Equally spectacular as "the block" was "the tackle" Harrison Stafford made on Cy Leland in the 1930 Texas-TCU game. Leland was the conference sprint champion, and the year before TCU had beaten us 15-12 on his kickoff return for a touchdown. In the 1930 game Texas was forced to punt early in the third quarter. Leland fielded the punt and took off. Stafford met him head on, and Leland was tossed in the air like a matador being tossed by a bull. Grover (Ox) Emerson (later a star pro guard) caught him in midair, and poor Cy had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.
Stafford said that Leland tried to sidestep just before they made contact, and it resulted in Stafford hitting with his head instead of his shoulder. That was the last thing Stafford remembered about the game, although he wasn't taken out and went on to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. To hear Ernie Koy (senior) tell it, that wasn't the only time Stafford played by "instinct."
Eagle Lake, Texas
Your blend of the present with the past in the college football issue provided a sentimental journey for all of us who have followed the game down through the years.
The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame
New Brunswick, N.J.
In connection with your story The Prince of Pittsburgh (Sept. 13), I know of a very big plus on Bob Prince's side which proves there really is something new in baseball. Bob provided the quarterbacking for The Hutchinson Foundation, an organization sponsored by the writers, radio and TV announcers on the major league beat. Bob's committee will 1) provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to a medical student in cancer research selected by Dr. William Hutchinson, brother of the late Fred Hutchinson—in whose memory the foundation was founded—and 2) select one major leaguer each season who best exemplifies Hutch's fighting spirit on the field of play. Bob and his committee (three baseball writers and one other announcer) already have raised enough money to underwrite the foundation's scholarship for the first three years.
One of your letters-to-the-editor writers has obviously misinterpreted Sailor Corny Shields's philosophy of boat racing (19TH HOLE, Sept. 20). Contrary to the opinion expressed by him, Corny has for many, many years been an ardent supporter of complete one-design classes, and the more of them, in his opinion, the better. Those that he has founded and the many dozens in which he has raced support this. He believes that one-design classes are the finest of all training grounds for skippers and crews, provided the boats are completely one-design and no tolerances or variances whatsoever are permitted. He believes, however, that helmsmen should not confine their activities to one class entirely but should, on occasion, seek opportunities to prove their talents in severe competition wherever and as often as they can. They should not be satisfied being big frogs in small ponds but endeavor to prove their abilities in larger ones. For that reason Shields has regularly expressed admiration for sailors like Bud Melges, Bobby Mosbacher and his own son, Corny Jr., all of whom are constantly willing to race in anything against anybody at any time.
As for Corny's suggestion that the America's Cup series be sailed in sizable one-design boats in order to eliminate fiascos like 1958 and 1964, Shields stated in his recent book that something practical and economical must be done to preserve and develop interest in this legendary series. He predicts that this change may come about in the relatively near future, and your letter writer may well see it, if not in one-design boats then probably through a creation built at the top of the present Cruising Club rule, with perhaps an addition in sail area. Such boats would be as fast and as glamorous as the 12s, and would, in Corny's opinion, excite sizable interest in new boat construction, because they would enjoy a good after-market for many years for cruising and offshore racing. At least they would not lie in sheds covered with dust as the 12s do after their brief period of glory and enormous cost.
ROBERT G. GARDNER