In his article, The Men Who Fire Managers (Sept. 12), William Leggett is too kind to Chub Feeney and Horace Stoneham, the San Francisco Giants' own Dynamic Duo. Let the record show that, in addition to the horrendous Cepeda-for-Sadecki misdeal, in the last two and a half seasons these far-sighted gentlemen have traded away such unpromising individuals as: Mateo Alou, currently batting .345 for the Pirates to lead the National League; Manny Mota, batting .338 for the same team; and Felipe Alou, No. 2 in the league, hitting .330 for Atlanta. And as if this were not enough, Feeney and Stoneham have also dealt Stu Miller and Jack Sanford away to the American League: Sanford is 13 and 7 for the Angels; Miller is 9 and 4 for Baltimore, with a 2.30 ERA.
Perhaps this wouldn't be hard to live with if the Giants had gotten something in return, but there is not one man on the club who is hitting .300, and only two starting pitchers have won more games than they have lost. Too bad San Francisco can't trade Feeney for Buzzie Bavasi.
William Leggett was much too kind to Boston's Mike Higgins.
DIVOTS AND DIVIDENDS
The Trembling Thirteen, that group of intrepid market plungers and ladies' golf sponsors, merit hearty commendation from all golf fans and labor leaders for their generous efforts to improve the financial lot of the touring gals (Money Is a Girl's Best Friend, Sept. 12). Monetary rewards for the girls on practice tee and tournament fairway have been truly piddling when compared to the take-home pay of even the most outstanding hacker on the men's pro circuit.
But while all must applaud this "first" in the direction of establishing more equitable prize money for the distaff swingers, I, for one, am not overwhelmed by the Thirteen's speculative genius. Pat Ryan points out how the 13 men ran a $50 monthly contribution to $80,000 since 1959 by taking flyers in "such volatile issues as suntan lotions, oil wells and The Pill," but a bit of simple arithmetic reveals that this works out to a gain of only 47% on cash currently committed. This is something short of spectacular when one considers that the same seven-year period featured one of the greatest speculative blowoffs in stock market history, during which even the venerable Dow Jones industrials managed to chalk up a gain of 46%.
New York City
Pat Ryan's story was really big-league. I can say this because, as one of the Trembling Thirteen, I am not at all prejudiced. We are planning an even bigger and better World Series next year.
JOHN F. HARLEY, M.D.
To keep the record straight, I think that the Trembling Thirteen should be referred to as the Trembling Fourteen. You see, I am their stockbroker.
URBAN F. MILLER