I really enjoyed your Baseball Issue (April 12), but it raised a few questions. First, how can Dave Concepcion and Joe Morgan win Gold Glove awards two years in a row ( Morgan won three in a row) and not be the National League's best double-play combination? ( Jim Kaplan says Cash and Bowa are the best!)
Second, Chicago Cub Manager Jim Marshall says, "Second Baseman Manny Trillo [.248] is the best in the league at his position." After saying that, did he happen to glance at your cover photo of Morgan? There's a $200,000 MVP he may have forgotten about.
The Pirates No. 1 in the National League East? I just hope Jim Kaplan doesn't come to Philly. Our town already has one ding-dong with a crack in it. He'd make two.
In his scouting report on the American League East Mark Mulvoy asks many questions concerning the 1976 Red Sox. We wonder if he remembers the number of questions that were asked about last year's Red Sox. During the 1975 regular season, the playoffs and the World Series, the Red Sox proved themselves an unquestionably good team.
Pinch me! Oakland's trading away of Reggie Jackson can't be anything more than a nightmare.
The A's can rid themselves of their sunglasses now, because there are no windows in the cellar.
REDS BADGE OF CONFIDENCE
The article about Joe Morgan (The Little Big Man, April 12) was one of SI's alltime best. Everyone knows Morgan as a complete baseball player, but Mark Mulvoy brought out the fact that he is also a complete person.
Isn't that Superman on your cover?
Thank you for putting Joe Morgan on the cover. If it had been Fred Lynn or Jim Rice, I'd be looking forward to the 1977 season.
After reading your excellent Baseball Issue, I noted two things as being true beyond a shadow of a doubt: 1) Joe Morgan is a great ballplayer; and 2) Joe Morgan won't hesitate to tell you that he is a great ballplayer.