CALL TO WORSHIP
Your April 9 baseball issue was most satisfactory reading and especially the Dick Young article on the game (It's Religion, Baby—Not Show Biz).
After having lived and died with the Boston Braves of yesteryear and the Boston Red Sox for the past 50 years only to have my idealism badly shattered by recent revelations that money is the dominant factor, I found it most refreshing to have Mr. Young revive the feeling of the old days, when the home team was the thing and ballplayers were worshiped by the youth of the land as heroes.
I hope all the owners and Marvin Miller read the piece. Perhaps they will discover what has happened to the game since they decided that it was a business.
THOMAS F. MULVOY
In this day of the hot-pants patrol, the gaudy new stadiums, the fireworks spectaculars and the orange baseball, it is reassuring to find Dick Young can still write intelligently about the sport.
A religion it certainly is; and the better your team, the more you believe. Even a last-place team can provide something to root for. Mr. Young stated that a true fan is usually unable to give a reason for his devotion to the home team. He must be right, because without blind loyalty what other reason is there for my following the Phillies for 15 years?
Congratulations to the high priest of baseball, Dick Young. His article expressed my feelings on the game exactly. It is about time the average Joe was represented as a vital member of the baseball congregation.
J. C. LOMBARDI
Shame on Miss Phalon! True, Robert F. Joyce's composition (How To Make a Same for Yourself, April 9) wasn't very factual, but it certainly was not "disgraceful and ridiculous." I found it a fantastic piece of vocabulary work that displays tremendous wit. And his teacher's reaction? "Poorly organized and full of factual, grammatical and spelling errors"—as if he didn't know it!
I have always held the opinion that one can be an academic whiz and still know nothing when it comes to the game of life. Robert will be one of life's winners.
As a teacher and an ex-English major, I was very impressed with Robert's history paper. To put it together, to be able to include the nicknames of all of the teams and at the same time be able to retain some thread of historical sequence and fact is indeed quite a feat.
The response of the teacher is a comment on the state of present education. The kid is original and very clever, yet he doesn't perform within the "acceptable" standards, therefore he fails. And that is education business, unfortunately.
Des Plaines, Ill.