JOLLY GREEN GIANTS
Your article on the Green Bay Packers ( Green Bay Blocks to Win, Sept. 7) was one of the finest ever printed about the glory-less workhorses of the team. It was about time for someone to give the football lineman recognition.
So Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy, returns to the scene of the crime (Shining Hour for Golden Boy, Sept. 21). It is nice to see that he now leads a very simple life, and is nice to his mother. Why, however, is it necessary to praise him for doing something that is expected of him? Have you forgotten already how seriously he endangered the integrity of the National Football League back in 1962?
EDGAR M. FRIED
Hooray and Oh, joy! Paul Hornung is back, and I'm cheering for the Packers again. Thanks for the cute story.
Now that another baseball season is about to go into cold storage along with its memories, its crumpled scorecards, its hastily scrawled autographs and its endless arguments, I thought you people might be interested in a survey I made in one department of souvenir hunting: getting an autographed baseball.
I was experimenting with the 20 major league clubs. I wrote a lengthy letter to each team's publicity director asking how I might obtain a personally autographed baseball for my daughter Robin, who really wanted one. I offered to pay any of the costs involved, but I requested that the ball be personally signed and not just facsimile or rubber-stamped. The results, I think, are quite interesting.
I obtained 10 balls in all. Two of them (one from the Baltimore Orioles and one from the Chicago White Sox) were sent without charge and included a pleasant note. Four teams (the New York Yankees and Mets, the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates) said that if I would send the ball, they would have the players sign it—which they did.
Four teams (the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and Houston Colt 45s) asked me to send them from $3 to $5 to cover the cost of the ball and mailing—which was certainly reasonable. The Dodgers and Red Sox went on to explain that they donated receipts from the sale of these balls to charity—which is an excellent idea and should be commended.
Six teams answered that only facsimile reproductions were available and enclosed their price schedules.
Four of the teams that I wrote ( Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Athletics) didn't have the courtesy even to acknowledge receiving my original letter and two letters that I sent subsequently.
This latter list of nonrepliers interested me. The Athletics have had such poor public response to their stadium, their proposed moves and trades that I figured they would at least acknowledge my letter. The Angels can afford $200,000 bonuses but are not interested in investing a 5� stamp for a better public image.