Your excerpt omits the dramatic revolt of the Deans in mid-August. That welded the team together. Only when the penitent Dizzy and Paul returned to the fold did the Cardinals develop sufficient esprit de corps to start their pennant drive. While Dizzy was suspended, the Cards won six of seven games. Even Pepper Martin pitched—effectively—for a couple of innings.
I was there as publicity director of the 1934 Cardinals and editor of the 1934 Cardinal World Series program.
I hope I will be joined by others in asking that NBC not fold The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola (TV/RADIO, April 7). It is one of the finest baseball shows ever seen. It has added a new dimension by allowing fans a closer look at the players as human beings and at the too-often-missed humorous aspects of the game. Monday night wouldn't be the same without Joe. There is no substitute for a good format and a great guy.
Victoria, British Columbia
I have just finished reading Fond Links to Sausage Man (April 14) by Terry Davis and am thinking of my high school girl friend of 10 years ago who couldn't stand to get next to me during practice, of the 105-pounder whom we constantly beat up or tied up, of the heavyweight who always enjoyed eating in front of us. In those few pages Davis has captured what wrestling is all about, that certain something that no other sport can match. It is a feeling of mutual satisfaction, of enjoying the wrestle-offs so you could rest, enjoying hearing about the week's opponents (again, so you could rest) and of constantly trying to do something behind Coach's back.
I have retired from wrestling, but still officiate and coach. This article is going to be my creed. For every potential "Sausage Man" or "Mash" who asks me what wrestling can offer, I'll say read this article. Then when he looks at me as though I should see a shrink, I'll simply respond that unless you live it, you'll never understand what it means.
GEORGE R. SINCERBEAUX
SWIMMERS AND DIVERS
While USC's John Naber "was the only swimmer to score multiple record victories" at the NCAA swimming and diving meet (Yes, We Are Believers, April 7), he was not the meet's only double winner. Ohio Stale's Tim Moore won the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions and by the next week had accumulated 18 major titles (six AAU, five NCAA, seven Big Ten).
Ohio State should be well represented in the Olympics, as Moore and another Buckeye, Miss Carrie Irish, will undoubtedly make the team. Ron O'Brien, coach of the men's Olympic diving team, is also from Ohio State.
In SCORECARD ("All Wet," April 14) you mention that Chicago State University's Fred Evans is the first black ever to win a U.S. national swimming championship. Alfred Warren, a classmate of mine at Central State ( Ohio) University, won the NAIA three-meter diving championship in 1961, '62 and '63 and the one-meter in 1961 and '62. Warren is now a swimming and diving teacher in a high school in the Cleveland area.
HAROLD J. MARTIN
Dave Roberts' recent record effort in the pole vault deserves more attention than it was given (FOR THE RECORD, April 7). While a student at Rice, Dave became the only man ever to win the NCAA pole-vault title outright three years in a row. He now is a straight-A graduate student in zoology at the University of Florida and is awaiting only the outcome of the 1976 Olympic Trials to apply for entrance to medical school. Come on, SI! Real heroes are getting hard to find: don't pass up the opportunity to show us one.
CHARLES H. ALLEN
Re Jim Harrison's weird comments about Charles Berlitz' book The Bermuda Triangle (BOOKTALK, March 31), I have a suggestion. I think Mr. Harrison should be sent along as an observer on the proposed drifting expedition, with Mr. Berlitz in full charge of the "damp, damp soda crackers."
WILLIAM P. BOLAND JR.