THE BUCS' RETORT
Please inform Ron Fimrite that what they call it in Pittsburgh is pitching! They also call it fielding. Whatever does Mr. Fimrite call that fiasco he tried to pass off as writing (A Birdbath for the Pirates, Oct. 18)?
Quite a wit, your Ron Fimrite. His article is a classic in crossing bridges before you come to them and counting chickens before they're hatched. Eat your humble pie, Mr. Fimrite. You deserve every bite.
CHRISTINE M. GARBER
A birdbath for the Pirates? No, sir. It was the plank for the Birds, and they received the bath.
DENNIS R. KLIMO
May Ron Fimrite be made to eat his words (bird food, so to speak), then jump in the birdbath with the Orioles and slowly sink away.
Allison Park, Pa.
All season long SI has ignored Pittsburgh pitching, calling it mediocre at best. Ron Fimrite said Weaver was stretching his imagination to conclude that there were good arms on the Pirate staff. Well, Blass, Bruce ( Kison) and Briles might not agree. Wake up, SI. The pitching of Blass & Co. is great, and great is what the Bucs are, too!
You did show fantastic foresight on one point. There are hundreds of minor league baseball players. Yet, in the article An Old Hand with a Prospect (June 14), Pat Jordan wrote about none other than Bruce Kison, now of the Pirates and one of the heroes of the 1971 World Series.
Bruce Kison's performance in the playoff and in the Series was a fascinating and happy sequel to that brilliant article about him a few months ago.
W. MONTAGUE DOWNS, M.D.
Dan Jenkins' article Oklahoma Wins the Wishbone War (Oct. 18) was a memorable rendition of a historic day. But Oklahomans question his claim that Quarterback Jack Mildren "had been a big disappointment." After his junior year, Mildren had an OU career record of the second most yards passing, the second most yards in total offense for one season, the second most yards passing in one year and the most completed forward passes in a single game—and that was against Nebraska.
Jack Mildren is an unconditional hero, and we await his 1971 Thanksgiving Day performance against the Cornhuskers. Here the issue of No. 1 and No. 2 will be genuinely settled.
Governor of Oklahoma
Obviously Oklahoma has it all over Texas. However, the title of your article is rather misleading. True, the Sooners won a battle in the Wishbone War, but there is this guy in Alabama named Bear Bryant....