In the photograph of Gene Conley as a Milwaukee Braves pitcher, who is the batter? I have a bet going with my cleaning lady. She says it's Junior Gilliam of the Dodgers. I think it's Ernie Banks of the Cubs. Who's right? Stakes are high. If she wins, I clean the house next week. If I win, she starts doing windows!
ROY BROWN HALE
?Put away your mop, but forget about the windows, too. According to the Sept. 17, 1956 issue of LIFE, in which the picture first appeared, the batter is Sandy Amoros of the Dodgers.—ED.
In his preview of the North American Soccer League season (Not Settling for Hamburger, March 26), J. D. Reed said that the Cosmos would once again be the champions. He then stated that the rest of the teams would have to catch up to the Cosmos and their multimillion-dollar payroll.
The Vancouver Whitecaps, whose 24-6 record was identical to the Cosmos' last season, had no superstars except for Kevin Hector. And none of the players had million-dollar contracts. Yet Bob Lenarduzzi was named North American Player of the Year!
Reed also mentioned that the Whitecaps had a majority of British players, as if that were a sin. Look at the Cosmos. They have many foreign players on their roster.
The 'Caps have signed their first genuine world-class superstar, Willie Johnston, and now they will go all the way!
Vancouver, British Columbia
It is obvious that the Cosmos look awesome. But may I remind you that in last year's playoffs the Cosmos lost a game to the Minnesota Kicks 9-2.
I have seen the Cosmos play on a couple of occasions and am an avid follower of NASL soccer. However, I believe that your preview was highly one-sided and that it did not even mention some of the quality players around the league.
Why were the Memphis Rogues so downgraded in J. D. Reed's NASL preview? Reed must still be sore about the 1-0 defeat the Cosmos suffered at the hands (or should I say feet?) of the Rogues last season. A fluke victory? No way! Our Rogues are fabulous!
Your remarks about the Rochester Lancers were uncalled for. If you would stop looking at the Lancers as a thorn in the league's side, you might find out how good a team Rochester has.
JOHN W. REIS