I enjoyed reading the article on Ted Williams (The Newest Senator in Town, Feb. 24) by John Underwood. But I must disagree with Owner Bob Short's reasoning. At least Vince Lombardi is a proven winner. Williams is not—at least not as a manager. I'm not saying Williams will make a lousy manager, I'm just saying the fans will pay to see the players, not the manager. Sure it will be big for a little while, but what after that? Get another big name manager? I would advise Bob Short to use his money to get big name players to play-instead of to manage.
Hooray! The brashness is back in baseball and Ted Williams is his name! He's still saying it like it is: he accepted the job of managing the Senators because of "my real love and guts for baseball and money." Now there's a manager worth listening to—a welcome change from the drivel that issues from the many public-relations pennant predictors who are passing themselves off as managers this spring.
San Marcos, Calif.
Ted Williams is still in good form. He arrived in Washington and spit across the Potomac.
JOHN J. LYONS
THE BLOOMER GIRLS
Thanks for your excellent article Les Girls in Des Moines (Feb. 17). Here in Tennessee girls' basketball is a big thing (SCORECARD, Jan. 27), and I was recently shocked to discover that it is unheard of up North! I am glad you brought the girls out into the light, for not only do they play the game prettily, but they can sometimes play with as much belligerence as the boys, if not more!
The fine boost you gave Iowa's girls' basketball program is one thing, but to do it at the expense of the boys' program is another. We do have boys who can dribble, shoot and rebound, just like any other state. The girls' ability is a bonus no other state enjoys on such a scale.
Fort Dodge Messenger
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Your article on girls' basketball was very well written, and showed the vivid excitement of the sport, but when I think that I might be replaced at guard by a 16-year-old, red-haired, freckle-faced girl with braces who is scoring 33 points a game, I feel inferior and regret that I even read it.
In FACES IN THE CROWD (March 3) you credit Bert DeHate of Wisconsin as the leading hockey scorer in collegiate ranks. I beg to differ on this count: Army Captain Dave Merhar has the lead by far. In Army's 25 games to date, Merhar has scored 50 goals and 45 assists for 95 points.
The Cadets are now 17-7-1 with two to play. Merhar is recognized as the leading scorer in the East, why not make the recognition national?
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, N.Y.
Gwilym Brown's article on ski bobbing and the second World Skibob Championship races in Switzerland was most interesting (Tall in the Saddle out East, Feb. 17). It points out the competitive nature of the sport as well as its recreational attraction, based on ease of learning and safety. There are a couple of points, however, worthy of comment.
The American Skibob Association (not the U.S. Skibob Association) was organized in Nov. 1967 for the purpose of developing ski bobbing in the U.S. in a sound and progressive manner. The president of the ASBA is Keith Anderson, a prominent Denver attorney. Bill Cartwright of Missoula, Mont, is the U.S. representative of the F�d�ration Internationale de Skibob (FISB), headquartered in Munich, West Germany. The FISB is the sanctioning body for the world championships, which will be held in Missoula in 1971, and Mr. Cartwright is chairman of the committee responsible for hosting the 1971 event.