SI Vault
May 10, 1965
NEW LOOKSirs:Thank you for Barbara La Fontaine's story, "He's Just Got That Look" (April 26). At last we can see Sonny Liston as a person capable of having feelings and displaying emotions. Your discerning article certainly is a departure from the image so commonly put forth by the majority of the press.H. L. SIEGEL Peabody, Mass.
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May 10, 1965

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Your baseball statistics (April 19) are certainly more significant measures of a player's value than the standard statistics of batting averages, RBIs, home runs, stolen bases, etc. However, even further improvement is possible. Under a system which I have developed, all phases of offensive baseball can be combined into one statistic. This overall figure is possible since the offensive game has essentially three components—getting on base, advancing runners to scoring position and scoring runners.

In this system, points are awarded for successes in each of these phases of the game and the total divided by the number of at bats. As a simple example, a batter would get three points for singling in a runner from second and then later stealing second base. He would also get three points for hitting a home run with the bases empty since, as in the first example, he got on base, advanced a runner (himself) to scoring position and scored a runner (again himself).

Several advantages of the system are readily apparent:

1) Hits with men on base are scored more highly than hits made with the bases empty.

2) A walk, under certain circumstances, is worth just as much as a base hit and can be so rewarded.

3) Perhaps the most important advantage is that every ballplayer can be compared with every other ballplayer. This system provides a common denominator by which such diverse phases of the game as base stealing and home run hitting can be included in the evaluation of a player's performance.
Murrysville, Pa.

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