Each year after the baseball, football and hockey seasons are over, people write to tell you how bad you are at predicting the final standings and winners. I always felt that these people were quite unfair in their analyses, so here is mine.
These percentages are based on the predictions in your April 14 Baseball Issue. I gave you 10 points for a correct choice and five points if you missed by one position. You received four points if you missed by two positions and three points if you missed by three positions. You never missed a position by more than three so my system stops there. The results of each of your league predictions were as follows:
American League East—44/60 = 73.3%
American League West—50/60 = 83.3%
National League East—46/60 = 76.6%
National League West—48/60 = 80%
You correctly predicted 78% of the American League and 78% of the National League.
Congratulations on your article on sports philately (A Hobby to Drive You Crazy, Oct. 6). Readers wishing to know more about this exciting hobby could contact Miss Helen Long, 248 South Hemlock, Ventura, Calif. 93001 for information concerning Sports Philatelists International, its Journal of Sports Philately and other interesting aspects of its program.
ROBERT M. BRUCE
Excellent article on alligators (See You Later, Alligator, Sept. 29). It remains for people to refuse to patronize companies that offer alligator-skin articles: shoes, wallets, etc. The poachers would soon get the message, the demand would go down and they would end up going back to their real trades.
New York City
Concerning your article on the Eastern Division-winning Mets (Pitching—and an Omen—Favors the Mets, Oct. 6), let's set the record straight after 21 years. The saying really went, "Spahn and Sain and Bickford and rain."
I haven't heard Vern Bickford's name mentioned in many a year. Does anyone know his whereabouts? He may be the forgotten man of baseball.
LEWIS M. JOSEPH
?Bickford died in 1960 (of cancer at age 39). Arm trouble ended his pitching career in 1954.—ED.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your article on the NCAA-Maccabiah basketball fiasco (SCORECARD, Sept. 15). As you know, the U.S. Maccabiah basketball team lost to Israel in the finals for the first time since the games were inaugurated in 1932. This was due to the fact that the NCAA blew the whistle on seven of our boys who were under its jurisdiction.