Thanks kindly for allowing me to collect on a bet. Intuition told me Al Kaline would grace your cover this season (Those Big Tiger Muscles, June 5).
The Tigers are indeed stalking a pennant this year, and with Mr. Kaline envisioning his first World Series game, how can we lose?
Since the Tigers have fallen flat after many promising sessions in Florida in recent years, articles such as William Leggett's have been slow in coming. I commend you on your recognition of the best all-round player on any team, and the best all-round team in any league.
Your bravery merits something. The ticket is on me Oct. 5 at Tiger Stadium.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
I enjoyed very much William Leggett's story on the Tigers and Mr. Kaline. With all the superstars like Robinson and Mantle in the league, Al always seems to be overshadowed. Kaline has been a very consistent player throughout the years, and just to see him is, I feel, worth the price of admission.
If Al continues to get support from the other players, and some good pitching, Detroit may just have that pennant flying in Tiger Stadium.
I think your article about the Detroit Tigers was great. They have everything you said—the muscles to win the pennant and the World Series. The only thing I was disappointed in was that you didn't have anything about Earl Wilson. You should, you know. He has an 8-5 record. So next time put a little Earl Wilson in it.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
GENTLEMAN JIM AND WILLIE
I would like to congratulate you on your fine track articles of the past weeks, especially the one on the California Relays at Modesto and Texas Southern University's James Hines (Love and Hate and a Very Fast Hundred, June 5). I am a sprinter, just graduated from high school, and have had the opportunity of meeting both Charlie Greene and Hines at the Kansas Relays. When I congratulated Greene on a victory, he said nothing and looked down his nose at me. But James Hines said, "Thank you," and before the finals on Saturday he allowed me to warm up with him.
I look for Hines to lead the U.S. team in Mexico City. Anyone who has time to talk to a hero-worshiping high school athlete is a real champion.
Shawnee Mission, Kans.
As a track buff I was pleased to see that Pete Axthelm's article on the Modesto relays included a mention of Willie Turner, the rising world-class sprinter who ran second to Tommie Smith in the 220 and equaled the world 100-meter record while losing a photo to Jimmy Hines.