Many fond memories were recalled to my mind when I read Franz Lidz's article on Wiffle Ball. Our version, played in the '50s, consisted of hitting between two three-story tenements in Brockton, Mass. The pitcher and the batter were a mere 30 feet apart, which meant that the fastball was one of our best pitches. Many games were interrupted while we retrieved a four-bagger from the roof, and our mothers were kept busy patching up legs and arms damaged in reckless dives for ground balls. Although Lidz's Herman Wiffle Ball sounds like fun, we city players would have dominated his team in a seven-game series.
To add to your March 22 SCORECARD item concerning the University of Kentucky's reluctance to take on intrastate rival Louisville, it appears that the Cardinals aren't the only ones to experience Kentucky's so-called "failure of competitive spirit." Kentucky is being dropped from Notre Dame's schedule after next season because Kentucky refuses to play Notre Dame under a home-and-home arrangement—that is, with games played alternately in Lexington and South Bend.
As many people are aware, Kentucky has enjoyed the luxury of a 10-year agreement whereby all basketball games between the Wildcats and the Irish have taken place in Kentucky. That contract has expired, and after next season, when the teams are scheduled to play in South Bend under the terms of a current two-year agreement, Kentucky has made it clear that it is unwilling to continue to meet Notre Dame under a home-and-home arrangement, which would be much fairer to both teams.
DANIEL R. SCHWEERS
I agree wholeheartedly with your SCORE-CARD item. It's about time the Wildcats stopped avoiding the Cardinals. Just think how much money a Kentucky- Louisville game could put in both teams' coffers.
Kentucky's failure to play Louisville is, in my opinion, being blown out of proportion, as the game itself would be if it were played. UK's loss to Middle Tennessee was also blown out of proportion. To say "Hall and his Wildcats don't have much to be proud of is totally unfair, especially to the young men who play for Kentucky. Why should they be ashamed of a 22-8 season, when anyone else would be very proud of it?
Why should Kentucky have to play Louisville? It's sad when politics comes into sports. If Kentucky is forced to play Louisville, then it should also be forced to play Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Morehead State and perhaps even Bellarmine, Centre College and the Kentucky School for the Blind. If this sounds absurd to you, then you'll know how absurd your editorial sounded to me.
STEVE L. FAHRINGER