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September 11, 1972
POSITIVE THINKINGSirs:A few nights ago I was barely able to pick up a Detroit station and hear the Tigers snuff out a ninth-inning Oakland rally. Earlier in the afternoon I had seen Dick Allen, against the Yankees, hit a towering home run into the center-field bleachers of White Sox Park that almost decapitated Harry Caray, who was broadcasting out there. With the A's loss, the Sox took over first place.
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September 11, 1972

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Congratulations on a fine article on the White Sox. However, the constant suggestion that no one in the American League East wants first place is uncalled for. The fact that the top four teams in the division are all just a few games over .500 leads me to the conclusion that it is a very well-balanced division.

If only 3� games separated the first four teams in either division of the National League, the race would be called the most exciting in baseball—no matter what the percentages.
New York City

According to your weekly baseball section the Detroit Tigers have been in first place in the American League East 12 out of the 18 weeks since the deferred opening of the baseball season. During this period you have featured major stories on the Athletics (2), Pirates (2), Mets (2), White Sox (2), Dodgers, Indians, Astros, Yankees, Reds and Orioles. On the cover have been members of the White Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers, Mets, Pirates and Yankees. Your coverage of the league-leading Tigers has been limited to a small article on our great shortstop and third-base combination of Eddie Brinkman and Aurelio Rodriguez.

My point is not that Detroit is anywhere near to being the "best damn team in baseball." Regrettably, the Tigers have had their troubles this year. Nevertheless, their presence at the top of the American League East is certainly established, and SI's feat of all but totally ignoring them is remarkable, not to say incomprehensible and loathsome to Detroit fans.
Birmingham, Mich.

In Philadelphia the 76ers are depressed, the Flyers are threatened, the Blazers are involved in lawsuits, the Eagles are losing (already), the Phillies are forgotten and Steve Carlton is winning (Imagination, It's Funny, Aug. 21).

Billy Cunningham has a new home, Bobby Clarke and Doug Favell must draw the fans, Derek Sanderson and John McKenzie must win in court, the Eagles must learn to play football, the Phils' front office is dead, and Steve Carlton is still winning.

Jack Ramsay has left, Fred Shero doesn't have good players, John McKenzie may be lost, Ed Khayat is questionable, Frank Lucchesi is lost, Paul Owens should get lost, and Steve Carlton goes on winning.

Can a winner among all those losers win the Cy Young and MVP awards?

Thank you for recognizing this brilliant pitcher in time. Maybe there is hope in Philadelphia, for one man at least.
Reedsville, Pa.

Congratulations on your Aug. 28 issue, one of the finest I have ever read. The article about driving to Munich (Going From Bad to Wurst) was as funny as the one you printed before the Mexico City Olympics on the same subject, and the other Olympic coverage was great.
Lutherville, Md.

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