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But Robert F. Jones said that Reichmann outflew them all, including Moffat. It is difficult to understand how the author came up with this conclusion. The fact that Reichmann's score (8,663 points) was higher than Moffat's (8,323 points) has absolutely no relationship, because points were not scored between the two classes. We who are deeply involved in soaring would hesitate to determine whose performance was best. It is like comparing apples to potatoes.
Moffat is the World Open Class Soaring Champion, and he is an American. We in the U.S. should be really proud of this accomplishment. I think SI should have given him a real pat on the back.
PROPER MEASURES (CONT.)
My interest in the game has extended to comparing fence distances and heights of major-league ball parks in terms of home runs that would be expected. This led necessarily to climatological factors, and we dropped baseballs from a little higher and photographed the bounce with a movie camera. The results obtained were consistent with those in your article.
As a matter of companion interest, your article mentions that high humidity during the game will curtail the flight of batted balls. I'm sure you mean this happens because of the effect of humidity on the resiliency of the ball itself. However, a lot of people also feel that high humidity or high proportions of water vapor in the air tend to slow down the flight of the ball. On this point my research has indicated that dry air is actually more dense than air containing large amounts of water vapor such as would be characteristic of high humidity. This pertains up to the point of any precipitation such as mist, fog or rain—which would naturally slow down the ball. However, the difference in a ball passing through dry air (low humidity) in contrast to high humidity is extremely small. So when the ball does not go far because of humidity, it is only because of moisture acting on the ball itself, as you describe in your article.