Congratulations to Joe Jares for an outstanding article about our weird Twins. (Poor Sam—What a Weird Week, May 1). I can't remember reading a wittier or more interesting article in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
A great article! I laughed and cried. This would be a good article for any Little League player to read—or for anyone else who is interested in playing good baseball. I just hope the Twins' bad luck has run out and that good luck will follow for the rest of the season.
Your mention of Walter Johnson in an article on the Minnesota Twins was hardly appropriate. As everyone well knows, when Calvin Griffith ran off with our ball club he did not take the club records with him. Walter Johnson would have been surprised indeed to find himself "reincarnated" with the word Twins on his chest. In the future when reincarnating old Senators, how about using a Washington uniform? Let the Twins find their own heroes.
BRIAN J. BARRY
The Minnesota Twins may be down, but they are a long, long way from being out. I have been an avid Twin fan since they entered the league, and I've got news for a few people. Minneapolis and St. Paul are large, prosperous, modern cities. They have a few residents who are not Swedish, and there are far better things to do there than watch TV. One thing is to watch the Twins play at their beautiful stadium in Bloomington.
I thank you for your sympathy for Sam Mele and all Twin fans, but in October, when the Series opens up in the Twin Cities, we'll see just who is feeling sorry for whom.
It was with much disgust and disappointment that I read Joe DiMaggio's explanation as to why he was at the racetrack instead of at the San Francisco Giants' home opener (SCORECARD, May 1). His statement that baseball is too dull and doesn't interest him anymore seemed to be very much out of place. I would like to remind Mr. DiMaggio that it was the dull game of baseball that made it possible for him to have the money to go to the racetrack.
Many thanks for Alice Higgins' fine article on the Fort Sam Houston and San Antonio Charity horse shows and their junior jumper champion Rafael Joseffy (Rafe, the Tomboy Terror of Texas, May 1). But I am left with one question: what does this Texas tomboy look like?
Thanks for Coles Phinizy's nice article on Jim Hall and the Chaparral (Racer in a Far-out Country, May 1). Last year it was my privilege to be invited on a boy scout family trip. Our scoutmaster received permission for the troop to visit Jim Hall's plant in Midland, Texas. Never have I seen a group of boys receive a finer welcome.
Jim was there. He and his staff showed the boys everything about the car—except the "peanut butter" in the transmission. They demonstrated quick changes on wheels and disk brakes, explained how a car could be completely serviced in a 28-second pit stop and stressed safe driving and safety features, such as crash helmets and shoulder harnesses. We saw the Chaparral in all stages of construction and dismantling, but somehow that gearbox was always covered up.
Could you please tell me where I can secure one of the Chaparral T shirts mentioned in your article?