THE OLD ONE-TWO
Who is this guy Walter Bingham? In his article Baseball's only Big League (July 25) he does nothing but run down the American League unmercifully!
Maybe, just maybe, Bingham might be able to handle the coverage of a Bloomer Girl League.
Walter Bingham hit the nail on the head.
I found it very reassuring to learn from Mr. Bingham that the recent "sweep" of the two-game All-Star series was proof positive that the National League "...can play baseball much better than that other outfit."
You see, I've been a faithful follower of the Athletics for more than two decades, and, frankly, I was on the verge of believing that just because the Yankees often finished 30 or more games ahead of them, the Yankees were the better team. Now I realize this is utter nonsense, since in several of these same seasons the A's, in fact, "swept" two games in a row from the Yankees.
WILLIAM T. CLEM
Comparing the performances of the few players who have been in both leagues does not prove a thing. This is the basic difference between the two leagues: the National League teams sign and develop their own stars, while the American League relies mainly on trades. The results are plain to see.
ROBERT P. RUSSELL
Thanks to Mr. Bingham, we in the Chicago area now know what it is the Cubs are doing in their vine-covered paradise.
Occasionally, a brilliant ray of light falls in the dark corners of fan ignorance, and who are we to deny such illuminating logic? Oh well—goodby Fox, Aparicio and Minoso! Hello Gernert, Hatton and Freeman! Oh boy—real major league baseball at last. I can hardly wait.
You couldn't have picked a better theme for your story (The Kids Are In, July 18). I think one of the reasons that we at Historic Track enjoyed large crowds and such enthusiasm this year is because parents were allowed to bring their youngsters.
PHILIP A. PINES
How many of your readers have pointed out to you the-remarkable resemblance between Yankee Slugger Charlie Keller and Yankee Slugger Babe Ruth? Too bad Keller didn't make the movie instead of William Bendix.
RAYNOR H. ALLEN
•For a comparative screen test of cinema Babes, see above.—ED.
"Bull Hancock, the Kentucky breeder whose stallions include Bold Ruler and Nashua"—The Mysterious Buty Treatment (Aug. 1). It seems to me a breeder named Leslie Combs II purchased Nashua. Right?
New York City
•Right. But Bull Hancock has many other claims to distinction (see page 30).—ED.
I am glad to see that you have taken a definite stand on women in sports (EDITORIALS, July 25).
As a parent and grandparent I feel that girls have not been given a fair deal in competitive sports, in this country. We have the best school system in the world for competitive sports. But this system is all for the boys.
Eventually those holding Victorian ideas will die off, and then we will begin to be proud of our girls in international competition. Fortunately, this is already the case in skiing and in swimming.
RALPH C. CRAIG
Yes, the girls are "on the go-go-go" (Girls on the Go-Go-Go, July 25).
On August 11 and 12 contract bridge history will be made by an intercity challenge match between New York and Los Angeles. Bridge players and sports enthusiasts throughout the country are looking forward to this event, both as a contest and as a scene for expert performance. But the intercity match is as yet incomplete.
What about the ladies? Considering that a majority of the tournament and social bridge players in the United States are women, I believe that a similar match between the women of Los Angeles and New York would be followed with considerable interest throughout the country. Whether or not the match could be presented for public viewing, I strongly suggest that it be arranged.
Los Angeles Open Team
ONE FOR MARIS
What a lousy statement to make about a ballplayer, namely, your comment on Roger Maris going 0 for 6 in the All-Star Game (19TH HOLE, July 25).
How do you feel now that he has hit four home runs in the seven games after the All-Star Games?
•Great! Just as we felt a little earlier (Double M for Murder, July 4) when we reported Maris and Mantle had put the Yankees back on the road. But that doesn't change the fact that he went 0 for 6 in the All-Stars.—ED.
WINGS TO PARADISE
As an airline whose major destination is Tahiti we were very dismayed that your articles mentioned only the foreign air carrier serving Tahiti (The Enchanted Suburbs of Tahiti, July 11).
Although South Pacific Air Lines is the newest U.S. air carrier and the smallest of all international air carriers, we are, we feel, worthy of mention as the only U.S. carrier serving Tahiti.
J. D. FESSIO
D FOR REPUBLICAN
I would hasten to inform you of your poor caption for John Kennedy's picture (D for Democrat, July 25).
While Kennedy himself is certainly a Democrat, the majority of graduates from Dexter are staunch Republicans.
RICHARD M. DRURY
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
•Kennedy's Republican senatorial colleague Leverett Saltonstall for one.—ED.
THE BARBER SWING
Having seen his reluctance to doff his hat after winning the Tournament of Champions, your story had all the impishness of the Jerry Barber I imagine (A Barber with a Razor Edge, July 25).
Is there any chance of our seeing a series of photographic stills showing his swing?
New York City
•Have a look (above).—ED.
THREE FACES OF RUTH: THE BABE, YANKEE KELLER, THE BABE AND ACTOR BENDIX
SEQUENCE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW MECHANICS OF BARBER'S SUCCESSFUL SWING