It is my hope that in the future the Tennessee coach will be more sure whereof he speaks before popping off on a national scale.
GEORGE P. HASKELL
?We never heard of Latham Tech or Antietam, but Clarence must be real.—ED.
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
I nominate for Sportsman of the Year the individual who decided that Dizzy Dean and his sidekick Blattner would not describe the World Series. For service to humanity, and to all sportsmen!
Lieut. Colonel, USAF
BASKETBALL: EXACT MEASUREMENT
ALTHOUGH WILT CHAMBERLAIN MAY HAVE SEEMED 10 FEET TALL TO THE NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS IN THEIR OPENER (Here. Comes the Big Fellow At Last, SI, OCT. 26), HE WAS OFFICIALLY MEASURED ON SEPT. 26 AT HERSHEY TRAINING CAMP AND STANDS SEVEN FEET 1 1/16 INCHES TALL.
BASEBALL: THE GREAT AND GREATER
As a sentimental White Sox fan for the last five or six years, I had expected it to be a long, cold winter, but I didn't expect the freeze to set in so soon. When you relegated Nellie Pox to second best after Charlie Neal, it was too much (New Sights and Sounds, SI, Oct. 19).
I don't intend to take anything away from Charlie Neal, because he truly played a magnificent game in the World Series most of the time. His power hitting was outstanding, and he played very well on defense, but he did commit two errors which at the time were extremely costly. Let's say that very few people expected Neal to play as outstandingly as he did.
On the other hand, everyone expected great things of Nellie Fox during the Series, and he didn't disappoint a soul. He always seemed to be on base when a hit was needed, but unfortunately his teammates couldn't come through with a hit at the right time. Also, unless my memory fails me, Fox played flawless ball in the field, not making an error.
To make my point, I'll bet that if two baseball experts were allowed to choose up sides, with the Dodgers and White Sox to choose from, the expert having the first choice would pick Nellie Fox and then worry about the rest of the team later. There is no question that Neal was great; but to me Fox was greater.
A PROBLEM FOR THE READERS
A problem has arisen in the distribution of the prizes from a World Series pool, and I wondered if you might help in the decision. Seventeen shareholders contributed $3.50 each and drew either the Dodgers or Chicago in the first eight innings. One man had both teams in the first of the ninth. The holder of the inning having the most runs each game was to receive $5, second high $3, and 50� from each game was to go into an aggregate fund together with the undistributed sum of any unplayed games. The first aggregate winner was to receive 5/8 of the money and the second highest aggregate 3/8. Ties for first divided first and second money. Ties for second split the second-highest prize.
Our dispute arose from the fifth game, when only one run was scored. The holder of this inning was entitled to the first prize of $5. How to distribute second money caused the trouble.