NEW LOOK IN PHILLY
Thank you very much for a splendid article on the Phillies' first game in Veterans Stadium (Curtain Up on a Mod New Act, April 19). After seven long years of waiting, everyone here in the Philadelphia area is quite happy about it.
I suffered through the great disaster of 1964 when the Phillies blew a 6�-game lead with 12 games to go and I have not seen such excitement over baseball since then. The Phils may not win the pennant this year, but they are exciting to watch, and they will be contenders in years to come.
Your article was most critical of Philadelphia fans. So far Philadelphia teams have had dismal records and, consequently, there has been nothing to cheer. When Philly finally does get a winner, you'll hear about it in Veterans Stadium.
Drexel Hill, Pa.
Give me a team like the Mets and a ball park like Shea Stadium. All the teams mentioned in your article are obviously trying to fill their ball parks. The Mets have done this all along. Shea Stadium is not domed, it does not have Astro Turf or an exploding scoreboard. All it has is good tenants.
Roselle Park, N.J.
In these days when baseball is fighting to stay the nation's No. 1 sport, fancy uniforms are a must. If the fan goes out to admire the stadium or the uniforms, he will soon admire the team playing there. Thanks to Houston for its Astrodome and Oakland for its white shoes.
HOT SPELL IN MONTREAL
To suggest, as you did in your baseball scouting reports (April 12), that the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals are better teams than the Montreal Expos is utter nonsense. In your great elation over the Phils winning 10 more games in 1970 than in 1969, you neglected to mention that the Expos increased their wins by 21. The Expos won 73 games, only three less than the total amassed by St. Louis.
Instead of worrying about the spring snows melting in Jarry Park, you should melt some of your American bias and give the Montreal Expos the credit due.
On behalf of all Baltimore Bullet fans, we would like to apologize to Jack Olsen and Lew Alcindor for the complete ruination of their article concerning the finals of the NBA championship between the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks (We've Got to Spread a Little Anarchy, April 19). Please rest assured that the entire Bullet team will atone for this deed by disposing of the Bucks as it did the Knicks. By the way, what happened to the other half of Earl Monroe's uniform that was left off the cover of your April 19 issue?
The article did not give Baltimore a plugged Knick-el for its chances against New York. All Olsen and Alcindor could talk about was the "upcoming" Milwaukee-New York championship playoffs. Is Olsen willing to bet a Buck now on the final series?
Fantastic job! I loved the interview with Lew Alcindor. You don't have enough articles about the Bucks or the key figures who have made Milwaukee the truly great team it is. It's apparent the Bucks are the best team in the NBA. After all, Lew said so, and what more assurance do you need?