While I appreciated Mason Smith's article, I was disturbed to note that you had reversed the captions for the photographs of Buster Welch on Mr. San Peppy and Bill Freeman on Jay Freckles.
La Crescenta, Calif.
?Sorry. SI's pencil cut left when it should have cut right.—ED.
Without question Mark Littell and Steve Mingori have served Kansas City very well out of the bullpen this season (Two Who Suit K.C. to a Tee, Sept. 6). However, to say that there is no one-two punch comparable to them is an exaggeration. Cleveland stoppers Dave LaRoche and Jim Kern are certainly in the same class as the Royals pair.
Jim Kaplan mentioned that Gene Garber and Tug McGraw of the Phillies have "contributed mightily to their team's first-place record." But the top Phillie relief pitcher this season has been Ron Reed, whom the Phils acquired in an off-season deal with St. Louis.
I must point out one small error in the scouting report (Sept. 6) on the University of Alabama. There was at least one other quarterback who was skilled enough to play as a freshman at Alabama. In 1952 a substitute by the name of Bart Starr appeared in a number of games and made a significant contribution to the 61-6 victory over Syracuse in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, 1953. As your readers doubtless know, he went on to make some small contribution to NFL football with the Green Bay Packers.
THE REV. H. T. KARN JR.
Re SCORECARD (Sept. 13), what a question! What does one do with oneself on Oct. 9 when there are no prominent Indiana football teams featured on TV? Every true grid fan knows. One watches the annual Oklahoma-Texas shootout.
The SCORECARD item (Sept. 6) about George Blanda was very interesting. I'm certain that George isn't as "anti-everything" as he was portrayed to be. However, here are a few facts for him to consider:
If, at the end of his career, an individual has as many friends as he has fingers on his hands, he has been successful.
George received lucrative contracts in exchange for his outstanding talents.
End of talent, end of contract.