It is about time writers took a little recognition away from the glamour game (the major leagues) and gave it to minor league ballplayers (Can't Hem the Bushes. April 24). It is obvious that these men work hard, hoping for that one chance to make the big time, but it is a pity that too main newer get the chance. Everyone realizes minor league players receive little money and the quote, "Mere money does not buy happiness," is an excellent summary of the heart, guts and pride these real ballplayers possess. Roy Blount Jr., I commend you.
A flood of memories came back at the sight of your pictorial feature on minor league ball parks. My memories are of Memorial Stadium in York, Pa. and the White-Roses of the Eastern league and. before that, the Piedmont League in the late '50s and early '60s. Brooks Robinson played for York, as did Bob Burda, Jim Beauchamp, Dalton Jones, Wilbur Wood, Hank Allen, Jim French, Dick Bosnian and Casey Cox. The opposition included such rising stars as Jim Perry, Jose Pagan, Matty Alou, Tom Haller, Juan Marichal, Manny Mota, Tom Tresh, Walt Bond, Mudcat Grant, Rico Petrocelli, George Scott and Reggie Smith. There were many more, of course, but these are the particular players who stand out in my memory.
York was, during this period, affiliated with the Cardinals, Red Sox, Senators and Pirates. But that is the past. The future is somewhat gloomier. The irony of the situation is that York still has a good stadium, which is more than some other former minor league towns can offer. Memorial Stadium has adequate seating capacity, good parking facilities, excellent lighting and, best of all, an AstroTurf infield. It seems a shame to have to use such a stadium only for soft-ball even world-class softball—instead of professional baseball as well. I, for one, would like to see minor league baseball return to York.
DOUGLAS A. EVERETT
We enjoyed very much Roy Blount's article. However, not all minor league stadiums are as depicted in the story. Albuquerque is proud to have the most modern and most beautiful minor league stadium in the nation. Built in 1969, it is the home of the Triple A Pacific Coast league Albuquerque Dukes, the top farm club of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seating 10,510, it features the only drive-in viewing area of any professional ball park in the country. It is also the only minor league stadium with a first-class lounge and Stadium Club open daily to the public.
Attendance at professional baseball games the past three years has topped 571,000, which makes Albuquerque one of the best cities in minor league baseball.
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I was glad to see your article ('Tis Far Better to Waste than Be Wasted, April 24) on fencing, one of the most ignored sports in the U.S. The public fails to appreciate the effort, training and knowledge that go into the making of a successful fencer. Many people do not even know that fencing is an Olympic sport, much less that the U.S. team has a chance to make a good showing with members like Tyrone Simmons of the University Of Detroit. So congratulations and thank you for an article that not only describes one of the finest young fencers in America today but also makes an attempt to explain a much misunderstood sport.
Park Ridge, Ill.
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