They used to say "you can't tell the players without a scorecard." Now you need a sales receipt and a canceled check. Baseball's latest deal (Bowie Stops Charlie's Checks, June 28) has proved once again that Charles O. Finley should be sent to the showers. Aristotle Onassis once said that you aren't rich and famous enough until you start messing around with people's playthings (in his case a casino). Well, Charlie O. might be rich and famous but he ain't too bright. Bowie Kuhn made a monumental decision he should be commended for.
If it is fair to judge a man by the enemies he makes, then Bowie Kuhn is a genius. Just imagine, baseball's three leading rinky dinks—Charles Finley, George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin—are all mad at him. What higher praise could the commissioner receive?
South Bound Brook, N.J.
Ron Fimrite's article was excellent on current events but weak on history, both modern and ancient. Oakland did not win "four straight American League pennants." It lost the playoffs in both 1971 and 1975.
Moreover, the statement that "it took Connie Mack several years each time to reduce his 1909-14 and 1927-32 teams to cellar rubble" is clearly erroneous. The Philadelphia A's tumbled from first in 1914 to last place in 1915, losing 109 games; they remained "cellar rubble" for the next six seasons.
BRUCE J. HAVIGHURST
?The A's did tumble from first place in 1914 to eighth in 1915 but not because Mack sold off players. He got rid of only one star, Eddie Collins. Two others, Pitchers Eddie Plank and Chief Bender, jumped to the Federal League, and a third, Home Run Baker, held out all season.—ED.
Today when I watch a baseball game I recognize the players by their attorneys. Now let's get to Mr. Wonderful Commissioner Kuhn. I believe, Mr. Commissioner, that you are starting late if you plan to save baseball from total embarrassment. You should have started last year after beer night at the Cleveland Stadium or when this year's troubles started with the reserve clause and the Andy Messersmith case. A lot of bad things have happened while you have been in office.
Well, just as I expected, diatribes about the Olympic basketball selections have appeared in 19TH HOLE (June 28). It makes me wonder whether the letter writers, particularly Mr. McKone, actually read the article in question, or merely enough of it to support their own views.
If I remember correctly, Dean Smith was only one of 10 coaches who voted on the team, and three of the players he wanted did not make the squad. As for the question of whether seven of the 15 best amateurs in the country are from the ACC, the answer is no. At least five of the best chose not to attend the Trials. This team is merely the best 15 out of the 50 who cared enough to show up.
It is unfortunate that Mr. McKone feels that he must now cheer for Canada, Mexico or Yugoslavia, because that will cause him to lose the pleasure of seeing the gold medal come back to the U.S.
DAVID A. THOMPSON
Frank Fuhrer (Not Nearly as Sweet as He Looks, June 28) may be compared to Charlie Finley—with one exception: Fuhrer explodes when "the integrity of our schedule is at stake," and wonders how people can "take Team Tennis seriously if we rearrange our schedule." Finley, on the other hand, would be less criticized if he demonstrated the same concern for the fans.