DREAM AND REALITY
Your article on the new Mets (Lights in the Met Cellar, May 6) was both humorous and encouraging. Last September I came to Boston University and witnessed the miracle of the Red Sox. Now as I return home for the summer I hope the Mets will provide the same excitement for New York.
We are hockey players and loyal fans of the Boston Bruins. We also are believers in the "impossible dream" and we feel that a local basketball player now reigns supreme over the Bobby Orrs and the Carl Yastrzemskis. Please cast three votes for Coach and Player Bill Russell as Sportsman of the Year 1968. The "flag" goes up again!
BOBBY BAUER JR.
I sincerely enjoy SI and I found the recent article by Frank Deford on Jim (Mudcat) Grant most interesting (Coochee Coos Another Tune, April 8). Although Mudcat is a friend of mine and I know that he is endeavoring to prepare for a postbaseball career, I must take exception to one of Mr. Deford's statements. He says that Negro baseball players, with the exception of Jackie Robinson, have not been a success once they've left baseball.
My major league career was not great in longevity, but my years with the Brooklyn Dodgers did accord me some fame and unforgettable moments. And I'd like to believe that I have enjoyed some successes since retiring from baseball in 1957.
I taught school in Plainfield, N.J. from 1957 until 1962, when I resigned to accept a marketing position with Greyhound Lines, Inc. Greyhound promoted me to the corporate marketing staff in 1963 as Director of Special Markets, and in May 1967 I was promoted to Vice-president, Special Markets.
Additionally, if Mr. Deford had taken the time to research, he would have learned that many current players are preparing themselves for the day when they can no longer play baseball.
I am unimpressed by your dire tale of five trimaran disasters at sea over a recent 21-month period (Hey Ho and Up She Rises, May 6). The record is meaningless in that it is incomplete. Five trimarans are missing out of how many deep-sea trimaran voyages? What are the comparable statistics for monohulls? I don't really expect answers to these questions. They are probably not available, since only losses are recorded. Further, I suspect it is mainly the trimaran losses that are noteworthy and that, of course, explains your story.
You have conclusively proved only that the sea is a dangerous place. But I knew that before reading your article.
JOHN H. MORRIS
Bay Shore, N.Y.
After having spent a year in the Canal Zone and having seen trimarans come through (two or three weekly) in passage from England to Australia and New Zealand, I became personally acquainted with most of their crews and shared some of their experiences. I feel certain that you have done a great disservice. The trimaran (Piver designed) is probably the safest sailing boat afloat. I left Panama in a 30-foot trimaran. I sailed due north and cleared the Quita Sue�o Bank in four days on one tack in 30-to 35-knot winds, continuously burying all three hulls on every fourth or fifth wave. The boat tolerated this beating with no leeway and with the wheel tied down. We easily made Fort Myers, Fla. in 13 days after being becalmed for four days. My companion, who has sailed square-riggers around the Horn, stated that no planked monohull could have stood that pounding without opening seams and leaking badly. My trimaran cost about one eighth the price of an equivalent 30-foot monohull and is much safer.
JOHN W. BUCKNER, M.D.
Really, now. How can you believe that the Kentucky Colonels paid $62,000 for Louisville newspaper advertisements and not believe that the Colonels negotiated in good faith for Westley Unseld's services (SCORECARD, April 15)? Technically, your statement that we made only the $210,000 offer to Unseld is correct. However, Westley's attorney had prepared in longhand a proposal in the amount of $400,000 for a four-year contract. The Colonels asked him to put this in proper contract form and have Westley sign it so that it could be accepted. This contract was then read aloud in Unseld's presence, at which time Unseld and his attorneys left the conference room and conferred for approximately 15 minutes. When they returned, the attorney announced that Westley was not prepared to sign it on that date. The next day the attorney called us and advised that, although Unseld had not yet signed with Baltimore, all negotiations were off and that they would not meet further with the Colonels. That is when the Colonels purchased the newspaper ads offering Unseld $500,000.