You mention that "the Orioles and Red Sox have had their share of injuries." Who are you talking about? The Orioles lost Jim Palmer for a few starts and the Bosox lost Carlton Fisk for a while, but he's back again now and doing some job, and Carl Yastrzemski, with his new stance, is playing better than ever.
The Yankees have lost at least five important men—Gossage, Jackson, Guidry, Rivers and Figueroa. But don't worry. At season's end they will be in the thick of things.
JOHN C. GAGLIONE
Mike Marshall (The Best and the Brightest, July 2) just may be on the cutting edge of his sport. His training techniques have made him as much an innovator in relief pitching as another Minnesota sports figure, Fran Tarkenton, was in quarterbacking. I believe that the importance of relief pitching has become the most significant development in baseball in recent years, more than non-fielding hitters or test-tube turf or men dressed as birds. And the methods Marshall uses to prepare for and perform his job will be standard practice among most relievers in the next decade. Thanks to Ron Fimrite for a fine portrait of a talented, complex man who has conquered his own worst enemy—himself.
Wouldn't it be nice if every baseball player had the same attitude toward the game as Mike Marshall?
DODGER BLUE JOKE
Yes, Johnny Carson obviously isn't a Dodger fan (Dodger Blue Is Turning Cray, July 2). A while ago he offered his Tonight Show audience another little anti-Dodger joke: Given the answer "Catch-22," what is the question? "What would the Dodgers do if hit 100 pop flys?"
THE YEAR IN SPORT
The recent firing of Detroit baseball manager Les Moss (Could Les Have Done More? June 25) suggests a more modern system for marking the seasons of the year.
Under this new calendar, the first official day of summer would be the day the first major league baseball manager gets fired. The first day of fall would occur when the first major cross-country race is decided on a wrong turn by the leader. Winter would begin the first time an NFL football coach claims his team lost a playoff game on a bum decision by an official. And spring would commence when the first college basketball underclassman announces he has thought it over and is turning pro.
Obviously this calendar is far more relevant and accurate than the one now used.
MICHAEL C. BRAND
Corpus Christi, Texas
Thank you for doing what the major TV networks were not smart enough to do—cover the Roberto Duran-Carlos Palomino fight (Boxing's Big Week, July 2).
And thank you especially for recognizing the lower weight classes, which feature many fine fighters, notably Duran, the best boxer in the world pound for pound.