Your article on Jeff Burroughs (Reborn in a Brave New World, May 9) was inspiring to a Braves' fan like myself. Burroughs will knock in the runs but the Braves' pitching will have to come around before Burroughs can become a game-winner. When you're getting beat 23-9, one player is not going to be able to carry the load. But despite what's been happening lately, the Braves do have potentially fine pitching with Andy Messersmith, Dick Ruthven and the veteran Phil Niekro. So look out for the Braves if they start pitching well.
As a Texas Ranger fan, I am glad to see Burroughs doing well in the National League. The trade that sent him to Atlanta was good for both clubs. Jeff would not be having that kind of season in Arlington Stadium simply because the wind there had him psyched out.
HE WUZ ROBBED
Jim Kaplan is wrong in asserting that Baltimore Outfielder Tom Shopay's home run against Detroit was his first in the major leagues (BASEBALL'S WEEK, May 9). In fact, Shopay hit two for the Yankees as a rookie in 1967. What could be meaner than taking away two home runs from a guy who only has three in 10 years?
I think the man in the article At the Other End of the Rainbows (April 25) is kind of strange. Any person who would stand in the street outside a ball park, just to catch home runs, is missing something. I can understand the feeling you get catching a home run hit by one of the big names in baseball, but when it comes to catching a ball and maybe getting hit by a car, I'd much rather have a ball player just autograph a piece of paper for me.
ON THE PLUS SIDE
I'd like to know where Peter Gammons got his information about plus-minus figures (Stating Their Case, May 9). He says that Larry Robinson of Montreal was plus-107 (when he was on the ice, the Canadiens scored 107 more goals than they gave up), which is probably true, considering he played most of his time behind the Lafleur-Shutt-Lemaire line. However, Gammons also says that "the next best defenseman in the ratings finished with a plus-47." My understanding is that Moose Dupont of the Flyers was plus-59 for the season. Who's right?
Drexel Hill, Pa.
? Robinson finished the season at plus-120, ahead of teammate Serge Savard at plus-79. Dupont was fourth with plus-57.—ED.
ON THE TRACK
In your article on the Drake Relays (A New Generation of Blues Fans, May 9), you slight a fine athlete, sprinter-hurdler Mike Roberson. Granted, Harvey Glance and Johnny Jones have earned their world-class recognition. However, Roberson is co-holder of the national high school record in the 120 highs of 13.2, but he also was co-holder of the high school record for the 220-yard dash at 20.6. In addition, he ran a 9.2 100-yard dash—all of this during his senior year in high school. Furthermore, how could Roberson's victory in the 100 meters over Glance and Jones be described as "unfortunate"? With Roberson's credentials, I doubt he will "fade out of the sprint scene." Why blame his rising to the occasion on the Drake Relays Blues?
Elon College, N.C.
Mike Berlin certainly did look like a pro at Firestone (Shark Attack at the Riviera, May 9). But he did not pick off the 3-6-10 split because the 3-6-10 is not a split.
Congratulations to Robert Cantwell for an excellent article and an overdue tribute to a remarkable athlete, Cecil Smith (The Cowboy Who Showed 'Em, May 9). I became a polo fan while living in the Chicago area and heard many stories of Smith's achievements from aficionados at the U.S. Polo Association and the Butler Sports Complex, both located in Oak Brook, Ill. Here's hoping Mr. Cantwell and SI will cover the Gould Cup matches next fall. Polo fans will be forever grateful.
NEIL J. WERTHMANN
I am an avid hiker, but my mountain-climbing aspirations are strictly vicarious. Naturally I was drawn to the photograph of K2 and the accompanying article by Galen Rowell (The High Road to Failure, May 2).