Why don't we have a statistic in football similar to the one in baseball, which tabulates errors by receivers?
I hate to see a quarterback listed as having completed 1 of 10 passes when three balls have been plain dropped.
CHARLES L. HILL
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Your article on Dave Rozema (The Rose Has Bloomed, Aug. 29) was great. The Tiger rookie deserved some recognition. But I think it is inexcusable to leave Bob Bailor of the Blue Jays off your list of American League Rookie of the Year candidates while including Bump Wills, Eddie Murray and Mitchell Page. Bailor has the best average of all the regular rookies in the league (.320) and is playing a good center field. He has been in the top 10 in batting since the beginning of the season and should have been on this year's All-Star team. At the All-Star break he was second in batting to Rod Carew.
What about Detroit's Steve Kemp? As a rookie in his first full season, he has 18 home runs, 82 RBIs, and a solid .261 average as the Tigers' cleanup hitter, and he has made but four errors in the outfield. By these stats, I would say that Kemp is the leading candidate.
In your NASL preview (April 11) you wrote: "Coach Jimmy Gabriel of the Seattle Sounders is trying an experiment that could assure him of the basement in the division." The experiment called for the use of Americans and "modestly talented foreigners." But the experiment paid off! One of the Americans, Jim McAlister, won the 1977 Rookie of the Year award, while two of our "modestly talented foreigners," Mel Machin and Mike England, made the NASL All-Star first team, with Jimmy Robertson getting honorable mention.
This was no surprise to the fans of the Sounders, who took the Pacific Division and went on to play the millionaire Cosmos in Soccer Bowl '77.
They lost, but that's not bad for a team assured of the basement!
Although his records have been erased (Bottom Was Up To Topping a Mark, Sept. 5), Mark Spitz' memorable performance in the '72 Olympics at Munich will never be forgotten by anyone who saw it.
The story about Alberto Juantorena (El Caballo Is Off and Running, Aug. 29) should have been shortened and printed in your FOR THE RECORD section. I'm tired of hearing about the special treatment given Russian, East German and Cuban athletes. Our '72 Olympic champions, Vincent Matthews (400 meters) and Dave Wottle (800 meters), weren't supplied with cars and houses. And Cuba's Teofilo Stevenson, what kind of hero is he? Why hasn't he fought Ali, Norton or Frazier?
As an industrial engineer I found Gideon's Magic Machine (Aug. 22) fascinating. Although it wasn't mentioned, I hope that Dr. Ariel's vision of the future includes exploring the use of his techniques in physical therapy and the design of orthopedic devices. The knowledge gained from the functioning of healthy athletes might be an invaluable aid to the injured and handicapped. The design of an improved high-jump shoe might be the first step toward a scientifically designed orthopedic shoe.