Mister Oh doesn't have to put up with such things as being black and going after a white man's record, jet lag, death threats, constant pressure and having to play in larger ball parks than those of Japan.
Perhaps if Aaron had played in Japan, he wouldn't have to worry about all this foolishness of people talking about how a Chinese-American is going to break his homer record.
One difference between pro baseball in the U.S. and Japan is that extra innings are not played in Japan: instead, ties are included in the standings. A group of us were recently invited to play in a softball tournament while in Japan. We won two of our three games easily, but the third was tied after regulation play. Both teams were brought to home plate where the rival managers played the old paper-rock-scissors game. We lost and were out of the tournament. Amazing!
Joe Namath in blue and gold looks as strange as Tom Seaver in red and white.
When Joe Namath left the Jets he did so without a single tribute from the New York media or the Jets' management—this despite the fact that he brought New York a championship and played in pain, uncomplainingly, for years, while the Jets' management allowed the team to deteriorate around him.
I, for one, am glad to see Joe appreciated by his new fans in Los Angeles.
New York City
As the owner of three feline fleabags I found Bil Gilbert's article on the nasty little critters (I've Got You Under My Skin, Aug. 15) very interesting. Now I know everything" I never wanted to know about them. But what was that article doing in SI? I suggest you put a collar on articles not relating to sports before your magazine turns into a circus.
As much as I idolize Muhammad Ali, I believe it is about time another deserving individual such as Carlos Monzon is given proper recognition, and after 83 fights without a defeat he is indeed deserving (A Star Bows Out, a Star Bows In, Aug. 8). Fine job.
I disagree wholeheartedly with Judith Magruder's letter about the Noll-Atkinson trial (19TH HOLE, Aug. 15).
First, Atkinson is a dirty player. He gave Lynn Swann a concussion, then in the playoffs against New England he broke Russ Francis' nose. Second, Noll didn't cry after he lost the game. Magruder should remember that Noll is the man who brought the Steelers from a 1-13 record to two consecutive Super Bowl victories. Third, she probably dislikes Swann because of his fantastic ability and because he won the 1975 Super Bowl MVP.