Also, how can Gil Hodges be ignored?
Duke Snider hit 40 or more home runs for five consecutive seasons (1953-57) with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During this same period, the Duke averaged 117 RBIs per season. Such consistency merits Snider membership in the Hall of Fame, along with the other New York centerfielders of his day—Mantle, who is in, and Mays, who surely will make it when he becomes eligible.
Garden City, N.Y.
The writers who overlook Duke Snider are the same guys who would miss Raquel Welch in a crowded elevator.
Creamer did not have to go back before 1900 to find shortstops who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. One of the travesties of the Hall is that the two greatest shortstops of their era, Phil Rizzuto and Pee Wee Reese, have failed to gain election. The closed-mindedness of the voting writers is incredible. This kind of failure is the best justification for continued balloting by the Old-Timers' Committee.
New York City
Are you trying to tell us that Red Schoendienst was as good a fielder as Charlie Gehringer?
HAROLD I. SINGER
Take a Chance (Frank) and put Johnny Mize in his place at first.
Where is Johnny Vander Meer? Besides two no-hitters, he was the National League strikeout leader three times. Or Doc Cramer of the Red Sox? He was a great outfielder in the '30s. Or Larry MacPhail?
The irony of major league baseball today: Creamer described Max Carey's .285 lifetime batting average as "only...above average..." Tommy McCarthy is described as "only a .292 hitter...." How would Mr. Creamer describe Bobby Grich's lifetime average of .261? That mediocrity of that sort is rewarded with a $1.5 million contract speaks poorly of the owners who willingly dish it out at the expense of developing the kind of talent able to hit "only" .292.
Who can argue with the late Philip Wrigley's refusal to pay millions of dollars to the likes of Bobby Grich when he already had so much mediocrity playing for him at cut-rate prices?
LEE S. SIMONSON
THE SEASON AHEAD
I feel that your staff did an excellent job predicting the pennant races in all four divisions (April 11). My predictions were exactly the same. However, you made a big mistake by saying the Yankees wouldn't run away with the division. The Yanks will have at least 105 victories while second-place Boston should have no more than 90.