I'm sick and tired of hearing all the nonsense about how New York bought the championship and what a disgrace the Yankees are to baseball. The truth of the matter is that the Yankees won because they fought hard on the playing field until the end. They are champions because of an owner, George Steinbrenner, who is concerned about pleasing the fans, a manager, Billy Martin, who is the best in the business, and a bunch of hard-nosed players who came through despite the pressure put on them by the media.
WILLIAM KIMBALL JR.
How much longer is the baseball establishment going to allow frustrated offensive linemen like Hal McRae and Graig Nettles to assault defenseless infielders. I am refering to flagrantly abusive tactics during the American League playoffs in which neither of these players showed more than a passing interest in touching second base, their prime concern being to dismantle the man covering the base (A Series Full of Flip-Flops, Oct. 17). A hard, aggressive slide is one thing, but blocking and tackling have no place on a baseball field.
When Pete Rose, with elbows flying, does it, it is called hustling. When just about anyone else does it, it is called hustling. But when Hal McRae dares to do it against the mighty Yankees it is immediately called dirty. Haying watched many collisions at second base in which the runner has gone two or three feet either side of the base to make contact, I thought McRae's slide was just about perfect. The instant replay showed Randolph's foot coming off the bag as McRae, going directly over the bag, hit him. I call that hustling.
Thank you for spreading the word about the survey and report on trampoline injuries by Dr. Harvey Kravitz of the American Academy of Pediatrics (SCORECARD, Oct. 17). In 1960, at a summer camp, I broke my neck on a trampoline exactly in the manner described by Dr. Kravitz. Pure luck and a skilled surgeon at the Mayo Clinic allowed me to survive without permanent paralysis.
The dangers of the trampoline have been publicized before, but never with success. Surely, with the knowledge of this survey, any school or camp will be negligent if it allows children in its care to use a trampoline.
JOEL D. BRONSTEIN
St. Petersburg, Fla.
My aversion to this particular type of sport or exercise became intense after I had seen three vigorous young athletes suddenly transformed into vegetating paralytics as a result of all-too-common trampoline accidents.
Let's hope the report of the pediatricians will come to the attention of all the various organizations now concerned with the medical aspects of sports. Down with the trampoline!
WILLIAM J. RYAN, M.D.
New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Certainly no one wants to see anyone seriously hurt, especially when the injury results from an activity that is supposed to provide enjoyment. But where do you stop? It is no secret that football players also suffer paralyzing—even fatal—injuries. Is it not "just plain logic" to ban that game as well? The same goes for boxing, wrestling, swimming (people drown), jogging (people get hit by cars), golf (people have heart attacks), etc. I suspect there is not one sport in which, if you looked hard enough, you couldn't find instances of participants being severely injured or killed. Do we ban all sports? Do we ban all playground equipment? Is there not an element of personal choice, personal freedom involved?
East Brunswick, N.J.
Contrary to Dr. Kravitz, I feel that with correct supervision the trampoline is a tremendous asset to any physical-education program in developing body awareness, coordination, agility, balance and many physical skills. I am, however, in favor of the certification of trampoline instructors.
The trampoline was used early in the development of our space program as a training device for astronauts. It is used as a learning aid for students with perceptual motor problems (The Slow Learner in the Classroom by Newell Carlyle Kephart). To ban the trampoline would be a great disservice to these children. The trampoline is also used by many divers and skiers to facilitate their learning of various techniques.