When will managers (and athletes) realize that, without fans, there are no games or matches...and no money?
How dare Dan Jenkins (You Were Great, Jerry Pate, June 28) not include the Knickered Knight among the youngsters who have won the U.S. Open? Nicklaus and Jones, for sure, but Gene Sarazen outdid them both by winning when he was only 20. And he proved he belonged with them by winning the Open again 10 years later.
As for Jerry Pate—his first Open victory is not the last we wish to hear of him.
New York City
JOE'S SWAN SONG
I am flabbergasted by Robert H. Boyle's gentle treatment of the grossly out-of-shape Smokin' Joe Frazier in his swan-song fight with George Foreman (Smokin' Joe Burns Out, June 28). Boyle conjectures that had "fans known Frazier was going to trip the light fantastic there undoubtedly would have been a sell-out [crowd of] 17,000 instead of the 10,341 who did attend." A far better bet would have been that if fans had known Frazier would be coming into the fight at 224� pounds nobody would have showed up.
E. L. Doctorow's After the Nightmare, (June 28) is a perfect example of what heights sports journalism can reach. His article is a mixture of many things. While it is ostensibly a sports story, it is also a deeply moving human story, a political story, even a comment on the world today. Thanks for remembering that there is more to sports than who wins the Super Bowl or the World Series.
MITCHELL S. KANDER
I greatly enjoyed Bill Gilbert's article A Turn Along the Old Pike (June 21 et seq.). I attend Washington and Jefferson College, which abuts Route 40 in Washington, Pa. W&J is rich in history, especially where sports are concerned. Football coaches and players include Bob Folwell, Sol Metzger, Earle (Greasy) Neale, John Heisman, Andy Kerr, Bill Amos and Deacon Dan Towler. In 1922 W&J's undefeated team went to the Rose Bowl, the smallest school ever to play there, and tied the University of California's "wonder team" 0-0. In that game, W&J set records that still stand: most punts (16) and fewest first downs allowed (2).
W&J's Alltime All-America is Tackle Wilbur (Fats) Henry. A charter member of both college and pro football halls of fame, Henry was among the greatest players at his position.
On Sunday, June 20, the Chicago White Sox lost their 10th consecutive game. Earlier this season they won 10 in a row. Is this some kind of record, say, for most consecutive wins and losses by a team in a season? Or does another team have this dubious distinction?
J. VAN HOOT
San Jose, Calif.
?No such record is kept officially. However, a cursory check of the books turned up the 1953 New York Yankees, who won 18 straight, then lost nine in a row.—ED.
Just as a footnote to Doug Looney's excellent story on Stanley Dancer ( Dancer's Two-Stop Two-Step, June 14), Dancer's double at two tracks was rare, but it was not his first.