Since when are there only 10 inches in a foot? In your article about the livelier ball (They're Knocking the Stuffing Out of It. June 13) you show a picture of the measuring stick used to determine the height of each bounce, and it has only 10 inches in each foot. The article was great, but remember, a foot is usually thought of as containing 12 inches.
Rugby, N. Dak.
?The measuring rod shown was graduated in tenths of a foot and is of a type commonly used by engineers and surveyors.—ED.
Your May 23 article on the scouting ordeal in As I Did It touched me. Author Jerry Cowle believes that kids today don't have enough to strive for. In our small community, scouting is very active. In fact, my brother-in-law, who is 16, is in the Order of the Arrow, which has some similarities to the order Cowle describes. He, too, had to work very hard and show responsibility to become a member. Not all kids lose themselves in television "activities" today.
In her article, Taking Their Place in the Sun (June 20), Nancy Williamson states that the crews of the America's Cup contenders come from some unlikely sailing cities, such as Detroit. I'd like to point out that this unlikely sailing city has turned out the last two winners of the Canada Cup, Llwyd Ecclestone's Dynamite and Dr. Gerry Murphy's Golden Dazy, and has also sent the last two Great Lakes Area representatives to the Congressional Cup in the person of native Detroiter Marc Hollerbach.
Not too shabby for a town that has to share its place in yachting history with Denton, Texas; Lexington, Ky.; and Etna, N.H.
PETER A. GOEBEL
Lathrup Village, Mich.
Though my family and others have been deeply scarred by the consequences of a betrayed revolution, and in spite of the fact that I disapprove of a political system that denies its citizens numerous birthrights, all Cubans everywhere would agree that our present and past are richly filled with baseball talent. It was a pleasure reading about the great tradition of Cuban beisbol history (In Cuba, It's Viva El Grand Old Game, June 6). Just one thing. You made no mention of one of Cuba's greatest players, three-time batting champion Tony Oliva, whose career was curtailed due to chronic knee problems. Very few players have won a batting championship in their rookie year. Oliva did it and won again in his second year. Not many Cubans can match that feat, but then, not many Americans can, either.
Rick Telander's article on Roger Maris (The Record Almost Broke Him, June 20) was an excellent portrayal of one of baseball's most talented, yet misunderstood, individuals.
I was especially interested in the two-page photograph showing Maris hitting his 61st home run. It is a postscript to a famous story from the 1927 season when Ruth hit his 60 home runs.
The story goes that the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were to be the World Series opponents of the 1927 Yankees, arrived early for practice before the Series opener at Pittsburgh. Watching Ruth, Gehrig, Meusel and other Yankees pound one ball after another over or off the Forbes Field fences so disheartened the Pirates that they were beaten before they set foot on the field.
It is interesting to note that watching Maris hit his 61st home run appear to be four members of the 1961 National League Champion Cincinnati Reds, who had already clinched and were waiting to play the Yankees in the Series. Clearly visible in the first two rows directly above Maris are Joey Jay, Darrell Johnson, Jim O'Toole and Johnny Edwards. Jay and O'Toole were to pitch the first two games in New York and are obviously scouting the Yankees with their two catchers, Edwards and Johnson.