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. He was a dirty-looking and a dirty player. He made some remark to Speaker, who turned toward him as he went to center field, and that was the greatest fight I ever saw on a ball field. When they took Speaker off, Gandil's face was covered with dirt where Speaker had rubbed it on the ground. His shirt was torn off his back. The thing that was noticeable was that hardly a White Sox player came off the bench. It seems as though Speaker knew what had happened the year before.
ROY J. CONLEY
I take exception to your article on the Pan American Games in the September 14th issue.
To someone not present during the games the article would convey an unsuccessful venture. As in any large-scale undertaking, there are always slip-ups and confusion.
Unfortunately, the opening-day ceremonies were held on a weekday afternoon when many were unable to attend because it was a business day. Closing ceremonies were held on Labor Day and thus the attendance was much greater.
The water polo and swimming events were well attended during nonworking days. The final water polo game found a long line of people waiting to be admitted at noon. The game wasn't due to start until 1:30.
Incidentally, to say that "even U.S. water poloists managed to dethrone the two-time champions from the Argentine" hardly conveys the true picture. It was a hard-fought tournament by first-class teams.
The U.S. team was made up mainly of players from the Illinois Athletic Club, a number of whom had played in the '56. Olympics and had been coached by Sam Greller.
Baseball doesn't need publicity; the minor sports do, and it is unfortunate to pass over a team that did a good job and won the gold medal.
The whole article was hardly respectful or encouraging to our guests, who did give us real competition in a number of events and in some cases brilliant performances, such as in men's diving, where Mexico took first and third places.
The purpose of the games is to help create good international relationships. Your manner of reporting didn't aid this cause, in my opinion.
MARJORIE F. CONNOR