Who does Beard think he is? Does he feel that spectators should have to pass "Cliff Roberts' Test of Regulations" to empathize a little on weekends? I think Beard would like to have a subsidized tour—no spectators needed; he'll call the folks and tell them the results. Beard should understand that he can't have it all. He's either got to be thankful for a superstar bringing out the gang, or he's got to be satisfied to play in $20,000 tournaments—in silence.
The Frank Beard series was very interesting and enjoyable reading. He has candidly shown the pressures facing all golfers on the tour, as well as a remarkable insight into the styles and lives of the great golfers, himself included.
HOPE FOR HOPKINS
Congratulations on your article on the 1970 Virginia lacrosse team (One Team, Anyway, Says, Yes, Virginia, May 25). It is undoubtedly a fine team with some excellent players (e.g., Tom Duquette) but it upsets me to see you once again ignoring Johns Hopkins. Hopkins lost three All-Americas last year, and this year was not given any chance of winning or even sharing a fourth straight national championship. Yet Hopkins decisively beat Navy (the team Virginia lost to) as well as Army, considered to be the best team in the country. Virginia does not even play Army. Upon reflection maybe you will come to see that Hopkins, and not Virginia, is "the best of this spring's championship trio." If not, we can wait, since Hopkins used only three seniors against Army, Navy and Maryland and we possess probably the two best sophomore midfielders in the country in Gary Handleman and Eric Bergofsky.
K & K
As an oldtime Yankee fan, I read with enjoyment and nostalgia Jerry Kirshenbaum's article on Charlie Keller (Keeping 'em Down on the Farm, May 18). It reminded me of two stories about Charlie that I think might be of interest:
1) He was, to my knowledge, the first player to insist that cash collected for a day in his honor be used to set up a scholarship fund. The cash from Charlie Keller Day went to his alma mater, the University of Maryland.
2) When Red Rolfe, then the Tiger manager, hired Keller as a coach, he explained his choice in approximately these words: "He's a used-to-winning, class Yankee and that should be a help to any ball club!"
A good man, Charles K! A good piece, Jerry K.
JOSEPH E. MACKEY
New York City
During World War II it was my privilege to command a U.S. Navy gun crew on a merchant ship which had Charlie Keller as its maritime purser. Needless to say, a few ocean crossings in the confines of a relatively small ship give one an opportunity to learn many things about one's fellow man. Frequent philosophical interchanges, many reflections on the values of sports participation and a daily cribbage encounter gave me an opportunity to know the greatness of Keller. His desire to win, his competitive spirit, his willingness to sacrifice for a better performance and his use of strategy and insight were all couched in a framework of fair play.
Please accept my sincere thanks for painting the picture of a true champion.
JACK B. DAUGHERTY