If Robert Creamer were closer to Cleveland, I would push him right into Lake Erie for his story (Tell You What You Ought to Do, Commissioner Frick, July 22).
Along with many other sportswriters, he has blasted the Cleveland baseball fans, but he has not come close to the real reason why "only" 44,160 people attended.
That reason, plain and simple: ticket prices! Box seats $8, reserved seats $6, bleachers $2, standing room $3. You can see more on TV and know more details about the game just loafing in a very comfortable living room.
Baseball, Mr. Creamer, is not dead in Cleveland. It may appear to be so, but only because baseball enthusiasm in Cleveland isn't what it used to be. What it used to be was unsurpassed. Clevelanders may pride themselves on the knowledge that their city holds, in addition to the All-Star Game attendance record, the alltime 154-game-season attendance record (2,620,627) and the record attendance for a regular-season doubleheader (84,587), none of which is likely to be broken.
Robert Creamer hit the nail on the head. I make a motion that we nominate him as the new commissioner.
As a charter subscriber to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for Carleton Mitchell's fine article, East of The Race (July 22). I was with him especially when he went to that "stingray swimming south" called Block Island.
DUCKS AND THE DAM
Your recent editorial, "The Price of Ducks and Progress" (Scorecard, May 27), makes, I believe, some unwarranted assumptions concerning Alaska's Rampart Dam.
By what evidence do you state positively that it will cost a million and a half ducks and geese? There are ample other nesting grounds and as the waters behind the dam advance, others can be created.
The salmon need not be lost. Moreover, you overlook the great potentials of a lake the size of Lake Erie for a freshwater sport and commercial fishery—whitefish, lake trout and other good species—stocked at the beginning of the 18 years it will take the lake to fill up. You conjure up a detrimental effect on the delta downstream. How do you know? The dam will control the downstream floods and make the delta safer.
As for the moose, they are happily running out of our ears and spreading all over Alaska so that we have had to lengthen the season and increase the bag limits.