I want to nominate as Picture of the Year the one of Palmer and Nicklaus (Dancing Masters) in your April 10 issue. I squealed with delight when I first saw it and got the same reaction from friends when I showed it to them. Congratulations to Photographer Ben Winnert for showing the lighter sides of our heroes.
Altus AFB, Okla.
Your article on the Dinah Shore-Colgate Winners Circle golf tournament (Bracing for a Rich Breakthrough, April 24) was excellent. And congratulations to Colgate for backing the event. It is about time a big company caught on to a good thing. It is really a shame that more people do not go to see these gals play. There are a lot of good golf shots to be seen.
MRS. ROBERT BISCIOTTI
THE SISLERS' RATINGS
How informative to learn that Tom Seaver is a 1951, Ferguson Jenkins a 1671, etc. according to the George Sislers' pitching efficiency rating system (Masters of the Mound—and the Game, April 10). If you are going to publish such ratings, the least you can do is to mention how they were derived. All we learn from William Leggett is that "A Sisler rating is a number reflecting several ingredients, but the hallowed earned run average is not one of them...while factors such as strikeouts and denying batters walks receive heavy emphasis." All right, what are the other ingredients? Why were they chosen and how are the various components weighted? Why are they superior to the earned run average, the standard measure of pitching efficiency? Answers to these and other questions would have produced an interesting and informative article, not just a list of mystery numbers.
ALLAN F. WILLIAMS
?O.K., you asked for it. The Sislers' formula is designed to measure four pitching qualities: "durability, stuff, control and intellect." To determine a particular pitcher's durability and stuff, subtract the number of hits he has allowed for the season from double the number of innings pitched. As for control, subtract four-thirds of his walks (excluding intentional walks) from his total number of strikeouts. Add this total to the first, then subtract 25% of the earned runs he has allowed, as an index of what the Sislers call pitching intellect, and you get his total performance points. Finally, divide that total by the number of innings pitched for the pitcher's efficiency rating per inning. The decimal point is dropped from the final result.—ED.
I noted with amusement that George Allen of the Redskins has been talking with Darrell Royal in order to formulate a defense for the Wishbone T ("Wishful Thinking," SCORECARD, April 17). I don't know it the Wishbone offense has a future in pro football, but it seems to me that if Allen is really interested in stopping it, the man he ought to consult is Joe Paterno. He had some pretty good ideas last New Year's Day in the Cotton Bowl.
THE WITTMAN SAGA
Re SCORECARD'S April 17 reference to "Jonah" Mickey Wittman, those of us who have known and worked with The Witter find it more than coincidental that teams he has been associated with have abandoned the sport and that franchises have been shifted. Mickey has a penchant for making things happen. As a point of reference, his former high school coaches, Charles Walsh (basketball), Chet Stopyra (baseball) and I (football), have also given up our games, although Wittman's alma mater, Nanuet (N.Y.) High School is still holding on.