Regarding Ron Fimrite's article A Big Beginning for the Little League (Oct. 23), I don't know how or why the belief that the National League is superior to the American League came into vogue in recent years, but it is a belief that cannot be substantiated in fact.
After every baseball season, pseudoexperts look at the batting averages in the two leagues and declare the National the best, based on the fact that it has more .300-plus hitters. But hitting is not the name of the game in modern-day baseball. The game today is pitching, and the American League has the best pitchers. The National League may have more power hitters, but if they faced the American League's pitching day in and day out, they would not be nearly as impressive. Take a look at the records of the supposed power hitters of the National League for the last two or three All-Star Games and the World Series. What is more, the National League plays more often on artificial turf, which tends to inflate batting averages.
The hard cold facts of major league baseball are: 1) the American League leads in World Series victories, 41-28, and 2) the American League trails the National League by only six victories, 24-18, in All-Star Games.
I am not saying the American League is better than the National, but clearly the reverse is not true either.
JOHN A. SCHNEIDER JR.
Bay Village, Ohio
Have you no pity? The poor fans of Cleveland have suffered through 18 agonizing seasons with their pennantless Indians. And now that your magazine has finally seen lit to mention an event from the last World Series in which the Tribe participated, you blew it. I am referring to Ron Fimrite's article in which he acknowledges the great catch of Willie Mays off the bat of " Detroit's" Vic Wertz. While this is not a play Cleveland followers enjoy being reminded of, it is, nonetheless, probably the only significant event that ever occurred in a Cleveland World Series. So please give credit where credit is due. Wertz was a Detroit Tiger for a long time, but in 1954 he was an Indian, and I am sure Tribe boosters would like him remembered as such.
?It was a team error. Ron Fimrite caught the slip, but the correction failed to make it to the printers.—ED.
Thank you very much for a well-done article on specialty teams in general and those of the Washington Redskins in particular (Being Suicidal, Oct. 23). Ted Vactor, Bill Malinchak, Jon Jaqua & Co. have one of the more thankless jobs in pro football. But with these guys blocking punts, kicks and various downfield defenders, and with Marv Levy at the helm, it should be a super (bowl) year.
J. KEITH GARLAND
I thought you'd never get around to writing an article about Jack Scott. But you did (Jeepers! Peepers Is in Charge Now, Oct. 23), and I'm sure a lot of other people enjoyed reading it as much as I did.
Scott is not really such a radical, it's just that many physical educators and coaches are inflexible. They are opposed to and afraid of any changes that require more effort, human effort, on their part.
I hope Scott succeeds in making more people aware of the benefits that a physical-education and/or sports program can bring to our society, benefits in addition to the enjoyment of winning. Congratulations to Robert Fuller, new president of Oberlin College, for having the courage and intelligence to hire Jack Scott.
(MISS) BERT PETERSON