Another first for the CFL is that it managed to settle differences before the regular season was affected. A third first is that during the strike the CFL still managed to put on its All-Star Game.
Every summer we here in Ohio have a standing joke that perhaps this will be the year we have an "all-Ohio World Series." The Cincinnati Reds (Beware the Dudes in the Red Hats, June 24) are usually a sure bet to overtake whomever they happen to be trailing at the All-Star break. We expect that. The joke lies in the fact that the Cleveland Indians (Whooping It Up with the Indians, July 29) have never fared as well. The Tribe has often had trouble overtaking anybody, either before or after the All-Star break.
But not so this year. The Indians are alive and well and headed for first place. In fact, maybe the people of Ohio will be spending a few early October days taking short drives into either Cleveland or Cincinnati to watch the master, Gaylord Perry, battle the hustler, Pete Rose. And won't that be a sweet joke on us!
Ted St. Martin's suggestion (SCORECARD, July 29) that there is a place in basketball for the designated free-throw shooter is in no sense innovative. For approximately the first 20 years of this century that was exactly what basketball had. Until the 1923-24 season one player was permitted to shoot all free throws for his team. This led to some prodigious scoring feats in a time when the averages of most players were far below today's marks. For most of the period in which this rule was in effect, free throws were awarded not only for personal fouls but also for what are now known as violations, such as traveling with the ball and double dribbling.
At Kansas, which has one of the richest basketball traditions in the country, the list of alltime single-game high scorers includes the name of Lefty Sproull, who in 1913 scored 40 points against Washington University of St. Louis. Only Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Lovellette, Bud Stallworth, B. H. Born and Walt Wesley ever scored more points in a single Kansas game. Jo Jo White never did. Sproull did it on 14 field goals and 12 free throws. He still holds the alltime Kansas free-throw record for conference games with 279.
The alltime Kansas single-game free-throw record goes all the way back to 1911, when Vern Long, the designated free-throw shooter (although of course he wasn't called that) scored 22 against the Kansas City Athletic Club. My recollection is that the rule was changed to put more of a premium on versatility. Now the trend seems to be to go the other way, as witness not only the designated hitter but the suggestion for designated base runners.
As an avid basketball player, fan and conscientious free-throw shooter, I was extremely interested in your item on Ted St. Martin and his record of 281 consecutive free throws. This is an amazing feat; however, for some time I have been under the impression that the official record for most consecutive free throws was 499, set by Harold (Bunny) Levitt in 1935. I am now curious as to which of these is the record to shoot for.
Browns Mills, N.J.
?Try for Levitt's.—ED.
TALE TOLD OUT OF SCHOOL
Concerning your article on Del Miller (Shrewdest Rube Around, July 29), about 18 years ago a colleague of mine told the following story on herself.
Miller was a member of a junior high social studies class she was teaching. The pupils were given the assignment of choosing a vocation they would like to follow, doing research on it and writing a report on their choice. When my friend saw that Miller had written about horses, she went to the principal for advice. Should she accept this paper? Was raising horses a serious vocation? The principal advised her to accept the paper since Del's grandfather did have horses on his farm, and with some misgivings she gave Del credit for it.