I am writing to you in the hope that some of your readers may be able to supply this data.
GRACE M. MAYER
Curator of Prints
Museum of the City of New York
I read your article on today's baseball players being sissies (SI, Sept. 6). I think some of these old-timers are all wet, Mr. Clarke says there is none like Hans Wagner, but Stan Musial plays the outfield, first base, and occasionally takes the mound, and he hits pretty good, too. Jackie Robinson is another. He has played every infield position and outfield, he has led the league in hitting and stolen bases.
Why should a team today play with 15 players when they can get 25 major leaguers? Why have four good pitchers when you can have 10? Why should a pitcher pitch every day and double-headers when there is someone else on the team just as good waiting to take his turn?...
How many old-timers made as many comebacks as Ted Williams?... Al Rosen played almost two weeks with a broken finger. Roy Campanella is playing with an almost dead left hand.
Today's ballplayers are well educated, gentlemanly businessmen as well as superbly conditioned athletes. They don't have to hate the other team to go all out to win.
SCHARY'S SHINING FILES
Over the years, first as a pro athlete and then as a sports writer, I have noted the successful business and professional man's envy of ballplayers, golfers, football players and tennis stars.
A case in point is Dore Schary, who would rather play third base for the Yanks than be known as the head of the world's largest motion picture studio.
So I was not surprised when this No. 1 Yankee fan came up with the enclosed verse...
Culver City, Calif.
YANKEES ARE MY TEAM
by DORE SCHARY
My team is the Yankees?
I've owned them since 1919 when I first saw them play?
And I've owned them since?
And they're not for sale?
The price is too high?
Who can pay for the day Ruth hit number sixty?
Or the day Lou Gehrig said goodbye?
Or the day Henrich hit THAT homer?
And the day DiMaggio destroyed Boston?
What's the price tag on memories that include Jumping Joe or "Poosh-em-up Tony."
Or Joe Page, Bill Dickey and Scooter Rizzuto
Earl Coombs, Bob Meusel and Lefty Gomez?
Who wants to sell Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock and Charlie Ruffing?
Would you sell a Mickey Mantle prime in his youth?
Or a Billy Martin powdered with hits in his springtime years?
Do you cut loose Miller Huggins
Or Casey Stengel
Or Joe McCarthy?
And further?I've got a lot invested I can never get back?
The sweating out of a long winning streak
And the awful agony of a long losing spell?
How about when Yogi almost lost that no-hitter for Reynolds?
Or when he saved it on the next pitch?
How about those two last games in Boston in '49?
Who pays for those heartbeats?
No?I've got a fortune in these fellas?
And I've made a fortune from them?a fortune in memories?
All stacked away in shining files of thrills, affection and inspiration.
The Yanks are my team.
They're not for sale.