Birdie Tebbetts has done a wonderful job this year with the material he's had available. If he's cried himself to sleep a few-times it's understandable.
The old saying, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear," certainly applies, and no group of people is more sorry this is true than the people in this general area.
BASEBALL: SHARE THE BLAME
As a good Cincinnati fan, I have been seeking a logical explanation for the misfortunes which have befallen my favorite ball club. But I cannot accept the diagnosis offered by Robert Creamer in which he lays the entire blame on the pitching staff.
On June 1, the Reds barbecued the Cubs 22-2. They were in first place by 2� games and everything looked rosy. The next day they split a double-header with the Cubs. Then the termites got into the bat rack. They went three weeks without scoring over four runs in a game and their average was well under three. That they managed to win enough games to stay in contention during this stretch was due solely to the fact that they got much better pitching than they had any reason to expect.
A check of the records would show that in the 100 or so games played since June 1, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Brooklyn and New York have all scored more runs per game than Birdie's Bombers have.
When you have the eighth-best pitching staff and the fifth-best run production, tragedy is the only possible result. But the hitters pooped out first.
I am a great fan of Mrs. Dorothy Knode. I was sorry that she did not receive any recognition in your magazine when she won in Philadelphia several weeks ago. Since I have never seen a closeup of her, I was sorry that you did not print one.
THOMAS W. FRENCH
? Mrs. Knode, a Californian now living 10 blocks from the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y., is the mother of a 3-year-old daughter and played so convincingly in the just-completed Women's Singles championship that she will probably advance from her current rating of sixth-best woman player to third or fourth.—ED.
The commissioner will frown on this, but, unofficially, I might ask someone to consider the gift of a Norge home freezer to the winner of your Bounce Average (E & D, Aug. 19), the new baseball statistic. The reason might be that "he'd be most in need of cooling off."
A. J. TOBIN
?Final compilation of the Bounce Average of umpires in both leagues will be presented shortly after the close of the regular season.—ED.