How many recent players of relatively small stature would have survived the rigors of one-platoon ball? I am thinking of outstanding collegians like Mike Harkrader ( Indiana), Bill Marek ( Wisconsin), Eric Allen ( Michigan State), Rod Gerald ( Ohio State), Mike Adamle (Northwestern), etc.
I am the father of two budding young athletes, and I hope that if they are skilled as receivers, passers or kickers, but don't possess the talents to play defense, they won't be denied the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of playing football.
Big Ten Service Bureau
WEST CHESTER'S IMAGE
All of us at West Chester State College are gratified that an article about Joe Senser appeared in SI (For Him, It's Better to Receive, Sept. 25). Joe is a fine young man, and his diverse talents deserve national recognition. We are upset, however, at some misconceptions about West Chester that figure prominently in the article and create an unfavorable and demeaning image of this institution. I'd like to correct those misconceptions.
First, West Chester is not a physical education school, as one could easily infer from the article. We do have a School of Health. Physical Education and Recreation, but it is only one—and by no means the largest—of six schools. We have very strong programs in the liberal arts and in many professional fields, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Moreover, we do not "churn out hundreds of phys-ed teachers every year." On the average, we graduate only about 165 physical education majors every year out of a total of approximately 1,300 graduates.
Second, it is unlikely that many students are making cracks about the college library. Only last year, attitude surveys of both students and faculty revealed the library to be one of the most outstanding facilities on campus. The library contains 360,000 bound volumes, and its micromedia collection comprises an additional 350,000 volumes.
Finally, the overall impression created by the article is that we have little to do here but idolize a single athlete. That may be a cute way for a journalist to achieve focus, but it is unpleasant for several thousand of our students to read. I assure you that "the emotional well-being" of West Chester State College does not "hinge on the impending graduation of one football player."
CHARLES G. MAYO
West Chester State College
West Chester, Pa.
Most people don't know about West Chester State College. Why not identify the Rams as the team that lost three straight Pennsylvania Conference championship games to Slippery Rock (1972, 1973 and 1974)? Then they will get some respect.
Slippery Rock State College
Slippery Rock, Pa.
LEFT AND RIGHT
In BASEBALL'S WEEK (Sept. 25) you stated, in effect, that Tom Seaver holds the National League strikeout record of 289. Am I mistaken in the belief that Sandy Koufax holds the modern record with 382 strikeouts, achieved in 1965? And that in 1972, Steve Carlton of Philadelphia notched 310 strikeouts? What's going on?
? Koufax does indeed hold the National League record for strikeouts pitched in one season. Seaver's NL record, which has now been surpassed by Houston's J. R. Richard with 303, was for righthanded pitchers only. Koufax and Carlton are lefthanders.—ED.