THE PLAY'S THE THING
Congratulations to Bob Ottum on his dazzling drama Boog! (July 19). Articles such as this are good for baseball. Boog! satirically humanizes the lives of baseball players, which has to help promote fan appeal. The drama comes up with the only reasonable explanation for Boog Powell's long slump, considering the immense talent he possesses. Now that the mad scientist's scheme has been uncovered, perhaps the real Boog will stand up and start hitting with his old abandon.
New York City
When Boog! goes to Broadway I only hope Earl Weaver is cast as Brampson and Bob Short as the mad scientist. But who will play Boog Powell?
If Boog! gets into production I have some casting suggestions:
1. The Van Arsdale twins as the two Boogs, providing you can fatten them up a bit.
2. Phil Silvers as Howard Cosell.
3. Cosell has to play the part of "a ferret-faced man..." nervously directing the initial entrance of robot Boog.
4. Lefty Phillips must be Beano Brampson.
5. And the Baltimore Oriole Chorus can only be the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
6. Which leaves Mrs. Boog Powell. How about Barbra Streisand, pussycat?
After reading your accounts of doleful Alex Johnson, pitiful Tony Conigliaro and hearing about the retiring of frustrated Ken Harrelson, I was relieved to see that your magazine had printed something that was actually light and entertaining about baseball personalities. The article on Boog Powell was very imaginative and lets the baseball fan see the humorous side of the game, which is part of its enduring charm.
R. A. STONIS
Rolling Hills, Calif.