KITES AND KIDS
Tomi Ungerer (The Kitemaker, August 3) is a most interesting person, but much more talented than your article implied. As a first-grade teacher I happen to know that he is not only an artist and kitemaker, but a writer. He is the author and illustrator of some of the most exciting children's books in existence.
The world of sports must certainly be in sad shape when the most famous sports magazine in the country devotes eight pages to a kitemaker.
CLIFFORD J. SIMPSON
I must commend Frank Deford's article (Not Much To Do But Eat, Sleep and Play Baseball, August 3) on the promising young rookie, Tony Conigliaro. I have been a Bosox fan since Ted Williams joined the major leagues, and I must say this young man has the credentials to be great.
Your article on Tony Conigliaro was great. He is even better than the Beatles. If every major league team had more Tonys or Rick Reichardts, more teen-aged girls would be going to more games. Wow!
Your July 20 issue had three related articles that I think merit some comment. The first was James M. O'Hara's letter concerning musical franchises (19TH HOLE). The second was your not-so-humorous editorial involving the rumored shift of the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta (SCORECARD). The third concerned the Los Angeles Angels' move to Mickey Mouseville (Call Them Mickey's Mice or Pluto's Pups). The latter needs little consideration since I feel the Autry clan had a legitimate complaint. However, Mr. O'Hara's letter concerning the moving of the Denver hockey franchise concludes with an interesting remark: "the long-term result is to alienate many potential sports dollars throughout the country in all of professional sport."
How true! When the speculated Milwaukee shift gained popularity a few weeks ago, a friend of mine remarked, "If the Braves move to Atlanta, I think I'll quit following major league baseball, except for an occasional glance at the standings."
This alienation of sports fans throughout the country is snowballing whether money-hungry owners care to admit it or not.
EDWARD E. SCHLUMPF
Menomonee Falls, Wis.