Who is right?
Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
? SI goofed. Blame it on the two extraordinary seasons Newcombe had. In 1955 he was 14-1 at All-Star time and 18-1 by July 31, but he won only twice more that year to finish 20-5. In 1956 he was 10-5 at All-Star time, but won 17 of 19 decisions after that to finish 27-7.—ED.
Mark (The Bird) Fidrych (Cuckoo Over a Rara Avis, July 12) is the best thing to come into baseball in years. How one person, in such a short time, could get a city and the entire baseball world wanting to see him perform is amazing. The Bird is flying high, and there's no telling how high he'll go before the end of the season.
Bay City, Mich.
Mark Fidrych states, "I don't want to get impressed with myself...if that happens, I want somebody to smack me." Then he goes out and selects the William Morris Agency to represent him in advertising and commercial matters.
Will it ever cease?
I did not like Ron Fimrite's subtle put-down of Detroit Pitcher Mark Fidrych. In his article on Randy Jones, Mr. Fimrite says, "Unlike many of his contemporaries, who...perform interminable household chores on the mound... Jones does not shilly-shally between pitches." In case Mr. Fimrite doesn't know, the Bird is a very fast worker, and this "shilly-shallying" has carried Mark to a 10-2 record and the American League's lowest ERA after only two months as a starting pitcher.
A flake he may be, but Fidrych has Tiger fever running higher than it has at any time since October of 1968.
NANCY L. KUHAREVICZ
Fidrych brings to mind the Mad Hungarian, Al Hrabosky of the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the hearts of millions with his unique antics on the mound.
Stevens Point, Wis.
You disappointed me by putting Randy Jones on the cover and sticking Mark Fidrych on page 39. Fidrych should have gotten equal billing.
TOM DE MARTINI
In regard to Curry Kirkpatrick's article on Bjorn Borg's victory over Ilie Nastase at Wimbledon (Great Heavenly Days, July 12), I must take strong exception to the remark, "he didn't overwhelm the Rumanian with talent as much as expose his opponent's jangling nerves."