The article on college marching songs (Sing a Song for Alma Mater, Sept. 6) gave me a bang. Nothing can touch the Washington and Lee Swing on the dance floor, and nothing can touch The Victors anywhere.
GEORGE B. JOHNSON
Robert Cantwell credits Caleb O'Connor with writing the Yale football song Down the Field. I was a freshman at Yale when the song was introduced at a mass meeting, and I never heard of Caleb O'Connor. The composer of Down the Field was Stanleigh P. Friedman.
CLIFFORD H. BISSELL
?Friedman ( Yale, Class of 1905), who went on to become a lawyer and a vice-president and director of Warner Bros., wrote the music in June 1904. O'Connor (then a student at Yale Law School) wrote the words in the fall of 1905.—ED.
It is unconscionable that Robert Cantwell could "sing a song for Alma Mater" and not include either one of the greatest college tunes in America, The Spirit of Aggieland and The Aggie War Hymn. The latter was composed by J. V. (Pinky) Wilson while he was standing guard on the Rhine as a member of the American Expeditionary Force after World War I. The songs are so popular they are played by high school bands all around the country.
DAN B. GRIMLAND
As usual, SI's college football issue (Sept. 6) was an informative and colorful package, especially John Underwood's article New Boys on the Block. However, we at The Way It Was television show would like to set the record straight regarding former USC great and new Oregon State Coach Craig Fertig. He was not the man who quarterbacked USC to a national championship in 1962 and he never played in a Rose Bowl game, much less "starred" in one. Craig was a sophomore that year and was learning the ropes from Pete Beathard and Bill Nelsen.
In 1964, Craig's only full season as a starting quarterback, USC had to beat undefeated and No. 1-ranked Notre Dame to finish with a 7-3 record and a tie for the conference championship. The Trojans accomplished this feat in one of college football's greatest upsets (a game featured on an upcoming The Way It Was episode) but the Athletic Association of Western Universities selected the other team to go to the Rose Bowl, and Craig had to watch the Pasadena classic on television. The other AAWU team, incidentally, was Oregon State.
The Way It Was
KICKS AND CROATS
The article on the North American Soccer League's championship game (Minnesota Had to Eat Croat Meal, Sept. 6) indicated that "the league brass was hoping for a win by the Kicks" and that there was an anti-Croatian and/or anti-Canadian feeling among league officials.
I assure you there is no such feeling.
The league was not at all embarrassed by the appearance of a fine Toronto team. The league and all its member clubs were justifiably proud of the accomplishments of Minnesota in its first year, but were not necessarily hoping for a Kicks win. We were hoping only for an exciting game to end soccer's most successful season in North America, and we most certainly got it.
North American Soccer League
New York City
In regard to the article on Dick Siderowf (A Plain Man's Fancy, Aug. 30), I was appalled at the reference to Mr. Siderowf's "running feud with the greenskeeper about the patchy condition of the practice tee." I would like to make it clear to Mr. Siderowf that greenskeepers are now known as golf course superintendents. They are educated professionals in their field who provide quality turf for better golf for players both professional and amateur such as Mr. Siderowf.