EL PASO WHIZ
Jim Paul might be a good general manager (Bananas in the Bushes, Sept. 12), but it seems to me that anyone who thinks that baseball is boring doesn't deserve to be the owner of a baseball team.
What's so special about Jim Paul? Arkansas Travelers' GM Bill Valentine has proven himself a master of promotion in drawing crowds of more than 6,000 to a park smaller than El Paso's. There have been several nights on which Little Rock outdrew the Atlanta Braves. Kazoo Night is no stranger to Little Rock, either.
Little Rock, Ark.
What about some credit for the great baseball fans of Columbus, Ohio? Under General Manager George Sisler, the seventh-place Clippers of the International League drew more than 450,000, the first time a Triple A club has accomplished this feat since 1970.
Sonny Werblin (Miracle in the Meadows, Sept. 12) is the greatest person to come into the State of New Jersey since a guy named George Washington crossed the Delaware.
Mr. Werblin made some foolish statements, like, "There's no more New York." I say, try telling 7� million of the greatest people in the world that New York doesn't exist. It's snakes in the grass like Werblin that wreck America's national shrines (the cities). Mr. Werblin, I hope you sink in the swamp.
New York City
TRACK AND FIELD
Reading Kenny Moore's article, The Cup Turned Into a Coup (Sept. 12), something bothered me: How could Cuba's Alberto Juantorena protest a race and have it run over again? So he didn't hear the starter's gun go off. That's tough. Remember the 1972 Munich Olympics?
When, through no fault of their own, American sprinters Eddie Hart and Rey Robinson missed their quarterfinals in the 100 because their coach was using an out-of-date schedule, they didn't get a second chance. I guess it just depends on which country you're from.
You say that Jacek Wszola of Poland won the high jump at the European team-selection meet. Actually, Rolf Beilschmidt won, but being from East Germany, which had its own team in the World Cup, he was ineligible for Team Europe. Wszola, who was second, thereby made the team. Beilschmidt also won the event in the World Cup, beating, among others, Dwight Stones and Wszola.
Also, I was slightly surprised that you did not mention Francie Larrieu-Lutz' fine 1,500-meter run (a very close second). Jan Merrill (third place) didn't do too badly in the 3,000 either.
? Merrill's American record of 8:46.6 was noted in FOR THE RECORD.—ED.