I enjoyed very much your article on the Swedish players in the NHL (New Immigration Policy: Sign a Swede, Oct. 29). I suppose one could call Borje Salming, Inge Hammarstrom, Tommie Bergman and Tord Lundstrom the Four Norsemen of the Ap-hockey-lypse.
HEROES AND GOATS
I noticed in your Oct. 29 article Mutiny and a Bounty that Reggie Jackson was named MVP of the World Series, which was no surprise to me. I knew when I saw him interviewed beforehand that if he got a hit and caught a fly ball, he would make it. I am not taking anything away from Jackson—he is a fine ballplayer—but whoever picked the MVP overlooked several fine players who had a much better Series than he. What did Campaneris, Fingers, Knowles, Staub, McGraw and Harrelson do wrong? And who made up the rule that the MVP had to be on the winning team?
In his interesting description of the World Series William Leggett mentioned the fact that there was no complete game pitched by either side. For that matter, neither was there a complete game pitched in the 1972 Series, when the same Oakland A's vanquished the Cincinnati Reds. The last pitcher to turn in a complete game was Steve Blass of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who achieved this elusive distinction in the seventh game of the 1971 Series on Oct. 17 by beating the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 2-1 for the championship. Also, the Pirates were the last National League club to win the Series.
WILLIAM F. O'BRIEN
Dastardly as Charles Finley's firing of Mike Andrews was, it was not an unprecedented act in baseball history. In 1909 Barney Dreyfuss of the Pirates fired Bill Abstein after the World Series for striking out 10 times. Now, with that incident out of the way, we can watch Finley hold Dick Williams to his contract � la George Halas-George Allen. Baseball needs more men like Mike Andrews and fewer men like Finley.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
SUN DEVIL COACH
Congratulations to Ray Kennedy for his fine article revealing the coaching philosophy of Frank Kush at Arizona State (Kush Means Push and Rush and Crush, Oct. 22). Too few collegiate coaches strive to teach mental toughness, and consequently many players never show their full potential on the field. The dull hours of hitting., running and sweating make winning football seasons—and All-Americas like Woody Green and Danny White. Teaching discipline through adversity is a special talent of Kush's. Most coaches will never reach the height he has attained at Arizona State.
ALAN E. MUSHEN
Ray Kennedy's article was just great but long overdue. Frank Kush has been doing his thing at ASU since 1955, and he has been doing it the only way he knows how—fair and hard. Every year your magazine consistently rates ASU to finish below the Top 10, and consistently you come up on the short end of a first down. Follow the sun to Sun Devil country and see what exciting football is really all about.
Fort Benning, Ga.
DH IN REVIEW
For the first time since the inauguration of divisional playoffs, I found the American League's series more interesting than the National's. Although I can cite a number of reasons for this change in preference, the main reason is the addition of the designated hitter. When this new rule is studied, one thing stands out: the change benefits both the offense and the defense. Moving the hash-marks in professional football aided the offense. The elimination of the zone defense in professional basketball also enhanced the effectiveness of the offense. The designated hitter, on the other hand, aids the defense by allowing the starting pitcher to remain in the game longer, while the offense also benefits from having a hitter replace the poor-swinging pitcher in the batting lineup. I hope the National League will adopt the designated hitter for the 1974 or 1975 season even though the three-year trial period will not yet have ended.
EDWARD B. WHEELFR
UNDERRATED REFS (CONT.)
As a former basketball referee, coach and player, I especially enjoyed Peter Carry's article "The Highest Accolade Is Silence" (Oct. 15). This type of controlled officiating, whereby most technicalities are overlooked unless the player gains an unfair advantage, was, I believe, originated in the Big Ten by John Schommer and Nick Kearns. And just the opposite of NBA Referee Darrell Garretson's browbeating tactics was exercised by a National League baseball umpire turned basketball referee, Ernest Quigley, who officiated in the national AAU championships in Kansas City some years ago. When he detected an infraction, he followed his whistle tooting with the remark, "You can't do that!" The accused generally was so amused that he graciously accepted the penalty.
All officials in every sport, I am sure, appreciate a slight grunt of approval from the losers even more than a thousand accolades from the winner.
DICK BUTZEN SR.
Fond du Lac, Wis.