SHORT AND SIMPLE
Your SCORECARD article "Full In The Fall" (Dec. 2) gave me an idea that is probably shared by many others. The dilemma facing both baseball and football in 1969 could be solved simply. Shorten the baseball season! I realize this is thought of by millions of baseball fans as heresy, blasphemy and an evil plot. But why should the season have to drag on through September? Attendance keeps declining, the continued expansion is diluting the overall quality of most teams and who can keep up his interest after both league championships have been locked up in August?
The final day of regular-season play should be Labor Day. Then certainly the playoffs and the World Series would be completed well before the end of September.
DONALD H. ENGSTROM
UNFAIR TO FAIR HARVARD
So at halftime both Coach Yovicsin and the disgruntled seniors were sure they were going to win (Unbeatens Met, and What Happened Beats All, Dec. 2). Poppycock! Somebody once said a tie was like kissing your sister. Not so this one. To us Harvard grads, the Harvard-Yale tie was like kissing Cleopatra.
ROBERT W. WOOD JR.
You owe an apology to the 1968 Harvard football squad and its fine coach, John Yovicsin. With so many more fitting things that could have been written about this great team and its superb efforts against Yale, it is incredible that the major portion of your coverage of the Harvard-Yale game should have been devoted to the puerile and self-pitying statements allegedly made by an anonymous member of the Harvard team.
WILLIAM H. BALL JR.
New York City
PAST TO PRESENT
It was with a great deal of pleasure that I read the article Old Days and Changed Ways (Nov. 25), by Alex Hannum with Frank Deford. I was especially elated to see that Mr. Hannum mentioned Al Cervi, perhaps the best defensive player and probably "the toughest guy I ever saw in the game," as Hannum said.
I had the pleasure to get to know Al Cervi three years ago at his summer basketball camp in the Adirondack Mountains. From the very beginning Mr. Cervi told us that the game of basketball was 99% desire and only 1% ability. It was largely through this man's guidance that I am now attending the University of Detroit.
Al Cervi is one of the true giants of basketball who, unfortunately, played the game too early in its development for it to fully appreciate his achievements.
I certainly enjoyed your article Old Days and Changed Ways, for I "grew up" with the Oshkosh All-Stars. Lonnie Darling was my father and truly a great man as well as coach. He was Mr. Basketball. It is sad to think his life had to end at the early age of 46. He would be overwhelmed by the popularity of basketball today.
SALLY DARLING BROWN
MATTER OF QUALITY
Lest anyone be misled by Bil Gilbert's remarks with regard to military sports and physical activity (Play Ball, You ?!�%&*#/S!, Nov. 25), let me clear up a few points. The beneficial effects of regular vigorous physical activity to the general health of an individual are indisputable. The main benefit is not in increased life-span, but in the increased quality of life.
The stress placed on the body systems by exercise, particularly the cardiorespiratory system, improves their function not only for athletic activity, but also for the tasks of daily living. I am not speaking of the excessive stresses placed on the bodies of people such as professional athletes. Just about anything can be done to excess.