WAY TO WIN
I have just finished reading William Leggett's article about Frank Howard (The Dodgers' Troubled Giant, May 25) and I must say that I was quite distressed.
What bothers me the most is the fact that Buzzie Bavasi will not let loose of one of his prized youngsters in a trade which might help the Dodgers. If I were Bavasi I would be quite willing to trade Podres, Werhas, another youngster and even cash to get a third baseman of Ron Santo's or Ed Mathews' caliber.
But, remember, dynasties don't fall easily. In the last two years the Dodgers have won more games than any other major league team. They tied once for first, and were world champs the next year. They draw more fans than any other team. The Dodgers usually find a way to win.
ERIC H. GOELD
Troubled or not, Frank Howard is the flat-footed giant who must get those fleet Dodgers running to the plate instead of running in circles.
In the Dodger Stadium right-field pavilion and lower boxes there are fans who always stand and applaud Frank when he hits one out or makes a fine play. Vin Scully describes right field as "Howardville." After Frank leaves the dugout and runs to his position in right, Scully will say, "And the fans in Howardville are giving Frank a standing ovation."
Frank finally doffed his cap to his fans and they cheered twice as loud. Frank is truly loved and admired by Angelenos. He is absolutely the most exciting, most colorful player in the game today, bar none!
HERMAN E. LOEFFLER
ON THE ALKALINE SIDE
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the fans in Detroit don't boo Al Kaline (The Torments of Excellence, May 11). Even though Al Kaline is batting only in the low .200s now, every time he comes to bat the fans yell their heads off.
The people in Detroit like Al and they appreciate him. He is one of the greatest now.
I think if you look around a little bit you can find plenty of Al Kaline fans.
I live in Flint, Mich., and all the children talk about Al Kaline. They would be very disappointed if he was traded off. He is the best outfielder in the American League.