...Of particular interest was the aerial night photo of Yankee Stadium. I was always under the impression that baseball diamonds were perfect geometric squares; however, the foul lines in this picture are anything but perpendicular to each other. At that rate the Yankees are winning pennants by hitting foul balls. Also if the bases are 90 feet apart, Yogi Berra has a short throw to second base. No wonder nobody can steal second base on him in "his park." Then too those "fleet" Yankee base runners should have an easy time of it beating out slow rollers to third base because of the long throw to first base.
F. O. BURMASTER
?Geometric squares they are as this diagram shows. Photographer Peskin explains that the distortion is the result of the oblique angle from which the picture was taken.—ED.
WAIT TILL I'M 81
...That diagram of Dr. Cureton's about the diver's stance (SI, August 30), arms outstretched, etc., indicating fitness, intrigued me because on my 71st birthday (July 17, 1954) by way of showing off before 8 sons, daughters, 12 granddaughters, grandsons (one grandson 21-year-old Stanford soph after 3 years in regular Army) I too stood with "arms outstretched" and did 8 or 10 back flips off a springboard.
I do this every summer, because they say your legs are the first to go, if you've been an athlete. I don't intend that any indication of advancing years shall overtake me unawares. At the Tribune employees' picnic last year one of our photographers ( Lonnie Wilson) shot enclosed photos of me performing.
I can do much better than depicted in these photos. Lonnie was going to have me do it over with his sequence camera then decided it is funnier in bad form for an old guy as we have it.
Now for all I know, every other former athlete can do back flips at 71, but the boys in our sports department don't know any, so I thought anyhow I'd submit the story to you are not interested, we'll wait till I'm 81 and try you again...
?Back-flipper Jim Abbe spent 71 physically active years as roving photographer ( Hitler, the Spanish War, Russia) and radio commentator in 11 Western states before tapering off as radio-TV columnist for the Oakland Tribune.—ED.
In re: your Sports Court box about the Missouri fisherman's wife, your readers might be interested in this report from an old Milwaukee newspaper.
"Judge Wm. F. Shaughnessy, Milwaukee Circuit Judge, denied divorces to two 'fishing widows' who cited their husbands' frequent fishing trips as cause for divorce.
"Said the Learned Judge, 'Fishing is a wholesome recreation which husbands are entitled to enjoy. A wife who objects to her husband fishing is unreasonable and over exacting.' "