janell Smith will definitely increase the lagging interest in the middle distances. These feminine runners are typical of the new faces appearing in girls' track today.
Congratulations on having written one of the first sensible, unprejudiced and non-facetious articles on women's track to appear in a national magazine. Some of the newspaper columns written by otherwise intelligent sportswriters are enough to make one cringe. It has always amazed me that the girls run at all in the face of so much discouragement.
New York City
John Underwood writes about a "small, weakly lit, high school football stadium" in Fredonia, Kans. The Fredonia stadium is one of the most modern and beautiful stadiums in this part of Kansas. He also made several remarks concerning our cement plant. This cement plant is a source of livelihood for many citizens of this town.