I'm writing this letter to tell you how sorry I am for you. Last fall you predicted the Cardinals would beat the Tigers in the World Series. As a matter of fact, you had the Cards the world champs before the sixth game was underway. Well, great predictors, what happened?
Now you have the nerve to predict that Baltimore will win the Eastern Division in the American League (Scouting Reports, April 14). Pity, pity, pity. Everyone knows the Detroit Tigers are the greatest team around and it will take more than Baltimore to stop them.
I don't see how in the world your "scout" can say that the White Sox "can only dream" of winning the AL Western Division. If they were in the Eastern Division, I could see the logic, but the West? Come on! Remember 1959.
Last October you had a spread on the World Champion Cards, and when Detroit won the pennant you had only a few dinky pictures. Now you say St. Louis will finish first in the NL East and Chicago third.
No, no, no! This is the year of the Cubs. With a lineup consisting of Kessinger, Beckert, Santo, Banks, Williams, Hundley and Phillips, and a great pitching staff led by Jenkins, you can expect nothing less.
VINCENT DI CECCO III
Roselle Park, N.J.
You have made a giant underrating in your pitch for the Reds for the NL Western title. The Giants have the strongest pitching in their division, as well as great hitting and an improved defense. Willie Mays (Leading Man: Wondrous Willie, April 21) is a revitalized ballplayer who will lead the Giants to a pennant. See you in October.
I hope the young pitchers like Johnson and Pappas, the best outfield in the majors, Aaron, Alou and Carty, and great infielders like Cepeda, Millan, Jackson (yes, Jackson) and Boyer will greet you in Atlanta at World Series time.
F. E. HESTER JR.
The temperature has been about 50�, the sun has been shining, kids have been playing ball everywhere and I haven't seen any of the snow that was supposed to be blanketing Jarry Park (according to SI).
The Expos won their opener and have proved they'll be a threat to most teams with their great hitting power, though they are very weak in the pitching department. Please send someone to see for himself, instead of relying on gossip which seems to imply that we're living in igloos up here.
I will have you know that we are a hardy people here in Montreal. I, myself, was born in an igloo and have spent most of my life since then in temperatures that never got above the 20� mark. So you see, a little cold air isn't going to keep me from the games. It may be a little difficult getting there, however, as the glacier is quite dangerous this time of year and, to make matters worse, my dog team has been acting up lately. As for the snow on the field, there's talk that they will simply water it down and hold a hockey game in place of the ball game—that is, if the snowdrifts don't build up too much.
S. F. SHAAR