When I was a youngster, 30 years ago, we didn't play "Ringer," but rather "Bunny in the Hole."
Since what we called "glassies" cost 5� apiece, I used the clay mibs which I could get 12 for a penny.
Remembering this, I began 10 years ago picking up glass marbles I found on the street on my five-minute walk to work. I have just given my total gleanings to my 9-year-old son. Altogether, in following the same short route for seven years, I picked up 746 glassies the kids had lost while standing on opposite sidewalks and pegging them at each other.
As a lad, I would have worked hours for just five of those jewels, and treasured them more highly than my frog, broken-bladed knife, model biplane, or picture of Lindbergh. I wish I were young enough to take those 746 and try to build them into 1,000 in neighborhood competition.
H. S. RIBBY
TRACK WITHOUT WHISKERS
Being a high school trackman myself, I read your EVENTS & DISCOVERIES column on track's beardless record breakers (SI, June 20) with interest. Since the Melbourne Olympiad is almost a full year and a half away, these young phenoms have ample time to ready themselves for astonishing performances down under.
In the May 23 issue of SI I came across the article on Sam Jones's no-hitter. According to your magazine this was the 93rd no-hitter since 1900. This didn't sound correct to me so I looked it up in the Baseball Almanac, and sure enough it had 96 no-hitters listed. Jones's made it 97. I believe that a correction of your error is due for the many baseball fans who read your magazine.
?SI's baseball statistician ignored five no-hitters pitched in the Federal League in 1914 and 1915 because the Federal League was not recognized as a major league. He also included a no-hitter pitched in 1900.—ED.
EXERCISE FOR DODOES
You are undoubtedly right in saying (SI, June 20) that the British pay little attention to American criticism of cricket. In fact, they must be somewhat amused by it. Our own national sport is baseball. Baseball is well constructed for watching. For sand-lot use it also has the advantage of requiring little equipment. But as exercise, it is strictly for the dodoes.
The physiologist who checked the energy consumption in cricket ought to check baseball. An outfielder ambles back and forth to his position, accepts three or four chances, and stands several times in a threatening attitude at the plate. Exercise?
People who want exercise along with their recreation will swim or play soccer or tennis.
EDWARD L. GORDY