Re This Saint Has Been Called a Sinner (June 1), it is very difficult for me to believe that Ernie (Wheels) Wheelwright is or ever has been associated with Mafia types. I soldiered with Ernie in a platoon of the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles) during the years 1961-63 and got to know him quite well. Ernie undoubtedly can make it—without the "help" of undesirable types.
Grand Turk Island, B.W.I.
You refer to Ernie as a "30-year-old, second-string running back." The way I see it, "Old Ernie" isn't figuring on playing any football next year and is taking advantage of an opportunity to get plenty of free publicity for his Central Park South.
THOMAS A. COOKE
THREE OUT OF FOUR
At least somewhere in New York there is someone ( Walter Bingham) who knows where the Cubs really stand (Say It Again, Rube! June 1). Congratulations on an excellent article.
Walter Bingham's article on the Cubs-Mets games was completely one-sided. Sure the Cubs beat the Mets three out of four, but he doesn't have to write it up as though it was the World Series.
All I can say is, "Poor you" is right, Chicago.
In the article concerning the return of Richie Allen to Philadelphia (Candles Are Burning Low in Philly, June 1), you made a special point of telling how he beat his former teammates with those hits of his. How about telling the other half of the story? During the game on Sunday (May 24) Philadelphia pitchers struck out Mr. Allen five times.
Well, King Beard, seemingly needing no help from Dick Schaap, proceeded in a cutting and tactless display that certainly made no friends (The Best of Them Burn and Bum, June 1). On the contrary, Frank must have wiped out even the little "pitter-patters" of applause he receives (received) in one fell swoop. The crushing blow, of course, was a borrowed phrase about Palmer being over the hill, over 40 and lacking desire. Beard did manage to thank Palmer for the money he has brought to the pro golf tour. Beard has a heart of gold.
Leaving Palmer wounded and bleeding to death, Frank blatantly suggests that Jack Nicklaus win one out of every three tournaments, an impossible feat these days with so many good young golfers, and then he proceeds to deliver a cruel blow to Gary Player. Beard never mentions Player's dedication or golfing ability but only elaborates on Gary's regard for his health.
However, because Frank Beard still commands respect as an excellent golfer, even the most irate fans should afford him a second chance. I hope he takes advantage of it.
Frank Beard's definition of a nice guy certainly doesn't apply to himself. He should have called his book "Jealousy on the Golf Tour." His reference to Arnold Palmer's "unmannerly" fans is as offensive as anything my children and I have read in your magazine. I hope his children don't read it.
SALLY ANN McELHEARN
Jamaica Estates, N.Y.