Some comments on your article in the Reader of February 25 [“The Cubbalist”].
I’m certain that you are definitely wrong on one of your comments about the Cubs. I saw games four and five of the 1945 World Series, sitting in the left-field bleachers right behind Hank Greenberg. He wasn’t heckled, and nothing was thrown at him. I know this for a fact, and you’re all wet on this matter.
The 1932 Babe Ruth piece is in doubt. Cub players mainly heckled Ruth, not the fans. The part-black rumor went around in the 1920s, and the New York Giants taunted him in the World Series between them.
John E. Wolverton
Jeffrey Felshman replies:
If fans didn’t heckle or throw stuff at Greenberg during the four World Series games in Wrigley–they played games four through seven there in ’45–they’d be among the most polite fans in baseball history.