In the future, the commissioner should assign three referees to work the court during all playoff games. Too much acting is going on. True rough play is not being called. And your whiners are getting favorable calls the next time downcourt, a la Larry Bird.
A picture caption in your June 16 issue says "In Game 5, 7'4" Sampson came out swinging when 6'1" Sichting played tough Celtic D." I saw the game and what Sichting played was typically dirty NBA defense. The whole league is guilty, because what they play is not basketball. Refs could justifiably call 50 traveling violations and 200 fouls per game, if they called it halfway close. Dr. Naismith must be spinning in his grave because of what they've done to his beautiful game.
JUDGING THE JUDGE
I had always thought of Pete Rose as Mr. Baseball...until I read Craig Neff's article on the Boston Red Sox' Don Baylor (His Honor, Don Baylor, June 16). Because Baylor's diverse career had never brought him to a Chicago team, I was not very familiar with him. Neff gave us vivid insight into a man who truly knows and cares about what he's doing. May Baylor have unprecedented success in whatever he does. He surely has earned it.
Until now, I had always considered Don Baylor an overpaid strikeout artist who occasionally hit a home run. I failed to realize what kind of man Baylor is. He has obviously given more to his teams and to baseball than he could ever ask in return. If he doesn't win the World Series as a player, I have no doubt he will win one as a manager. Thank you for opening my eyes.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
While Don Baylor is acknowledged as one of the leaders of the game, Craig Neff glosses over his demand for a trade last year. It was not the idea of the trade that I objected to, for many players have wished for release from George Steinbrenner's Siberia; it was the timing. The Yankees were in the midst of their late-season drive to catch Toronto when Baylor demanded his release. It was a time when his club needed his leadership and inspiration the most, and he was thinking of himself. To my mind, a sulking attitude like that is definitely bush.
ONE MAN'S MUSEUM
While reading and enjoying Ron Fimrite's article on Giants manager Roger Craig and the split-fingered fastball (The Pitch Of The '80s, June 9), I noticed that the photo credit alongside the picture of Burleigh Grimes read "Burleigh Grimes Museum." Where is this museum and what does it display?
JOHN A. MOLINELLI
New York City
?The museum is in Clear Lake, Wis., where Grimes was born. In fact, it's part of the Clear Lake Museum, which is located in that village's "old schoolhouse." In addition to clippings and photographs, the Grimes collection includes bats, balls, gloves, uniforms and other paraphernalia used by Ol' Stubblebeard, who pitched for the Dodgers and five other clubs from 1916 through 1934 and managed the Dodgers in 1937 and '38. The Clear Lake Museum is open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.—ED.