Congratulations for doing your usual fine job of covering the World Series (Mustaches All the Way, Oct. 30). Once again it was demonstrated that good pitching dominates, and while that of both teams was excellent it would appear that Oakland's staff was just a little better than Cincinnati's. Catfish Hunter, Blue Moon Odom, Rollie Fingers, Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue were too much.
CARL F. REISS
How could you do such a thing? It was heartrending enough to read how the Reds were beaten by the A's. But to have SI state that Cincy hadn't won a Series since the infamous one of 1919 was more than I could take.
I will never forget winning a nickel from a school friend in 1940 because he was foolish enough to think Detroit could beat the Reds. My team did win that one in seven games, didn't it? If not, I'll have to pay that friend back, and even 5� earns a lot of interest in 32 years.
William Leggett's running commentary on the last five games of the World Series made a hit with this reader, who has suffered with the A's since about 1937. But Leggett committed two errors: one by saying that Cincinnati hasn't won a Series since 1919 (what about 1940 when Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters bested Hank Greenberg's slugging and Bobo Newsom's pitching?); and the other when you said that Gene Tenace's second hit in the final game tied the score at 2-2 (that hit put the A's ahead 2-1).
?Yes, there were two errors, but they were not Leggett's.—ED.
In answer to your editorial "How To Kill a Golden Goose" (SCORECARD, Oct. 30), is baseball really making a "stupidly self-defeating decision" when it schedules World Series games in such a way that more fans across the nation may be counted among the viewing audience?
By bowing to commercial television, baseball has rewarded millions of nine-to-five workers who faithfully follow the sport all season long and relish the opportunity to watch the Series on the tube. In past years when the Series began on a Wednesday afternoon, millions of fans were limited to watching only the third and fourth games in their entirety. At best, the rest of the games would be followed in five-minute fragments during coffee breaks, more than likely by means of transistor radios. With the present scheduling format, workers and students can watch every exciting play.
Any questions concerning the quality of play resulting from the "warped and twisted" schedule were answered emphatically by the Athletics and Reds who fought through the most closely contested Series in history. The esthetic appeal of the World Series was never higher, as America witnessed consistent, top-level baseball with memorable performances by Joe Rudi and Gene Tenace.
I, for one, and I'm absolutely certain there are many like me, feel that to be able to see the World Series games at all was a thrill, especially because they proved to be as exciting as baseball games should be. While I watched the games on prime-time television, I wasn't concerned in the least about how much money someone else was making. All I cared about was that I finally got to see the games played during the week that ordinarily I would have missed.
Charlie Finley, who suggested having Series games at night, may have been thinking only of his pocketbook at the time, but he made a lot of people happy in the process. To follow the regular season and not be able to see the Series would be like never getting dessert after a meal. Thank you, Charlie.