FROM BEAUMONT HIGH
The appointment of St. Louisan Bobby Mattick as the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays (FOR THE RECORD, Oct. 29) brings to two the number of Beaumont High School alumni now managing in the major leagues. Earl Weaver of the Baltimore Orioles, recently named 1979 Manager of the Year, is the other alumnus of that northside St. Louis high school.
While Weaver never played major league baseball, Mattick was with the Cubs and Reds for five years and is the 12th player with big league experience to have graduated from the athletic fields of Beaumont. Righthander Roy Branch, called up in September by the Seattle Mariners, is the latest. Other former big leaguers with a Beaumont background are Buddy Blattner, Chuck Diering, Jack Maguire, Bobby Hofman, Jim Goodwin, Roy Sievers, Bob Wiesler, Lloyd Merritt, Lee Thomas and Bob Miller.
Is there any other high school in the country that has had so many of its graduates reach the major leagues? Maybe the location of the school has something to do with this. From the 1890s until June 1, 1920 it was the site of the home park of the St. Louis Nationals (named the Cardinals in 1899), and during this time it was named Robison Field and then League Park. In 1920 the Cardinals were granted permission to move to nearby Sportsman's Park as tenants of the landlord Browns. The old wooden stands were torn down and Club President Sam Breadon sold the plot to the local board of education. Beaumont High was erected in 1925, its first class entering in February 1926.
GEORGE F. WALDEN
Ps, Qs AND AUSTRALIANS
Poor Jamie Quirk! No sooner did SI crown him the leading career home-run hitter with a surname beginning with the letter Q (BASEBALL, Oct. 8), than a campaign was orchestrated to strip him of that honor.
First, someone attempted to substitute Jack Quinn, who, as a perspicacious reader noted in a letter in your Nov. 5 issue, isn't even a genuine "Q," having been born John Quinn Picus. Then in that same Nov. 5 issue another anti-Quirkian boldly proposed Joseph J. (Joe) Quinn. a slugger who hit 30 homers in 17 seasons.
Further research reveals, however, that this interloper was born in Sydney, Australia!
Rest easy, Jamie. You still hold the record for most homers by an American-born player whose real name begins with Q.