Your article points out something very unfair. Bill Buckner comes in a little bit too hard at second base in that Reds-Dodgers series, almost kicking Joe Morgan in the face, and they end up fighting. How is it that Pete Rose can do virtually the same thing only to be booed all across the nation while Buckner is criticized not at all? I think fans all over the country owe Rose an apology.
So Ron Fimrite is already making excuses for the Dodgers (Seeing Red in Dodger Stadium
, Aug. 19). History will repeat itself. The Cincinnati Reds, behind their hustling leader Pete Rose, will be the National League West champions.
JAMES MADDEN JR.
Hickory Corners, Mich.
The Big Red Machine will need a lot of fuel to overtake the Dodgers, and with gas around 60� a gallon, I'd say the Dodgers are still the best bet in the West.
PRIDE OF TAIWAN
Thanks for your article Going to Bat for Taiwan
(Aug. 19). Being an ardent parent of two Little Leaguers I was certain Taiwan loaded its teams with All-Stars before sending them to this country to humiliate our boys. I eagerly read your article to confirm my suspicions. Alas, I was wrong! They are a fine group of dedicated fellows.
It was an excellent article, but you failed to mention that besides C. K. Yang and our Little League baseball teams, we people of Taiwan are also proud of Miss Chi Cheng, Golfer Lu Liang-huan, our girls' basketball teams and our bridge team, even though the latter has been defeated by America's Aces and Italy's Blue Team.
Peter Carry quoted in Chinese the presumably colorful remarks of the Taiwanese Little League mother who, armed with an umbrella, "strode onto the diamond" and engaged in "fierce debate" with the umpires, but he neglected to give us a translation. Just what do "[Chinese characters]" and "[Chinese characters]" mean? Or must those expletives be deleted?
?"[Chinese characters]" means, "Your eyes are blinded." "[Chinese characters]", while not uncommon, is best left to the imagination.—ED.
Your fine article on the recent dominance of the Taiwan Little League teams points up a rather discouraging fact. U.S. athletes of all ages, once No. 1 in many sports, are yielding their superiority to foreigners, In basketball, Little League baseball, diving and junior wrestling we have fallen behind. Perhaps complacency has set in. Whatever the case, we had better not continue to count out foreign competition as we seemingly have been doing these past few years.
Thanks to Mark Mulvoy for the fine article on Umpire Ron Luciano (He Calls 'Em as He Feels 'Em, Aug. 19). It's about time some recognition was given to the men whose job is one of the toughest in all of sport, and Luciano handles that job in exceptional fashion. It is well worth the price of admission, just to see him waving his arms wildly half a dozen or more times on a close safe call at the plate.
I was disappointed four years ago when Emmett Ashford, another colorful ump, retired, but it's good to see Luciano carrying on where Ashford left off. Indeed, I wish there were more umps like Luciano and Ashford throughout baseball, for they would add much excitement to the game.
D. M. SMITH
Murray Hill, N.J.