It would sure be interesting to see how Alabama would fare if they played first Michigan State, then Notre Dame, then USC and UCLA. Or even any one of the four.
E. L. THOMAS
Thank you for your fine coverage of the one-wall handball match between Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Sandler (It Was Action Day in Brooklyn, Sept. 5). It was a fine tribute to a man ( Jacobs) whose desire for excellence makes him the ideal American sportsman.
I enjoyed Tom Brody's delightful story on the two great handball champions. I also thought that your readers might be interested to know that when the match was arranged, three weeks before it took place, Jacobs was asked to promise that he would not set foot on a one-wall court until he played Steve Sandler. Those who saw Jacobs play, and saw how amateurish he looked, knew he had kept his word.
There is going to be a rematch in six weeks, and, in the meantime, Jacobs has been given license to learn what the one-wall game is all about. I personally think that Sandler will win again, but at least Jacobs will know better what to do with his splendid talent on a one-wall court.
New York City
Well, it's about time we got an article on Harry Walker (The Voice of the Pirates, Sept. 5). After wading through everything from Bill DeWitt to Jacqueline Piatigorsky it was a pleasant change to read about a man who has taken a second-rate team to first place.
Any manager who can turn .250 hitters into .341 hitters deserves a lot more than an article in a magazine. But I guess winning the National League pennant and the World Series will be adequate reward for the Pirate skipper.
Santa Ana, Calif.
I believe that it is too early to proclaim Cincinnati's Dave Bristol a great baseball manager (Hottest Team in Baseball, Aug. 22). Granted he has some of the qualifications for greatness, like being a lousy ballplayer, packing a full cheek and being a bit on the folksy side. However, he has much too much hair, not nearly enough waistline and does not come from a place like Drop Dead, Pa. or Straight Edge, W. Va., all necessary to becoming one of the truly great ones.
Remember, Bristol will be competing with the likes of Walter (Smokey) Alston. Walt has him far outstripped in hairline, paunch and lack of playing ability, and he comes from a place named Darrtown in southern Ohio. Further, I went to college with Smokey Alston and hardly ever heard of him, because there was no reason to. That is the stuff that Hall of Famers are made of. I feel that Bristol falls a little short in the things that count. Just how far can a full cheek be expected to carry a guy?
H. H. TODHUNTER
In the article concerning the John Brodie blackmail case (The Fabulous Brodie Caper, Aug. 29) most of the blame for the pro-football war seems to fall on the NFL. This is a great injustice to the NFL. Football (both pro and college) has the NFL to thank for its rise to the top as a spectator sport. It took 40-plus years to do this. Only now is it beginning to pay off. The benefits accorded to pro-football players are almost too fantastic to believe, and the NFL is responsible for them all. They made it all possible.
Then along comes the AFL, a bunch of spoiled, disgruntled millionaires who have money to burn and who believe that you're not In unless you have as a hobby a professional team of some sort. It is inexcusable for such a group to walk into a ready-made moneymaking proposition and then turn around and blame the NFL for doing precisely what the AFL itself is doing. No one can fault the NFL for refusing to soothe the AFL's ego or place a part of its organization in another's hands just as a hobby.