EVERY DAY IS
If there is another George Weller, let me have him! His Baseball the Roman Way
was the most chuckling article I ever read—more of him, please.
My doctor's wife
and I adore baseball. I called her to see if she had the June 25 issue. She
screamed and said she was never without SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
MRS. FRANK R. CAUSEY
THE ST. LOUIS
Although the Supreme Court has twice ruled that baseball is not a business, we
live in an era when Boston is Milwaukee, Philadelphia is Kansas City and, upon
24-hour notice, the captain of the St. Louis Cardinals is a Giant and the
captain of the Giants is a Cardinal.
But as Red
Schoendienst said, " New York money is as good as St. Louis money," a
dictum which concurs with the much-publicized dissenting opinion of "Mr.
Justice" Frank Lane who insists daily that baseball is nothing if not a
As a monumental
struggle between the hometown heroes and the pin-striped visiting villians,
baseball is worth arguing over and paying for. As a purely mechanical sport in
which participants choose sides, nine against nine, it is something else.
In an era of mass
trading, city swapping and dropping the pilot, the illusion is fast
disappearing. The Lanes, Veecks et al. may be great shakes in a proxy fight,
but they are doing little good for baseball. As a Cardinal fan (with no
financial entanglement) I am now left to ponder my attitude if the St. Louis
Giants win the pennant.
seventh-place Cardinals were at least the lineal, if not the statistical, heirs
of the Gashouse Gang, But what is a Cardinal fan when you don't know what is a
I WISH HER
Joanne Bratton's story of her champion husband's downfall was very moving (SI,
July 9). I saw Johnny fight twice and if he had had the good fortune of being
handled right, Johnny would have been a great champion in his class. I guess
Mrs. Bratton is right in saying that he lacked maturity, both as a fighter and
man. Mrs. Bratton is a brave woman, all my best wishes are with her when she
says: "We have our adorable son and each other, and I think these things
alone are worth all of the wasted years Johnny spent in the fight ring."
Does SPORTS ILLUSTRATED have a picture of Ricky?
B. L. ROBERTS
The equestrian events of the Olympic Games at Stockholm did not include the
modern pentathlon, which I believe contains an equestrian event of 5,000 meters
of cross-country riding. Did they have the cross-country riding of the
three-day event in Stockholm and defer the rest for Australia? Or are the
riders going to compete on strange horses?
Las Vegas, Nev.
quarantine regulations forbid the import of horses. The complete pentathlon
will be run in Melbourne, using Australian horses.—ED.