SUPPORT FOR McLAIN
How dare Mike Duffy attack Denny McLain in SI's August 12 letters section? He implies that the Tiger hitting is responsible for Denny's success. As Denny won his 25th victory last week, batting averages for the leading Tiger hitters stood at .274 for Horton and Kaline, .254 for McAuliffe and .251 for Freehan. That is hardly the kind of hitting to provide for a 25-3 record.
On the contrary, Denny McLain has steadied an erratic pitching staff and he will be the chief reason why the Tigers win the pennant this year.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
FLIES IN THE OINTMENT
I was overjoyed to read Frank Deford's article on the National Flycasting League (My Battle for Our Rightful Place at the Top, July 22). Unfortunately, Commissioner Ford Frump did not cover the current problems that are facing this great sport and perhaps you can give me further information on the following points:
1) Whether it is true, "as their opponents alleged," that the Oakland Sea Lions are using the spit fly.
2) That Owner Horace Sturgeon is planning to move his franchise because of the competition from night heron racing.
3) The claim by players that this year's fish are much deader than those of the past seasons, and they have no chance of passing the fabulous Babe Roe's one-season record.
4) The dispute on whether the intentional tangle should be made automatic in order to speed up the game.
5) The decision by some owners to shorten the ponds to help their weak casters.
6) The players' demand for a bigger share for the use of their pictures on bait cards.
7) The reason that Sandy Codfish retired in his prime.