Maybe the major league baseball season is not supposed to be a 100-yard dash, but a good start sure helps (In L.A. It's Up, Up and Away with Cey, May 16). I can guarantee Sparky Anderson and the Reds that the Dodgers will not blow it this year. With Tom Lasorda at the helm and Ron Cey batting cleanup, the Dodgers are the 77 world champions.
It's where you finish, not where you start. Come September, the Big Red Machine will be in its usual position—ahead of the Dodgers.
Your otherwise fine article has one flaw. On page 25 there is a picture of Lasorda hugging a player you identify as Dusty Baker. Lasorda is offering congratulations to none other than Reggie Smith, who wears No. 8 on the back of his batting helmet, and not Baker, whose number is 12.
You say that the Dodgers' record, 22-4, ranks among the best in baseball history. I agree. I also feel the 1958 Yankees, whose record was 23-5 (.821), also deserve to be recognized in the same class as that of the '46 Red Sox and the Dodgers of' 55 and '77.
HARLAN E. OSBORNE
The Dodgers' 10 consecutive victories at the start of the 1955 season were a major league record, which still stands. The Pirates share the record, having won their first 10 games in 1962.
TRAVIS Q. LYDAY
Recognition should also be given the 1966 Cleveland Indians who won 10 games in a row at the start of the season. The Indians, managed by Birdie Tebbetts, failed to win the pennant, wallowing in fifth place at season's end with an 81-81 record, 17 games behind Baltimore.
WHITE HOT SOX
Thank you for the article on Richie Zisk and the White Sox (Old Uniforms, New Sox. May 16). I have been a Sox fanatic for 23 years and the experience has been, to say the least, trying.
Through it all, I have remained loyal. But if Bill Veeck does not sign Zisk, and Richie leaves the Sox, I will discard my bumper sticker, yearbook and. Yes, even my 6" x 9" photo of Luke Appling.
It is a great tribute to major league baseball that, in this era of squabbling over contracts and playing time, the White Sox are playing ball because they want to play ball, and not because they want money and fame. On top of that, they are winning.
I come from Chicago and have always been a Cubs' fan, but this year I'm really proud of the other Chicago team.
STEVEN C.S. WITCZAK
College Park, Md.