For as long as I
can remember the record of the Athletics was so pathetic that most fans hoped
for a divorcement of the baseball club and the Mack family; and when that did
not develop and the franchise was moved to Kansas City, just about the only
people who were interested and deplored the situation were the sportswriters
and sportscasters, who can no longer spend almost all the summer at Shibe
C. ARTHUR BARTH
PIONEERS OF THE
Please permit me to call to your attention a rather gross error in the article
Yale Churns on at the Waterworks by Alfred Wright (SI, Jan. 23).
Mr. Wright states
that the American crawl stroke with six beats was developed by Duke Kahanamoku
and Johnny Weissmuller. The Duke's era was 1912 and Weissmuller's several years
According to Matt
Mann's book of swimming, the American Red Cross book of swimming and the
, as well as Bob Kiphuth himself, it was I who developed
the six-beat crawl stroke as used today, in 1905, some seven years earlier than
Kahanamoku and 14 years before Weissmuller.
This letter is in
no way a criticism of SI which I read each week with great interest and
CHARLES M. DANIELS
? SI did not mean
to credit Johnny Weissmuller and Duke Kahanamoku with the "development"
of the modern crawl stroke. When Wright said "...swimming had come a long
piece since the Duke and Weissmuller speeded up the old Australian crawl by
kicking six to the arm beat," he had no intention of slighting Mr. Daniels,
whom Bob Kiphuth calls "one of the first great American sprinters to use
the six-beat crawl."—ED.