?General Jackson's stables made up the west wing of the White House (see low building in left side of contemporary engraving above).—ED.
A POINT OF HONOR
I read with interest John Durant's YESTERDAY about General Jackson as a horseman. I wish to take exception to one point—that is, the duel with Charles Dickinson. This duel was fought in Kentucky because of remarks Mr. Dickinson had made regarding General Jackson's wife Rachel, alleging that their first marriage had been an improper one and that she lived for a time with him out of wedlock. I am sure that Mr. Marquis James, whom Mr. Durant quotes at frequent intervals, would have verified this. I would suspect that Mr. Durant could offer no evidence that General Jackson fought a duel over a horse race, although I have not the slightest doubt that he would have done so had he been provoked.
J. B. HOLLOWAY, M.D.
?The dispute over the purse forfeited when Ploughboy (owned by Mr. Dickinson's father-in-law) failed to meet General Jackson's Truxton greatly increased the bitterness which already existed between the two men. One of Jackson's friends insinuated that Mr. Dickinson and Captain Erwin, his father-in-law, were allegedly dishonorable in settling their forfeit. This matter, added to Dickinson's previous insinuations against Jackson's wife, led to such heated exchange of letters, editorials and "lyes" that both men finally were forced into a duel.—ED.
THOSE CINCY FANS
What is all this bunk about too many Cincinnati ballplayers appearing in the All-Star Game? All I have heard lately is that the Cincinnati fans were unfair because they cast too many ballots for Redleg ballplayers. This is unfair? Phooey! Hats off to the Cincinnati fans. It's too bad that all fans are not as enthusiastic as the Cincy fans. Why should plans be made for amending the All-Star selection process next year just because the Cincinnati fans support their players?
There should have been six Cincinnati starters in the All-Star Game. Ted Kluszewski, the best first baseman in baseball, was robbed! The Cincinnati fans deserve a pennant and the Redlegs will win it this year.
Our local newspaper has a slogan, "Solid Cincinnati reads the Enquirer." The same goes for our Reds. Solid Cincinnati supports the Redlegs!
DAN L. BERGER
The story of the Cincinnati Redlegs could not have been told better (SI, July 16). Klu, Bell, Bailey, Post, Robinson, Temple and McMillan are really amazing when they get together.
Birdie Tebbetts is worrying about the Braves pitching staff. He should worry about that? The only thing he should worry about is Brooklyn. The Braves won't last long. I think the Redlegs are gonna do it this year, and possibly the next.
The Cincinnati Redlegs have finally done it!
INGRAM D. MARSHALL
Mount Kisco, N.Y.
THEM AND THEIR PARKS
Must SPORTS ILLUSTRATED continue to build up the Cincinnati home run myth as in your July 16 issue (Power Power Power!)! Really now, after half the season the Red-legs are still less than halfway to the '47 Giants' record of 221 homers, and Klu & Co., like the badly overplayed Mantle, still must face the September stretch. Look at the puny parks they play in—their own, Ebbets Field, Polo Grounds, Wrigley Field. The Redlegs may win the NL pennant, if Nuxhall gets going and Lawrence can finish a game, but not until then, their "hairy-backed sluggers" notwithstanding. Klu may have hit more homers the past years than, among others, Williams or Musial but who would really have him over those two, again among others, truly great batsmen? Not I.