Melvin Maddocks' article on Carlton Fisk (The New England Grit of Mr. Fisk, July 30) was one of the finest I have read in your magazine. Fisk is the best catcher in the American League right now and in a couple of years he will be better than "you know who" from the Cincinnati Reds. If the Red Sox win the pennant, which they have a good chance of doing, Fisk would be at the head of the line to win the MVP award. And no one deserves it more than that young hustler from New England.
It was really far out to find that I read the same books and see the same movies as Carlton Fisk, and I suffer from insomnia, too! If these are the makings of a great catcher—here I come.
Melvin Maddocks should check his facts more carefully. I'm referring to his paragraph on New England catchers, and Birdie Tebbetts in particular.
According to him, Birdie came from Burlington, Vt., when as a matter of fact he was actually born and brought up here in Nashua, N.H.
We don't have many big-league players from Nashua and want to be sure we get credit for those we do have.
EILEEN E. PHIPPARD
? Tebbetts was born in Burlington Nov. 10, 1909. His family moved to Nashua when he was a boy.—ED.
Is grit a characteristic found only in New England catchers? An uneducated baseball fan would gather as much by reading Melvin Maddocks' story.
But what about Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees, another bright young catcher? With all due regard to the New England grit of Mr. Fisk, he certainly does not monopolize all the catching talent in the American League.
As of July 29 Munson led Fisk in average .305 to .271. Even though Munson has hit fewer home runs, he leads in RBIs. Maddocks made a big deal about Fisk's all-star statistics, which are certainly impressive, but he failed to mention that they are second to those of Munson. Fisk batted more but Munson has more hits. As a result he has scored more runs. Munson is also one of the fastest catchers in baseball. Munson has done all this while coming from Ohio and bringing with him a bundle of grit—the Midwest variety.
Bobby Riggs (All the World's a Stage, July 30) is highly controversial and he has rubbed a lot of people of both sexes the wrong way. But for all his possible faults he has gotten many middle-aged and old men out of their easy chairs and onto a tennis court or jogging track or into a swimming pool. For this reason, and this reason alone, Bobby Riggs can do no wrong.
DOUGLAS R. HOLM