About the only
improvement one could offer is Bill Klem's stock rejoinder to any and all
complaints—I've never made a wrong call. The utter simplicity of Mr. Klem's
logic is often overlooked by persons who assume hastily that it is merely an
arrogant statement of a rather pugnacious man. Only a real baseball aficionado
can appreciate the Tightness of his statement; I think Mr. Stratton's piece
amply demonstrates it....
C. EVERETT CHILTON
?And then there
was the time when John McGraw, having just been thrown out of the game by Klem,
yelled: "I'll have your job for this!" Klem answered: "If it's
possible for you to take my job, then I don't want it."—ED.
Paul Richards' engrossing narration to Roy Terrell on the fortunes of the
Baltimore Orioles and his principles regarding trading and the handling of
personnel (SI, Aug. 6) is as logical an explanation of winning baseball as I
have encountered. I only wish that you would forward a carefully delineated
copy of the aforementioned to the officers of the Detroit Baseball Company.
Better yet, send the Wizard of Waxahachie himself.
unique story is just another in a long line of controversial articles that your
magazine has published. This courageous gesture should endear you to many
professional arbiters. It should also help the average fan who longs to know
more of the inside of the game of baseball, and, if digested intelligently,
make a better fan of him.
More articles of
this nature and published views of officials and players of the game would tend
to put your magazine on an even higher plane of profound sports reporting. Your
reporters' various styles are fine, but their material is usually something
less than new, like a review. But material like this, plus others such as the
Bratton and Roe stories laced into the entire pattern, produces a magazine
embracing the entire field of athletics, competitive and otherwise. I am sure
this is the ultimate you are striving to attain, and I assure you that you are
R. JOSEPH HEAGANY