Mis felicitaci�nes on your excellent article on the finest left-hander ever to throw a b�isbol on either side of the border (El Spahnie of Los Tigres, July 4). It should be noted, however, that Warren Spahn, winner of 363 major league games, earned his first Mexican League victory just before the article appeared. He led Poza Rica, 11-1, before retiring in the seventh inning, which, to borrow a phrase from the Sandy Koufax boosters, is not bad for a guy with no spring training.
We who believe that Spahn still belongs in the major leagues (he could have won a dozen games last year with better support) can only hope that some bilingual general manager will remember that he was a 23-game winner with the Milwaukee Braves just three years ago. El Halc�n—the Hawk—could bring some vitally needed wins to any American or National League pennant contender in the last half of the season.
I had the privilege of watching Spahn pitch a complete game four-hitter against St. Louis last year in Candlestick Park. He allowed two earned runs and lost as Bob Purkey shut out the Giants, but couldn't the Giants use a guy this year who throws four-hitters?
Couldn't everybody use a guy this year who throws four-hitters?
Santa Monica, Calif.
Myron Cope's excellent piece showed what a great reputation was willing to do just for the chance to pitch in the game he loved so very much.
Le Center, Minn.
Congratulations on a fine article on one of the truly alltime great pitchers of baseball.
Delighted as I am to see a story on our illustrious roadrunncr (SCORECARD, July 11), it pains me to point out that my favorite artist, Bill Charmatz, has portrayed that peerless paisano with three of his toes pointing forward on each foot.
One of the distinctive characteristics of the roadrunner is the fact that he has two toes pointing forward and two backward, so that his tracks resemble the letter X. Thus, when you try to follow a roadrunner's trail in the dust, you can't tell whether he went thisaway or thataway. Some of the local Indians have decorated infants' cradle-boards with symbols of roadrunner tracks to confuse evil spirits.
I won't even comment on the way you drew the paisano's tail. The Democrats and the Republicans of New Mexico started arguing about the angle of the tilt of the tail four years ago, and the controversy still continues.
Would you sort of run over that part again about how Ralph Houk made that immense improvement in the CBS Yankees (The Big Yankee Turnabout, June 20)? They sure have improved. Why, I recall when Ralph took over they were only 4-16 and all of 12 games back. Now they are 40-49 and only 18� games back.