REPORTS AND CONVICTIONS
I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed your scouting reports on the Dodgers and the Yankees in your World Series preview issue. As I watched the games on television I referred to the scouting report on each hitter as he came up to bat. The reports were uncanny: in almost every case, when the pitcher put the ball where you said the batter didn't like it, the pitcher got his man. When the pitcher put the ball where you said the batter did like it, the pitcher was generally in trouble; even if the batter was out, he usually hit the ball solidly.
JOHN T. ROBINSON
Congratulations on your fine World Series issue which contained the best coverage of the coming Series I have ever read. Casey in the Stretch by your Gerald Holland was one of the finest insights into the brains of the champion New York Yankees ever written.
Perhaps I am an incurable baseball bug, but I think your October 1 World Series issue was absolutely the finest and most informative piece of information on the national pastime I have ever read.
The Footloose in the National League article was positively marvelous, and I am not one addicted to throwing bouquets at other writers. Gerald Holland's Casey in the Stretch was out of this world.
JOHN J. FINNEGAN
As a loyal Yankee fan I enjoyed reading about Casey Stengel, the most valuable part of the great Yankee organization, but you couldn't possibly have been serious in your article, Series Critique. I don't know how you could have picked all three teams in the heated and tiring National League pennant race to defeat the Yankees in the World Series. The Yankees are a World Series club, and incentively rise to the occasion around October 1.
You may have outstanding sluggers on the Redlegs, great pitchers on the Braves, ageless veterans on the Dodgers, but not one of the three has the balance and team play displayed by the New York Yankees during the 1956 season.
In your article you present the facts in a pretty picture, and you can't beat the facts; but, for that matter, you can't beat the Yankees, the epitome of teamwork in professional baseball.
...You did a brilliant job of previewing the Series, but your pick of any of the National League contenders over the Yankees was absurd.
...Your best prognostication was the illustration by Marc Simont. At the end of the show it'll be Julius Stengel again chanting, "Veni, vidi, vici."
JOSEPH H. FIRMAN