Peter Bavasi says, "The player who says I'll let my bat do the talking is no longer a complete player. If the public loves him, he's got a good argument at contract time. He can say, 'Well, I didn't hit so well, but I did have three fan clubs.' "
That being the case, I don't see why Bavasi doesn't hire Liberace to play center field. I wouldn't expect him to hit very well, but I'm sure he has more than three fan clubs.
CHARLES ALVA HOYT
Your article on the "grand new game" was a fine one but you had better come up with some grand new comparisons. How can you possibly compare the price of a ticket to a major league baseball game with the price of a pro football ticket? Baseball has approximately 150 days of income while football has 14 (not including preseason or postseason activity). It is obvious that football has to charge more. For every football game, baseball has 11.57 games.
In addition to the promotions, the price and—more important—the availability of tickets, the quality of play has finally caught up with the major leagues' burst of expansion in the 1960s.
The lowly Chicago Cubs will easily draw more than a million people this year. That is remarkable, considering the Cubs play all day games, have no giveaways or gimmicks, have poor parking facilities and televise all home games. What the Cubs have going for them is beautiful Wrigley Field and a loyal fandom.
I thought your cover was one of the most sensational you have ever had. Some minor leagues are even showing signs of prospering again. Here in Jackson, Miss., after an absence of 21 years, professional baseball has returned with the AA Texas League. The Jackson Mets, affiliated with the New York Mets, have averaged more than 1,500 fans per game despite the fact that half of their games were played in the hot Southern summer daylight because the lights for the new stadium were not ready when the season opened.
So many people—young, old, rich, poor—have discovered the fun of baseball. It is good cheap entertainment, and as long as people continue to have a good time at the old (new) ball park, minor league ball will do very well in cities like Jackson.
City of Jackson
THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
The article on lightning by Robert F. Jones (An Awesome Light Touch, Aug. 4) was both interesting and instructive. But the author should have made known the fact that seemingly lifeless victims of lightning strikes (especially victims of the most common occurrence, indirect lightning "splash") should not be considered dead, even if no pulse can be detected. Heart action and respiration stop instantly when a person is struck, but they can be restored by cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After a pulse is detected, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should be continued for as long as it takes the victim to breathe on his own.
There is evidence that in a typical lightning "death," heart action restarts spontaneously, albeit weakly, but respiration does not restart unassisted; thus the victim dies needlessly from lack of oxygen. Perhaps if this information were more widely disseminated many lives could be saved.
G. FREDRIC REYNOLDS
?Medical experts suggest that closed-chest cardiac massage be started immediately rather than wait for the heart to recover on its own.—ED.