Your article on the Phillies was great (Off on a Rampage, Aug. 29), but you were wrong when you said George Foster is the only one who seems likely to challenge Greg Luzinski for MVP. You should have said Greg Luzinski is the only one who seems likely to challenge George Foster for MVP!
Pittsburgh's Dave Parker has a better batting average, more hits, more doubles, more triples, more runs scored, more extra-base hits and more total bases than Luzinski. Parker has as good a shot at MVP as anyone.
The Phillies cover story is just what we Pirate fans have been waiting for. Go get 'em, SI jinx!
I don't care about that jinx. In May last year you had a cover on Mike Schmidt, and the Phillies went on to win the Eastern Division. Carlton and McCarver will keep them on top this year.
Fort Washington, Pa.
An article on the Phils without mentioning the best shortstop in baseball, Larry Bowa, is like SI without pictures.
You played down the role of Bob Boone.
You forgot Jay Johnstone, who happens to be hitting .291 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs.
Lou Brock is not just a fine ballplayer but a fine gentleman as well (Make Way for the Sultan of Swipes, Aug. 22). He exudes class. He did in 17 seasons what it took Cobb 24 seasons to do. Brock still is one of the most exciting players around.
East St. Louis, Ill.
Thank you for Jonathan Yardley's wonderful article about Ring Lardner (Everybody Knew Me Al!, Aug. 29). Lardner was Holden Caulfield's favorite author (next to his brother) in Catcher in the Rye and that's good enough for me.
Wouldn't it be great to have a man of Lardner's caliber doing the Game of the Week broadcasts instead of the clowns we have today?
SUSAN B. LENES
New Milford, N.J.