RETIRED TO CROSLEY FIELD
Note:?publication (SI, Nov. 1) of F.P.A.'s lines on Tinker to Evers to Chance prompted the following versified rejoinder from a retired English professor who is an ardent supporter of the Cincinnati Redlegs:
DOUBLE-PLAY THREESOME 1954
Red-stockinged trio that base runners fear,
Temple, McMillan and Klu;
Heading the list in a pace-setting year,
Temple, McMillan and Klu.
When their spectacular relays appear,
Mike salesmen fail to remember their beer?
Frenzied fans spring to their feet as they cheer
Temple, McMillan and Klu.
CLYDE W. PARK
Although admittedly cheating a little, I am rising to the challenge issued in SI's Nov. 1st issue:
McMillan to Temple to Kluszewski,
40 times in one year got out twoski,
No olden-time crew
Ever dared hope to do
So much to so many with so fewski.
HUGH M. BURR
The following, herewith, in response to your challenge in SI's Nov. 1 edition on "Tinker to Evers to Oops":
On that trio of Redlegs
You can risk a shilling,
When it comes to making
The 6-4-3 twin-killing.
What makes Reds' foes
Double too blueski?
Why, McMillan to Temple
To Teddy Kluszewski.
(At least they're from Ohio.)
S. S. FRIEDMAN
In reply to F.P.A.'s legend:
Last year with forty sure-fire double killings,
McMillan to Temple to Kluszewski.
The Redlegs were fifth when the league posted billings,
McMillan and Temple and Kluszewki.
But with the DP the Reds loseki,
So next year they'll make newski?
The double play they are ditching,
And who will be pitching???
McMillan and Temple and Kluszewski.
Taking up the challenge offered in SI's SOUNDTRACK, I herewith offer my contribution:
NEW BASEBALL'S SAD LEXICON
This is the worst of all climaxes:
" Mac to Temple to Klu."
A trio of Reds and surer than taxes
Are Mac and Temple and Klu.
Mechanically stealing those drives with saves;
Hitting homers, too.
They stymied the drive of those wonderful Braves:
Mac and Temple and Klu.
Well, at any rate, I've been wanting a good excuse to write and tell you what an outstanding contribution SI has been making to the world of sport. Orchids on your complete coverage, your fearless stands (article on boxing was simply!!!!), and your beautiful layout. Always proud to see SI in my mailbox. Keep it up!
As a subscriber to your new and interesting magazine, I feel I have the right to criticize an article in SI, Nov. 1, belittling the Tinker to Evers to Chance double-play combination.
As an old baseball fan and a friend of the late Johnny Evers, I wish to point out the impact the lively ball has had on baseball. Managers of today are forced to play an entirely different game than the manager of Chance's time. Back in those days the old dead ball resulted in scores of 1 to 0, 2 to 1, etc. Today, with the lively ball, the scores are more apt to read 10 to 8, 14 to 4, etc. Thus, today's teams have many more opportunities to make double plays....