HE BLOCKED ME
In SI, Oct. 11, Duane Decker wrote Football for All. In his article he stated that "it gives brittle-boned folk a chance to lug a football without the danger of winding up in a doctor's waiting room" (referring to touch football). I broke my arm last Tuesday playing touch football. A boy blocked me (with his shoulder) and I fell down and broke it. That should prove that touch football is not very safe.
JAY TRAVIS III
SWAP SLIGHTLY USED...
I read your article (SI, Sept. 27) on telescopic sights.
I have in my possession a German scope and case with the following markings on it: Digee Berlin
Luxor 6x 116918 D.R.P. Nr-305004, Hubertus (on case).
I didn't know anything about scopes until I read your article, and as this scope isn't much use to me I was wondering whether some reader would be interested in a swap. I'd be willing to let it go for a Bache or equally good brand of fresh-water spinning reel.
Mark Kauffman's picture of the field of three-year-old pacers heading into the turn in the Little Brown Jug (SI, Oct. 4) is one of the finest action pictures of a harness race that I have seen. It captures the spirit
of this event....
E. G. FRANZ
SHOULD I BE ASKING?
Prayerful boys in Doctor Denton's (SI, Oct. 25) seem to have become a sine qua non of the major leagues.
Since they promise to play as important a role in organized baseball as bat boys and switch hitters, I feel beholden to reveal for future historians of the game the origin of this innovation.
A Brooklyn type?a dead ringer for the Kansas City lad?started the trend during the 1952 World Series. Our local boy, a Dodger fan, needless to say, prayed in the same fervent manner as his Kansas City cousin. To make a strange coincidence even stranger, he knelt on a similar scatter rug, his elbows resting on a bed the identical twin of the one in the Helzberg advertisement. The props were all the same?flannel nighties, a baseball hat for a nightcap, pictures of ballplayers, in this case Dodgers, on the wall.
Even his prayer was identical as to words, printing and typography: "...AND MAYBE I SHOULDN'T BE ASKING BUT...." A little more subtle than the Kansas City kid, our youngster left it up to the readers of the New York Times (Oct. 7, 1952) and the Brooklyn Eagle, where Abraham & Straus published the advertisement, to fill in the ending?defeat for the Yankees and triumph for the Brooklyns.
Our boy's prayers, sad to say, were no more effective than the Kansas City intercession with Providence.