DH IN THE SERIES
Why does SI charge the National League with intransigence on the subject of the designated hitter (SCORECARD, Aug. 29)? The NL should be praised for its insistence that at least every other year the World Series will be played as the game was designed.
The NL should tell the American League and Bowie Kuhn to stuff the designated-hitter rule. It has prostituted the game. It distorts the records. Wonderful man that Al Kaline may be, he never would have gotten 3,007 hits had he had to play baseball during his entire career. Nor would many other "glorious" records now being set be made were the players playing positions other than designated hitter.
NO MYTHS, PLEASE
You mention "Mekili" Ieremia, the 238-pound Samoan leader of Brigham Young's defense. You say, "He arrived in the States by sailboat, was befriended by a Protestant minister...."
Actually, my son and I met Ieremia while we were filming a documentary on a 60-foot schooner in the Pacific. He joined the crew and eventually came with us to the U.S. However, before the mythmakers at BYU get too carried away, I am not a Protestant minister and Mekeli (which is how he spells his first name) arrived in the U.S. by airplane. Also, he is a tackle, not an end.
New York City