Cleveland Indians fans agree with manager Pat Corrales on one thing (It Won't Be an Indian Summer, June 29). It's not SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S fault that the Tribe has fizzled this season. But the feeling persists that this team has more talent than its record indicates and that with some pitching improvements, it will be a contender.
We have waited a long time for a winner, and when it happens, our joy will be that much greater.
But, hey, why take chances? No more covers, O.K.?
What do the Indians' '86 season and an episode of Dallas have in common? Both were just a dream. Your April 6 cover has to be a collector's item. I should know, I'm stuck with three copies.
STEPHEN G. MODORY
In his article on racism in baseball ("We Have a Serious Problem That Isn't Going Away," May 11) Reggie Jackson said, "When I was 13 or 14 years old, I played for a Pennsylvania all-star team against a team from Fort Lauderdale. Our coach didn't let me participate in the three games for fear there would be trouble if I slid hard into second base or got hit by a pitch. Even though I was the best player...I was allowed only one at bat. I was so afraid to swing, I looked at three straight strikes.... I walked home, crying, 'I'm going to be a big leaguer, I'm going to be a big leaguer.' "
Reggie's memory is hazy. In the third game of the series, Reggie almost took the pitcher's head off with a line drive that the pitcher caught for an out. I was that pitcher.
Reggie Jackson should get his facts straight. My father, Hank Gimpel, coached the Greater Glenside Youth club all-star team that played the all-star team from Fort Lauderdale. Not only did Reggie play every inning of every game, but he also received honorable mention as MVP. I have copies of the score sheets and a newspaper clipping.
Willow Grove, Pa.
You quoted Reggie Jackson as saying that when he was hurt during a minor league game years ago, a Lewiston, Idaho, area hospital refused to admit him because he was black.
Some weeks later, I came across an article in my local newspaper in which the director of that hospital was quoted as saying that Jackson was admitted, treated for two days and released. The article said that there is documentary proof of this.
St. Catharines, Ont.
?Records for St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewiston show that Jackson was admitted for observation on July 6, 1966, and released on July 8 of that year.—ED.