Now that you have published William Barry Furlong's article, A Sad Day for Baseball (Sept. 21), perhaps you'll be kind enough to find an equally able writer to counter this with A Great Day for Baseball to show what surely must be the other side of the coin.
Let there be no doubt, it matters to only a minority of my acquaintances who owns the Yankees—or the Cardinals or the Pirates or the Orioles. The time has arrived when professional baseball (and professional football, too, for that matter) are to be recognized as profit-making organizations subject to the same demands of the market place as is any other service or product offered for sale. Whether or not they are subject to antitrust legislation is for the lawmakers to argue, but if granted a vote I'd be for removing the cloak of protection.
NBC pays umpteen million dollars to televise the World Series. Who is in the World Series? The Yankees, right! Who owns the Yankees? CBS, of course. So NBC will be paying CBS to appear on NBC's own program. Now NBC will have to buy the L.A. Dodgers and control of the National League to get even.
GEORGE A. DOTY
DOYT & CO.
Your fine story about Doyt Perry, head football coach at Bowling Green University (He'll Never Leave Ohio, Sept. 28), is only fitting. The Mid-American Conference has long been a power in baseball nationally as evidenced by Western Michigan's presence in the Collegiate World Series so often. And now this power is seeping through to football and basketball. Don't be too surprised if within 10 years you see a national champion from the Mid-American Conference, with the Big Ten begging for home-and-home contests.
CHARLES L. SMITH
The MAC does play better football than Xavier, Dayton and Cincinnati. In future years these schools will be left far behind by the MAC. Ohio University has immediate gridiron dates with Purdue (a rematch) and Maryland. In 1967 Ohio will meet Kansas, Penn State and William and Mary. By then, as Writer John Underwood said, a defeat by a MAC school will embarrass no one.
ROGER L. RABA
With gentlemen like Doyt Perry at Bowling Green and the coaching corps produced at Miami (with an "O."), football in the Mid-American Conference can't lose, even if the Big Ten does win four of five meetings.
Thanks to John Underwood for an article that shows football as a lot more than a shortcut to a "paper" education.
Your listing of former Miami University football players who became famous coaches proves again that fame can be fleeting. You forgot one of the most famous of all: Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns.
JOSEPH M. GAMBATESE
WASN'T NO HARM INTENDED
I was shocked at a quote recently attributed by you to Coach Bob Giegengack of the U.S. Olympic team, viz., "I don't want none..." (To Tokyo by Inches, Sept 21). I've known him for more than 20 years and have never heard him use a double negative except in deliberate levity.
New York City
? Yale's Giegengack, a magna cum laude graduate of Holy Cross, was indeed speaking with "deliberate levity" when he was quoted double-negatively.—ED.