SPARK OF GREATNESS
Ron Fimrite did a beautiful job writing about the rejuvenated Yankees (Red Man to the Rescue, Aug. 21) and the newly found relic of Yankee Stadium. Ralph Houk is proving his superior baseball intellect to the many doubters of the late '60s. A team that I personally hated for being so dominant a decade ago is now loved by many. This article helped me to see the light, too. All the way, Yanks!
I was very happy to see a Yankee ballplayer on your cover, and even happier to see that it was the best relief pitcher in baseball. Sparky Lyle surely deserves it more than anyone right now after his remarkable performances. He also deserves all the standing ovations he never fails to receive at Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees arc coming back strong. And there's nothing wrong with those pinstripes, not when players like these Yankees are wearing them.
North Plainfield, N.J.
You say in PEOPLE (Aug. 21) that after it has been rehabilitated, Yankee Stadium may be renamed The House That Lindsay Repaired. May I suggest it be dubbed The House That Lyle Saved? Congratulations on a great story!
Being a Yankee fan all my life and having lived in Syracuse, home of the Yanks' top farm team, until July, I had the opportunity to watch Celerino Sanchez with the Chiefs until he was called up. He was simply amazing, at bat and in the field. I just wonder why it took so long for a major league team to get him.
Where docs Ron Fimrite get off saying Bobby Murcer does not call to mind Murderers Row? Not only was he second in the league batting race last year, but he is in the top five standings in almost all offensive categories this season. And we don't cheer everything at Yankee Stadium, just a great club.
Thanks for the worthy and long-awaited article. Mr. Fimrite's only fault seems to be in dwelling on the meaningless point of comparing Yankee teams of past and present. The true evaluation lies in a comparison between the Yankee team of '72 and the rest of the opposition in the American League, against which the Yanks are currently third in batting and have the top starting and relief pitchers.
The Spark is there, but the real fire won't be lighted until October.
I wish to thank SI and Curry Kirkpatrick for the article regarding the King of Softball, Mr. Eddie Feigner (A King Without a Crown, Aug. 21). The warmth and friendship of Feigner have been shared by many, and I feel fortunate to have shared it probably as long as any. I was the bat boy for Kilburg's Grocery softball team in 1946 (the team Eddie was pitching for when The King and His Court began). Upon finishing high school in 1953, I talked to Eddie about joining his barnstorming group. My request was turned down, not for lack of talent, he assured me, but because he knew he could help me realize a goal that he would not be able to attain himself.
Eddie's ambition early in life was to be a medical missionary, and when we discussed the alternatives of my studying medicine or joining The King and His Court, he insisted that I devote my energy to school. He reinforced that advice by getting a job for me pitching in an industrial league to obtain money for tuition and by giving me verbal encouragement while I was in school.