So what if the singles hitter gets on base a lot? A home-run threat will be walked enough times to get on as often as a hit-for-average player. I am not arguing that Rose, Carew, Garr, etc. are not good men, but I think a power hitter can do more for a team.
TOM VON GUNDEN
SEEING REDS (CONT.)
Until Pete Rose unabashedly barrel ed into Bud Harrelson of the Mets in a divisional playoff game last fall, I had held him in great esteem as an athlete and a gentleman. After that episode, I was convinced he was a mere bully.
However, your revelations (Beware the Dudes in the Red Hats, June 24) of routine uncivilized behavior on the part of Sparky Anderson through much of his career suggest that Rose was only endeavoring to conform to expected norms. A man who confuses a game with warfare and his own barbarous behavior with guerrilla tactics is no credit to baseball. By the Reds' behavior one could conclude that baseball has degenerated to the status of professional hockey where teeth by Woolworth are standard equipment.
My loyalty shifts to Walter Alston & Co.
GORDON C. BAKER
Dan Jenkins suggests that Hale Irwin ( Hale Irwin, Sole Survivor, June 24) may be the first golfer to wear glasses and win the USGA Open Championship. In fact, Irwin is the second to do so. In 1925 Willie MacFarlane wore glasses and beat Bobby Jones for the Open Championship in a 36-hole playoff. A picture of MacFarlane, with glasses, and a report of his fine achievement may be found in the official program for the 1959 Open Championship, which was also held at Winged Foot.
R. C. PALMER
West Hartford, Conn.
As one who once caddied for Chick Evans, I know that the first to win the U.S. Open wearing glasses was Francis Ouimet in 1913. He did this in a playoff, as an unsung amateur, after finishing regulation play in a tie with the visiting British slickers, Harry Vardon (great swing) and Ted Ray (who played wearing a stiff collar and a Norfolk jacket).
LONG BEACH (CONT.)
After reading Ray Kennedy's excellent article (Case 427: Part II—The Payoff, June 17) on the recruiting violations of the Long Beach State basketball and football teams during the past couple of years, I was surprised to read that Abe Lemons, coach and athletic director of Pan American University, was quoted as saying that the Long Beach situation reminded him of "the guy drivin' down the road doin' 60 and everybody else is passin' him goin' 80. And a cop stops the guy and he says, 'Why me?' And the cop says, 'Cause you're easier to catch.' " I can clearly see Mr. Lemons' point of view, but he certainly cannot be trying to justify the actions of Long Beach State by saying that they are not so bad because everyone else is more illegal.
I believe that this whole situation should be cleaned up, starting with the big schools, but if some of the other schools are getting away with what you have been caught doing, that does not make it any less illegal.
The SCORECARD item "Off the Mark" in the June 24 issue regarding the problem of false starting, primarily by sprinters and hurdlers, does not recognize several aspects of the problem. Many starters have a set rhythm � la Lawrence Welk's "a-one, a-two, a-three," which, on the basis of a motor set vs. a sensory set, only encourages false starting. The high school and collegiate rule that the gun be held approximately two seconds after the command "set" is mostly disregarded. The USTFF handbook of track and field, recognizing long-established, valid physical education research, recommends a pause of 1.5 to 1.7 seconds after the command "set." It is surprising how many athletes (and fans) will jump before that. The AAU rule states that the gun should be fired when all contestants are steady, frequently leading to the "on your marks, bang, set" routine used by some eminent starters. It seems to me the real problem is a new breed of U.S. starters who fire a fast gun with no regard to fairness, thus encouraging coaches and athletes to cheat in order to defend themselves against competitors who are doing the same thing.
RALPH E. STEBEN
The false-start controversy (SCORECARD, June 24) could be resolved by using some good old-fashioned horse sense. Simply introduce the sprinters to something their equine brothers and sisters have had to put up with for years: the starting gate.