On a good night Mike Marshall's screwball is practically untouchable. On any night his right arm is nearly invulnerable. His brain is awash with original and enlightening thoughts. He is the manager's dream and the public relations man's nightmare. He doesn't drink or smoke or kick doggies. Truly he is an amazing man. How come I can't shake the feeling that in the game of life Mike Marshall is still in the bullpen?
Mike Marshall luckily has been endowed with the ability to effectively throw a baseball. More power to him. But he has spent too much time among the academicians. I admire that he does not smoke or drink, but to deny the common courtesy of an autograph—that's bad.
Mt. Vernon, Ill.
I agree 100% with Mike Marshall when he says, "Just watching me perform does not give someone the right to steal my time off the field and thrust himself upon me." A lot of fans forget that pro athletes are people; they don't belong to the fan, but to themselves and their families. They deserve a little privacy.
Thank you for the fine article on Mike Marshall. I also took a course from Mike at MSU when he was only 24, and I could tell then that he was a truly remarkable person. He was still trying to become a big-league shortstop at the time, and I recall he had some interesting theories on hitting as well.
Part 2 of Roy Blount Jr.'s article on the Steelers (A Strange Kind of Love, Aug. 5) left something to be desired. In particular, I strongly object to Mr. Blount's description of a "prototypical Steeler fan" as a hard-drinking mine or mill worker. Assuredly, these fans are many in number, but they do not represent all Steeler fans. Pittsburgh is still an industrial city, but not the same one of the early 1900s. Some of the country's largest corporations call Pittsburgh their home, and executives of these companies are also Steeler fans.
On any given Sunday in Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh fans are loud and noisy and do their share of drinking and name-calling, but I'm sure a similar condition exists on that same Sunday afternoon in many other stadiums across the United States.
MRS. RICHARD V. SHORT
Being a Steeler fan for many years, I know what kind of love Roy Blount was referring to. Pittsburghers take a special kind of pride in the Steelers, whether they win or lose. We are devoted fans. It is not a small portion of Pittsburgh that loves the Steelers, but the whole of it.
I want to thank Roy Blount. I have never before read an article that so thoroughly examines the personality of a team—its management, its players and its fans.
We have beaten Gary Davidson to the formation of a league in a previously untouched sport. Our World Pool League will open late this month. During the first season we will operate with four franchises distributed throughout our hometown, Forest Grove, Ore. (pop. 10,000). Owners, besides ourselves, include Keith Pollock and Hans Holznagel.
Thus far no team colors or uniform designs have been announced by any of our teams. Mark Bunker will serve as commissioner, as it is his pool table.