Contrary to Clif and Claf's opinions, New Englanders do appreciate George "Boomer" Scott. Most Bostonians are rejoicing over the Boomer's triumphant return to Fenway. Any player who hits more than 20 home runs in half a season should not be condemned just because he makes a few miscues in the field. Come September, when the Boomer wears the home-run crown, Clif and Claf will see who is laughing last.
TIMOTHY C. REGAN
CHARLES WISEMAN II
The fifth boom at the top of page 11 must have been an opposite-field shot. It obviously has no sense of direction.
Who gives a hoot how many homers the Red Sox hit? Who cares who chews tobacco best? The real sports action of late has been in Chicago—the amazing Cubs, with the best record in baseball but with not a whole lot of overpriced talent, and the hard-hitting and rising White Sox, with a cast of retreads, yet winners nonetheless.
Clarendon Hills, Ill.
So Announcer Joe Tait thinks he has to attack Frank Robinson's mental capacity (An Indian Tomahawked, July 4). I'd spot Tait 19 points in an IQ test against Robinson. This assumes, of course, that Tait could read the test in the first place.
If writer Joe Jares needed a reason why Frank Robinson was "tomahawked." he supplied it himself. The answer Robinson gave to Joe Tait's accusations contained the fundamental reason for Robinson's departure. In so many words, he called the Indians a "no talent" team. To say this at that time means Robinson must have felt that way while he was managing. No wonder there was unrest and bickering among the players.
It was common knowledge to Cleveland fans that Phil Seghi wanted Robinson fired last year but was hamstrung by the owner. As for Tait, he is a quality announcer. What he said was his opinion and I admire his courage and honesty—qualities that are rarely shown by anyone on any network. As far as broadcasting goes, they are all shills.
GARY A. LIMBACHER
Regarding the William Leggett article on ABC's coverage of the U.S. Open (At the Open, No News Was Bad News, July 4), I could not disagree more strongly with his judgment that withholding news of the death threat to Hubert Green was "bad journalism."
Considering the effect that reporting the threat would almost certainly have had on the galleries and the players—and perhaps on the nut who made the threat—I believe we witnessed not "bad journalism" but that increasingly rare phenomenon, responsible journalism.
BETH VAN ANTWERP
It's about time you recognized Ted Turner for the sportsman he is (Staging a Battle Royal on the Briny, July 4). How many other sportsmen are there that compete in the America's Cup, own a baseball team (the Braves), a basketball team (the Hawks) and have the support of practically an entire city ( Atlanta)?
Will Ted Turner dig a hole in Atlanta and race sailboats there next season? The only way Atlanta ever will win anything is if Turner brings the Courageous back home after it wins the cup.