In that Tournament of Champions series, played in 1973 at Monroe, N.C., Seattle was eliminated in the semifinals. However, the MVP of the series was Bannister, who appeared in four games (starting and relieving), pitched 19 innings, allowed 13 hits and 11 walks and fanned 25 batters.
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You could at least have mentioned that Floyd Bannister's one loss this season came last month against defending national champion Texas in a four-game series in which the two perennial national powers each won two games.
ROBERT G. WATTS JR.
I enjoyed H. R. Coursen's poem American Pastime (SCORECARD, April 12), but I have one correction to make. Mordecai (Three Finger) Brown did not get his nickname because he had only three fingers on his throwing hand, as Coursen believes. Brown had four fingers on that hand: he lost only his right index finger in a boyhood accident. The nickname refers to the number of digits Brown actually used while pitching, namely his thumb and his middle and ring fingers. Trivia lives.
Upon reading your article A Good Naber Gets Gunned Down (April 5) on the NCAA swim meet at Brown University, we were amused at Jerry Kirshenbaum's reference to Brown as a "blas�" Ivy League campus. Even while immersed in academia, the Brown campus does find enjoyment in spectator sports. If Kirshenbaum had looked, he would have found Brown mentioned among the top four teams in soccer and hockey. He could also have noted the Brown pep rally before the Ivy League championship Brown-Harvard football game.