For the past month or so, a newly arrived tourist would have thought that half of the people in San Francisco were deaf and forced to the use of hearing aids. The sale of pocket-size transistor radios was terrific, as no well-dressed San Franciscan would be without his radio when the team was playing either at home or on the road, and he carried his electronic aid to the opera or opening night of a stage show. Well, as they used to say in Flat-bush, "Wait till next year." A sign at the 49ers-Eagles football game on Sunday read, "The Giants were too young and the 49ers are too old."
FRANK J. MILLER
As a heartbroken Giant fan, I must thank you for your September 28 issue. Your humorous and accurate articles on the National League pennant and World Series have injected a few laughs and fond memories into my otherwise sad and gloomy fall.
JEANNE E. DICKSON
BASEBALL: THE ADMIRAL AND THE MAYOR
As a sort of semipro scribbler myself, I must say that Gerald Holland did a swell job of spinning a coherent and readable yarn out of incidents that were related only by the fact that they involved one guy, with a hell of a big assist from his granddaughter and his pen pal, Morgan (Viva the Admiral, Fan�tico Grande!, SI, Sept. 7).
I sent the copy of the magazine to the mayor of San Juan, Do�a Felisa, with the following written on the picture of her pitching the first ball:
"The caption is a classic example of inaccurate reporting! You heaved a perfect, letter-high strike. The only reason I had to jump was because I crouched down too low."
D. V. GALLERY
Rear Admiral, USN
San Juan, P.R.
FOOTBALL: THE BIG BIG TEN
Thank heaven the Oklahoma football myth has finally been exploded and exposed.
A lot of discerning football fans hope Northwestern's convincing, no, ultra-convincing victory (FOOTBALL'S 2ND WEEK, Oct. 5) will be an enduring lesson to those preseason prognosticators who annually take the easy way out and select Oklahoma as the top team, and to those sports-writers and pollsters who vote Oklahoma as the top team in the country on the basis of their wins against Big Eight-type competition.
This premise will be further borne out in the remainder of the season when Oklahoma again runs rampant against their remaining opponents while Northwestern proves to be only an above-average team in the Big Ten.
DICK DE GUNTHER
FOOTBALL: COLOR OF THE WEEK
What a great pleasure to see the beautiful color photo of the Navy-Boston College football game (SI, Sept. 28). It is, without reserve, one of the finest color football photos I have ever seen, and congratulations are most certainly in order to you and to your staff.
EDWARD G. HUDOCK
FOOTBALL: HERS AND MAYBE HIS
We spent two hours reading your 1959 Football Issue (SI, Sept. 21) and picked 18 out of 20 winners to win the Lapeer county Press football contest (see below). We missed one game by two points, and there was one tie.