BASEBALL: HOW WELL I REMEMBER
As one who occupied a press-box seat throughout that 1919 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox and one who is familiar with events that followed, may I correct Roy J. Conley of Raleigh, N.C. (19TH HOLE, Oct. 5).
The third paragraph of Mr. Conley's letter states:
"In 1920 Speaker and Gandil had a fight at first base, and if ever a man got what was coming to him it was Gandil...."
I regret to advise Mr. Conley that he did not witness such a fistic encounter, Speaker vs. Gandil in 1920.
Chick Gandil did not play with the Chicago White Sox in 1920.
After that 1919 World Series, Gandil took it on the lam, so to speak, bowing out of baseball for a secluded spot in the distant West.
John Collins, in 117 games, and Ted Jourdan, in 46 games, were the first basemen for the Chicago White Sox in 1920.
SID C. KEENER
Director, National Baseball
Hall of Fame
BASEBALL: OPEN SEASON
I wonder if the Yankee or Yankees who did most "to destroy the myth of Yankee invincibility" might be included in Mr. Kochivar's Venomous Venison Venture for the Detroit Tigers (EVENTS & DISCOVERIES, SI, Oct. 5). It seems to me that anyone who watched the Yankees play must admit they themselves were a contributing, if not a deciding factor, in the '59 debacle.
However, as a long loyal Yankee-phile, may I further suggest (if a Yankee or Yankees were chosen) that to the nonresident Montana game limit which now reads one elk, one deer, one mountain goat and one grizzly or one brown bear, there be added one Kochivar. One Albert Kochivar.
BASEBALL: WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR
Two good marks and a huzzah for the fine story turned in by your two Marks, Harris and Simont—Love Affair in San Francisco (SI, Sept. 28). Harris certainly caught the pitch of the spirit that pervaded the Bay area up until the black weekend when Mr. K. from Moscow and the Dodgers from L.A. arrived in this great city. It is rumored that what few cheers Mr. K. received when he passed through the streets, were developed by the use of a sign (out of camera range) flashed by someone in his entourage, which read "We'll Win It on the Road." The Cubs blew this hope sky-high.