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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
August 22, 1977
BIRD CALLSSir:Thanks for the fine article by Larry Keith on the Baltimore Orioles (Revival and Survival, Aug. 8). And an extra thanks for keeping them off your cover, which has been known to jinx many a pennant contender.BRUCE LANCASTER Baton Rouge
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August 22, 1977

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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BIRD CALLS
Sir:
Thanks for the fine article by Larry Keith on the Baltimore Orioles (Revival and Survival, Aug. 8). And an extra thanks for keeping them off your cover, which has been known to jinx many a pennant contender.
BRUCE LANCASTER
Baton Rouge

Sir:
Thank you, Mr. Keith. It is about time the talent of Earl Weaver was appreciated. Now maybe the front office can work a deal to bring back Frank Robinson as a player.
JAY TURNER
Santa Ana, Calif.

Sir:
The Orioles and Yankees are battling for second place because the Red Sox are going all the way.
KARL HEDLUND
Beaverton, Ore.

Sir:
Baltimore lacks the potent offense of the Red Sox and Yankees. By the end of the season they should end up third, behind second-place New York and first-place Boston.
BILL ROCHE
Dedham, Mass.

Sir:
"Billy [Martin] is going to be fired at the end of the year no matter what he does or how well the team plays."

This is very distressing, especially for a Yankee fan. The firing of the best manager in baseball would be the worst mistake Gabe Paul and George Steinbrenner could make.
DOT HORNER
Manasquan, N.J.

Sir:
If the Orioles win the division, maybe Steinbrenner will finally learn his lesson: buying free agents does not a pennant make.
MARK MAGHAKIAN
Bronx, N.Y.

Sir:
My nomination for Rookie of the Year is Eddie Murray, the biggest Yankee killer since General Robert E. Lee.
JIM OWEN
Madison, Wis.

BILL DUE
Sir:
How can you have the gall in your Aug. 8 issue to name as Player of the Week someone other than Bill Robinson? As you well know, Robinson had four home runs, two of them grand slams. He also had 13 RBIs. Many players do not have two grand slams in their career, let alone two in three days. Granted, Jim Barr pitched two shutouts in the week, but Robinson's achievement is truly remarkable. I am deeply disappointed and trust you will choose more carefully in the future.
KEN STRINGERT
Pittsburgh

Sir:
Jim Barr's two shutouts were impressive, but he had nowhere near the week, nor the season, that Bill Robinson has had. Robinson's underrated clutch play has gone unnoticed all season, and that's too long.
RICHARD DALRYMPLE
Pittsburgh

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