SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
I'm sorry to say that I am disappointed in you. Your CONVERSATION PIECE on Ted Williams was not all that I expected it to be. I learned nothing new about Ted except about his boyhood, although I think this is the first time that I have read Ted's own words.
SPECTACLE: The Heat Is On (SI, Aug. 1), with five pages of pictures, was excellent. I know I'm quite late for a Happy Knoll guest card, but maybe, perhaps....
DEATH TO TV
It was great! These are the only words I can use for your story Civil War in Virginia
(SI, Aug. 1). You are indeed to be congratulated.
I'm going to stick with Mr. Lawrence. Death to televised baseball is the only thing that can save the minor leagues.
ROBERT FAILING, JR.
St. Johnsville, N.Y.
THERE HE GOES
Your picture and caption (SI, Aug. 1) showing the owner of the Portsmouth, Va. baseball club muttering darkly as a precious ball goes into the stands to be lost to the club reminds me of a story the late Gabby Street liked to relate.
Gabby, on his way up in the game, was signed by a small club in Alabama. The Old Sarge was to report to the club's owner, who also served as manager of the team. Going out to the park in the morning, Gabby inquired of the grounds keeper where he might find the owner and how he would know him when he did.
"Well, son," replied the grounds keeper, "you just hang around till game time and when you see a foul ball go into the stands and a fellow leave the field to fight with the customers over it—that will be the man you're looking for."
THOMAS R. ROONEY
CLASS D, TOO, IS BASEBALL
I want to say that I am in full accord with Mr. Frank Lawrence and his complaint that the radio and TV broadcasting of major league baseball games is ruining the minor leagues (SI, Aug. 1). I am frequently in attendance at the McAlester Rockets' home games and it is really a shame that so few people come to see them. Regardless of what people say about Class D baseball, I think that it is taken as seriously as any big league game. Every ball player on the Rockets, a Yankee farm team, is, in my consideration, a hustler, and I really enjoy seeing them play. When I first came here, this town was the home of the Wichita Falls Spudders, in, I believe, the West Texas-New Mexico League, Class B. Soon after I arrived here, the franchise was moved to a town about half the size of Wichita Falls. It's a shame when a town the size of Wichita Falls (pop. 100,000) can't support a baseball team. I, like Mr. Lawrence, say that it is the unlimited radio and TV rights held by the major league teams that are ruining what is, in my estimation, the best entertainment to be found in and around some of the smaller towns all over the country.
A/1C JAMES L. ULLOM
Sheppard Air Force Base
Wichita Falls, Texas
IS THIS ENOUGH?
While the question of Swaps and Nashua is so very hot, is a mile-and-a-quarter race long enough to test the greatness of a thoroughbred?
In my opinion it should have been a mile-and-a-half match race on August 31 to test or prove superiority and stamina.
A. W. SCHMIDT