?See page 16.—ED.
Pepper Wilson began his letter by saying, "All too often we are prone to make comments without doing our homework." He then stated that Jerry Lucas was only the second player in NBA history to average both 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single season.
Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Pettit both achieved this feat during the 1960-61 season, and since Jerry followed these two into the league he would be the third. Pepper Wilson was general manager of the Cincinnati team at that time.
JOE & CARROLL & DON
Fifteen yards to Carroll Rosenbloom for unsportsmanlike conduct (The Rosenbloom-Robbie Bowl, Nov. 9)! In a day and age when football owners do their Christmas horse trading at will, not to mention Charles O. Finley's annual Dial-A-Manager telethon, methinks I hear the sounds of a man who is about to land on the floor where the rug used to be.
I nominate cantankerous Carroll for the 1970-71 They Can Dish It Out But They Can't Take It award.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Jack Olsen's story about the Rosenbloom-Robbie Bowl includes a gratuitous comment: "The casual visitor to the grimy working-man's town called Baltimore...." Olsen obviously was a casual visitor—and an irresponsible one. Kissing off somebody else's city is good copy, but without supporting evidence it is reprehensible. Certainly parts of Baltimore fit the Olsen description, as do parts of Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit or—forgive me—New York. Other parts, as in other cities, are captivating or even beautiful. Did Olsen ever stroll through Charles Center, Bolton Hill or Cross Keys or look across the city from the top of Federal Hill?
Baltimore's curse is not that it is grimy, bu that it is that "other" city between New York and Washington. Its economic survival depends on shedding the image imposed by people who know nothing about it. Olsen's puerile comment, read by hundreds of thousands of people, sustains an impression that takes money out of our pockets and, speaking for two million Baltimoreans, I resent it.