Leon Spinks' life-style, as described by Bruce Newman, is not much different from mine, except that I do my drinking and carousing on a much smaller income. In this respect Leon is no different from many young, affluent kids, and Newman's account of his carousing made enjoyable reading until I remembered that Spinks is the heavyweight champion. That's why it was refreshing to turn the page and read about a true champion, the Phillies' Larry Bowa (The Little Big Man for the Phillies).
Union City, Tenn.
Thank you for your fine article on the proposed Carlos Palomino-Pipino Cuevas welterweight bout (A Welter of Welters, July 31). It is indeed unfortunate that two such gifted fighters are going begging for a televised title match. A purse of $500,000 is paltry in comparison to the extravagant sums paid to heavyweights. Networks seem misguided in their willingness to pay for poundage rather than for skill.
I am disgusted that you have written an article suggesting pairing Pipino Cuevas (WBA champ) and Carlos Palomino (WBC champ) before either has met Pete Ranzany. Ranzany has been one of the top contenders in the welterweight class for the past two or three years. Palomino and his people have been avoiding Ranzany even though he has proved himself worthy time and again. Ranzany is not just a hurdle for Cuevas or Palomino or anyone. He will beat Cuevas, and then maybe Palomino will have to fight our man from Sacramento.
MICHAEL V. RUSSELL
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Speaking of interesting trades (19TH HOLE, July 24), wouldn't Rollie Fingers for Jim Palmer be a handy deal? The Pirates would get burned in a Candelaria-Eastwick deal, and Mickey Rivers and Henry Cruz should be shipped to the Mariners.
Atlanta's Pat Rockett should have been shot over to the Houston Astros instead of to Richmond, and Ted Turner may want to move Rowland Office from centerfield to ticket manager.
The Reds should flag down Frank White and Vida Blue, and Ivan DeJesus should wing his way to the Angels.
The Cubs should pick up Doug Bair from Cincinnati, and they'd better hang on to Dennis Lamp since Wrigley Field has no lights. Because everyone says Jose Cardenal is a hot dog, shouldn't he play for Chicago Manager Herman Franks?
Green Bay, Wis.
Would sending Dave Kingman to the Royals be a crowning success? Wouldn't Glenn Abbott be a natural on the Padres? What about Barry Foote going to the White Sox? Wouldn't Jim Kaat be a winner with the Tigers? Perhaps. But in this day and age, the best way to get a Champion ( San Diego) is to use Money ( Milwaukee).
?Oops! All trades off. Champion was sent down to the minors on June 6.—ED.