Bravo for recognizing those "no-name" Birds from Baltimore (Smile for the Birdies, June 18). We're tremendously proud of our Orioles and the best manager in baseball, Earl Weaver. Douglas S. Looney captured it all when he said this team plays together. These guys may be no-names to the rest of the country, but not to those of us who are rooting for them here in Maryland. Come October, I hope everyone will know the Orioles by name.
It's remarkable that Earl Weaver has such an outstanding record—a .596 won-lost percentage in 10� years as Baltimore manager—when he never played a game in the major leagues. It is also interesting to note that Baltimore has three coaches who never played in the majors, namely, Third-Base Coach Cal Ripken, Batting Coach Jim Frey and Pitching Coach Ray Miller.
I enjoyed your cover story on the Orioles, but you said that except for Jim Palmer and Mark Belanger there isn't another Baltimore player whose name is worth dropping. Eddie Murray and Al Bumbry have each been named Rookie of the Year, and Murray and Mike Flanagan were selected to the 1978 American League All-Star team. Ken Singleton played in the 1977 All-Star Game. I'm a native of Baltimore who moved to Missouri last July. Aside from missing relatives and friends, there are only two things I long for: hot, steamed Maryland crabs and the great Baltimore Orioles.
Lake St. Louis, Mo.
What's the name of the beautiful girl pictured modeling an Orioles halter top on the roof of the dugout?
?Barbara Van Cutsem, and she's one of five Oriole Basebelles.—ED.
Correction. Earl Weaver was baseball's shrewdest manager, and Baltimore was a power in its division. Billy Martin is back, and the Yanks can't be far behind!
New York City
PICKING THE ALL-STARS
I couldn't agree more with your SCORECARD item (June 18) on the inequities of baseball's All-Star voting by the fans. But, as a fan, I get a kick out of filling out a ballot when I attend a game, so I suggest a compromise. Why not allow the fans to continue voting under the present system, but also have the players ballot? Should there be differences in the outcomes of the two votes, the leaders in the player voting would start the game, although the fans' selections would automatically make the squad.
By this method, fan participation would be maintained and fan interest enhanced by the challenge of trying to predict the players' selections. What do you say, Bowie?
JAMES G. DIETTE, D.D.S.
I play softball three nights a week and was planning on calling it quits next season at the age of 38. But after reading and thoroughly enjoying The Secret Life of Rocky Perone (June 18), I now plan on playing until I'm 50. I feel great and can still keep up with the younger players on the team. Besides, I'm also the manager, which makes it much easier to keep myself in the starting lineup. Too bad Richard Pohle, a.k.a. Rocky Perone, wasn't a manager as well.
I remember Dick Pohle from a baseball school we both attended in Cocoa, Fla. in 1957. He impressed me then with his tremendous desire and love for the game. It would be nice if a greater number of the more gifted athletes in the big leagues had some of that burning desire. God bless Dick Pohle. He's beautiful!