Your SCORECARD article "Twist on a Twist" (March 25) brings to mind the Andover coed pro-am versatile varsity that competes in many sports throughout the world. In their Far East swing they meet the Madras Sport Coat, Seoul Food, the Taipei Type B, the Manila Envelope and the Hong Kong Flu. On their way back they compete with the Alaskan Pipeline (Leaks) and Hawaiian Punch, then on to meet the Reno Divorce, the Denver Sandwich and the Athens (Ga.) Grease. In a short home stand they meet the Lawrence Welk (Bubbles) and the Boston Tea Party (a baseball team known as the Bags). The name of the Andover team? Andover Again, of course.
EUGENE H. BALLARD
In his article Only You, Frank Darling (April 1), Frank Deford quotes Bill Currie, Pittsburgh sportscaster, as stating that no one among 100 people he interviewed in a street survey even knew what a post pattern was. That speaks more about the stupidity of fans in Pittsburgh than the authenticity of Mr. Currie's conclusion.
Deford further quotes Currie as contending that TV news audiences don't care who won or lost, what the score was, etc. Phooey!
If, as Currie contends, sports is the weakest part of a television news show the reasons are clear. It is spewed out by fast-talking so-called sportscasters with insufficient time for proper reporting, much less articulate commentary. Sport usually comes at the tail end of a broadcast and the viewer has to sit through often uninteresting trivia to get to it. Last, but most significantly, I wonder if Currie and Deford ever realized that maybe most television sportscasts are badly done because they are done by men.
Keith Power's article on the renaissance of American billiards (Playing Like an Amateur, March 25) was excellent and enlightening in that he clearly defined the differential between three-cushion and pocket billiards (or pool, as we know it today).
He states that Willie Hoppe, Welker Cochran, Jake Schaefer Jr. "and a handful of other Americans no one else in the world seemed able to beat" became the legendary cue masters in the golden era of the '20s and '30s. This is true, with one small exception.
On March 11, 1926 Erich Hagenlocher of Stuttgart, Germany, in a match that is still regarded as one of the billiard classics of all time, dethroned Jake Schaefer Jr. of Chicago 1,500 to 1,344 to win the world 18.2 balk-line billiard championship at Philadelphia.
The honor of playing Schaefer for the world title came to Hagenlocher following his challenge-round match-play eliminations of Willie Hoppe, Welker Cochran and the Japanese champion, Tamara Suzuki.
WELKER ERICH HAGENLOCHER