LITTLE LEAGUE LASSES (CONT.)
After reading the letter from the two girls who want to participate in Little League baseball (April 15) I feel it is my duty to the high school and township teams that I play for to stand up for the sport of girls' softball. My town has had a girls' softball league for 12-to 18-year-olds for as long as I can remember, and teams are being added almost every season. With the onset of the New Jersey court battles concerning girls playing baseball (Now Georgy-Porgy Runs Away, April 22), a second softball program was established for those girls who were previously excluded—the 8-to 11-year-olds—and more than 100 little girls turned out for the program. Every high school has its own girls' softball team, and there are numerous other high school age and women's teams in our area.
I don't know about Farwell, Mich., but if you were to ask around the South Jersey area I doubt that you would find that "most girls can't stand using a softball." The sport is easily as exciting to watch as baseball, the rules being almost exactly the same, and any girl using a glove that has been broken in with a softball will find playing the game as challenging and fun as any baseball game. It's the same as any other sport, girls, you get out of it whatever you put into it.
PAULA M. KREBS
There is a simple solution to the problem of whether or not girls should play Little League baseball with the boys. Instead of setting up a separate softball program for the girls, why not set up a separate hardball program just like the one the boys have? Then, when they get established, maybe a merger can take place.
El Cerrito, Calif.
I have followed the recent issue of girls' involvement in Little League baseball. I have seen many good arguments on both sides of the ledger, but I'm afraid that everyone seems to be missing the point.
To my way of thinking, the whole issue here is allowing the girls to play, period. All the talk of allowing girls to play with boys is interesting, but what about those girls who are not good enough to play with the boys? Do they get to play anything? No one has thought of them. It is nice to let the greatly talented girls play with the boys; however, will there be any sports program for the remaining 98% of the girls to participate in?
The real issue is the freedom of all girls to compete at their own level of ability in programs comparable to the boys' programs. Let's forget all of this subterfuge and get down to the true task of fairly revising our sports and recreational opportunities.
Elementary P.E. Teacher
NAMES TO REMEMBER
Stoner Creek Stud deserves SI's accolade (SCORECARD, April 8) for its imaginative and clever naming of its colts and fillies. And not only do some of them win, they are among the best in harness racing.
Pacing and trotting stars from Stoner Creek in recent seasons have included the world champion pacer Albatross, winner of $1,201,470; last year's filly pacing champion Handle With Care, undefeated in 17 starts and winner of $141,124; the pacing Triple Crown champion, Most Happy Fella, winner of $419,033 and syndicated for $1 million; and his brother, the $210,000 yearling Good Humor Man, both out of Laughing Girl. There are also Smog, winner of the $101,242 Cane Futurity, and his high-class stakes-winning half-sister and brother Sprinkle and Trenchcoat, all out of Gray Sky; another champion filly, Hope Diamond, out of Kimberly Rodney; and Porterhouse, out of Filet Mignon and sire of last year's Harness Horse of the Year, Sir Dalrae.
Norman Woolworth and David Johnston, co-owners of Stoner Creek Stud, are not only ingenious but prophetic. After Porterhouse won $367,584 they named his half-brother Scraps. He won $397.
STANLEY F. BERGSTEIN
That was an interesting note you had on the naming of racehorses. The best-named horse of all time was owned by George Widener and enjoyed a fine career about 30 years ago. His name was Who Goes There. Challenger II was his sire and his dam was After Dark. Not even any of Mrs. Payson's fine names could ever top that one.
St. Charles, Mo.