I enjoyed your baseball issue (April 18) because, as an Oriole fan, I liked your prediction of a Baltimore pennant. However, the last four paragraphs of your article on the Birds were very misleading. You base your charge of Baltimore's poor attendance on a single day, Sept. 20, 1964. On that particular day the Orioles were playing a doubleheader at home against the Angels, who weren't even in the first division at the time. On the same day the Colts were on TV playing the Packers in Green Bay. Now, who can blame the people for staying home? After all, do the Yankees draw huge crowds when the Giants are on TV?
I might point out to you that the Orioles drew over 75,000 fans for a recent three-game series with the Yankees, who have about as much of a chance of winning the pennant this year as Bobby Kennedy has of being elected governor of Alabama.
As for Mark Russell's ditty, I thought that was about as funny as a case of cancer.
To condemn Baltimore as a bad sports city by citing the poor attendance on one Sunday is to overlook the fact that the season total for that year was 1,116,215. Counting the past three years Baltimore averages fourth among American League cities in attendance despite a history of weak hitting and an absence of crowd thrills. Sunday has never been a big attendance day at the unprotected sauna known as Memorial Stadium, but our Friday night figures will match Sunday crowds elsewhere.
Oriole attendance is admittedly poor. However, I fail to see what place this has in your scouting report of American League baseball teams. The New York Mets have tremendous fan support, and they're still lousy. But the question is: why do you consider a song that describes a city as dotted with strip joints, possessing a bad smelling harbor, and desirous of having a striptease artist for mayor as a necessary part of your baseball analysis?
Washington Comedian Mark Russell, who put the parody needle in Baltimore, did an even sharper job on Houston's Astrodome when he headlined here last summer:
Oh, give me a home, a 50,000-seat dome,
And a Clear Lake where they race for space.
A place if you're sick, you can get fixed up quick,
And a ball team in ninth or 10th place.
MRS. JANE NEWKIRK
Hats off to Herman Weiskopf—the only one of you sensible enough to pick the Tigers for first!
Sol—id! Your article about the Philadelphia Phillies was "Holy Believable." We know it, and Mr. Leggett let the world know it.
L. E. VERBIT
For your information the San Francisco Giants are going to win the National League pennant this year.
ROY EDWARD WOLFE