I have just finished reading your article (High, Y and Then Some, May 6) covering the National YMCA Swimming and Diving Championships, and I can honestly say I was appalled. You took a national championship and tore it to shreds.
We have never claimed to be as important as the AAU nationals, but the YMCA meet is not, as you put it, "a kind of wet three-ring circus." For many young swimmers this was the most important meet of their lives, and, as you admit, many Olympic swimmers began their careers as YMCA competitors. Without the Y swim program, the state of American swimming would be severely weakened.
It was disappointing to note Mr. Kirshenbaum's condescending attitude regarding the Y's swimming programs. Those of us who are not willing or able to relocate in order to affiliate our swimmers with an AAU swim club have to be content with upgrading our local Y's swim program. Those parents, and they are legion, who expend hours of their own free time in working with and improving our children's swim teams are thankful that there is a Y available, even with its imperfections.
But thanks anyway for an often-looked-for article on a wonderful event that I have learned to enjoy watching and working for.
Although I am not an avid fan of thoroughbred horse racing, your cover (I should say covers) on the May 13 issue intrigued me. Lay the cover down across its seam so that the back and front form one page. Cannonade won, but didn't the buckskin horse with the cowboy jockey come in second?
BARRY J. TRILLING
Santa Monica, Calif.
Thank you for the article on women's crew (May 13). As the cox of the girls' first boat at Phillips Exeter Academy, I've experienced the cold rains and hard work competitive rowing demands. We are the first officially recognized girls' varsity boat in the history of our school, and your title Don't Go Near the Water? Phooey! now occupies a place in the boathouse, and serves well to inspire us. Thank you again for the long-deserved recognition.
Your article was a tribute to both women's and men's crew, and we truly appreciate it.
But, come on, did your lower right-hand picture have to show No. 6 catching a crab?
LUCY CAMPBELL COE
University of Washington crew, 1909
(I have a picture to prove it.)
ROBERT CAMPBELL COE
University of Washington crew, 1937-40
VIRGINIA AUSTIN COE
University of Washington crew, 1971-72
Al Dark seems to have suffered a lapse of memory (Rhubarbs, Hassles, Other Hazards, May 13). Lou Brock was not playing for the Cardinals in 1961. Furthermore, perfect strikes from left field are not known to be in Brock's bag of tricks.
Apparently the caricature of Alvin Dark "storming" into Jackie Robinson was drawn from Alvin's memory. Most facts are correct. Sal Maglie was throwing at numerous Dodgers, Jackie did bunt, hoping to run up Maglie's back, Sal watched the play from the sanctity of the mound, Davey Williams was injured by Robinson, and Dark did try to avenge his teammate by sliding hard into Robinson at third base. However, I think the ball was jarred loose when Robinson tagged Dark hard on the forehead, which Alvin neglected to mention.
New York City