My father (H. W. Robertson of Newark, Ohio) was a good left-handed semipro pitcher in the '20s and '30s. He writes and eats right-handed. I was a pretty fair right-handed high school and college pitcher in the '40s and '50s. I write and eat left-handed. Neither of us has yet been certified as crazy, albeit he thinks I am a little peculiar.
ROBERT L. ROBERTSON
Santa Fe, N. Mex.
Being the only lefty in my family, I was overjoyed when I read Jerry Kirshenbaum's article. Imagine my delight in discovering I had something in common with Bruce Jenner, Jimmy Connors and Ken Stabler.
You did not mention one of baseball's greatest left-handed flakes, Jay Johnstone of the Phillies. He has been known to set off firecrackers in the dugout and shine his shoes in the on-deck circle. By the way, he also batted .318 in 1976 and .329 in 1975.
I thoroughly enjoyed J. D. Reed's article on our national anthem (Gallantly Screaming, Jan. 3). However, as one who has often heard Seattle's Bob McGrath sing before athletic events, I feel I should set the record straight. Reed takes McGrath to task for singing the third verse of The Star-Spangled Banner, claiming it is poor diplomacy. I agree that the lyrics Reed gives as the third verse are hardly suitable for pregame festivities. The truth is, McGrath does not sing that verse. He sings the one that begins "Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand...." Whether or not McGrath's verse is actually the third is not important. What does matter is that the misunderstanding be rectified.