I understand the Honorable James Condon, Democrat of South Boston, is trying to pass a bill which would prohibit cash-paying baseball fans a right they have enjoyed since baseball began, the right to razz a ballplayer.
To get to the heart of the matter, Ted Williams has as much a right to spit at sportswriters, fans or what have you as the fans have the right to razz the great Williams....
It was good to see you print some of the "bush" remarks of "big league" sportswriters....
Some of those fans along that left field line and some of the sportswriters in the press box up in Fenway Park should have their mouths washed out with arsenic....
JAMES T. SMITH JR.
Many Boston sportswriters often claim the pro-Williams letters are meaningless, being from East Nothing, N.H., unsigned, etc. Considering the job the writers try to do on Williams, some of his supporters may be afraid to state their names and whereabouts, fearing that such information might result in most unpleasant publicity from these gentlemen of the press.
P. A. MACPHERSON
I humbly admit to being one of those California nonentities that Frank Lane referred to in a recent interview (Cardinal Fans Put Lane on the Spot, SI, Aug. 13) and should probably therefore confine my remarks to minor league activities such as the Los Angeles ball team. With apologies to Mr. Lane. I feel compelled to protest the harassment levied on Ted Williams by the fans and sports writers of Boston.
I say that Boston should give thanks for being fortunate enough to have the great Ted on their team and should stop being sorry for themselves because he doesn't personally thank each one for being so gracious as to come to Fenway Park.
?All spitting aside, Ted Williams is to be congratulated on a remarkably thoughtful and loyal following. The 100-plus letters from all parts of the country received by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on Williams' act of defiance unanimously support the slugger.—ED.
HOLLAND'S MASTER THESIS
There is no other description of Gerald Holland's amusing thesis (Anniversary Issue), The Age of Sport, than "great."
BRUCE B. BREWER JR.
Kansas City, Kansas
Branch Rickey Buckmeister Jr.'s thesis on the Age of Sport was wonderful. He no doubt received an A and his M.S.S. degree.