One suggestion, which may not be new, is to split the season. Have each league declare a winner for the first half, and then immediately after the All-Star Game begin the battle for the second-half winner. The two winners in each League (if there are two) would then play a short series to declare the league champions, who would be in the World Series.
At least a team that was about 18 games out would have a new chance and could draw an extra 50,000 or more fans during July and August. It is worth a try!
TOMMY L. SCHEXNAYDER
I am not a chronic crank and this is my first letter of complaint to an editor. However, I cannot sit idly by and see a great sport maligned as it was in your essay on surf fishermen entitled And There Goes the Whole Weekend.
The photograph was mediocre, but the line, "Despite oceans of money spent on equipment ($150 for a decent outfit), no one ever catches anything," was pure slander.
1) For the record, an excellent surf-casting rig can be purchased for $45 complete with crab net.
2) This past Labor Day my 14-year-old son and I caught two corbina and three perch. Yes, he caught the big one. Yes, we fished 1� hours before the swimmers crowded us out.
3) In my 30 years of surf fishing, I have returned from the shores with edible fish more often than not.
I cannot speak for the Easterners who fish for stripers. However, your photograph depicts our own Pacific shore and what you said is just not true. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will still grace our magazine rack, but I feel better already.
Your article was grossly wrong and misleading. It must have been written by some goof that has never surf fished and knows nothing about it.
A good surf fisher does catch fish—lots of them. If it were not so, there would be fewer persons trying and fewer bait houses.