Pete Ashlock should be a hero in Orlando, but the city, the county and the local newspapers, the Sentinel and Evening Star, won't let him be one. Even Philadelphia 76er star Darryl Dawkins, who comes from Orlando, is virtually unknown here. Only Mickey Mouse is a celebrity in this non-sports town.
MICHAEL J. MCNAMER
The purpose of this letter is to correct a misstatement that appeared in SCORECARD (May 14). You said that Gunter Harz, promoter of the spaghetti tennis racket, "attended a board meeting of the Omaha Tennis Association, and as a result the board voted to require that the Missouri Valley Tennis Association allow spaghetti rackets to be tested for a year in tournaments."
What actually occurred at the April 23 meeting was that the board voted 5-4 to consider for action at its next meeting an inquiry to the Nebraska Tennis Association as to whether spaghetti rackets could be allowed in a sanctioned adult tournament.
At the next meeting, which was held on May 14, a week after your item went to press, the motion to make such a request was defeated.
Omaha Tennis Association
The Jack McCallum story about Ty Stofflet was excellent (This Guy Can Rise It, Drop It and Pop It at 104 mph. May 28). I take exception, however, to Herb Dudley's comment that Eddie Feigner wouldn't be in the same class with Stofflet and the rest of the great fast-pitch softball pitchers. I caught Feigner 16 years ago while he was warming up for an exhibition. His dropball would break down and in, down and out or straight down. His rise would go up and out, up and in or straight up, and he had a roundhouse curve, a slow curve and a hard flat curve. He also had a great changeup and a fastball that would almost knock you down. I'm sure that Stofflet is the best in the world now, and Dudley was one of the greatest ever, but I can't imagine any of them being better than the "King" in his prime.
Having recently moved to Allentown, Pa. and its fast-pitch softball league, I have had the opportunity to face Ty Stofflet only once. He walked me on four straight pitches. The umpire probably didn't see the ball either.
Ty Stofflet's 20-inning no-hitter must rate as one of the greatest pitching feats in the history of fast-pitch softball. However, another lefthander from an earlier era (1950-1959), John Hunter, must rate right up there with Stofflet. Pitching for the Clearwater ( Fla.) Bombers in perhaps the toughest fast-pitch league in the country. Hunter won 275 and lost only 19 before a hip injury put him out of the game: In 1951 Hunter pitched 47? consecutive hitless innings and struck out an amazing 45 batters in a row.
The Bombers won 10 Amateur Softball Association world tournaments, and Hunter's record in world competition was 23-2.
Bobby Spell of Crowley, La. is a member of the National Softball Association Hall of Fame and of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He was considered one of the world's greatest softball pitchers during the period 1956 to 1960, when his team won three world championships and he was All-World three times. He pitched 205 innings in world tournament competition, allowing only eight earned runs, and he had more than 200 no-hitters during his remarkable softball career.
Lake Charles, La.
You say the national softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City is "hardly a tourist attraction." Comparing Softball's Hall of Fame to baseball's is unfair, mainly because baseball's Hall has been in existence since 1939 while Softball's was built in 1973. Since that time, the softball Hall of Fame has averaged 70,000 visitors a season (March through October).