I've been waiting since last October for your baseball preview to see one of the world champion Cardinals on the cover, and who do I get? Gary Carter! Come on.
Jersey City, N.J.
My day was made when I read this year's baseball scouting reports (April 4). I was expecting you to bury the Orioles in the middle of the American League East, as you've done in the past. Imagine my surprise when you finally discovered what we O's fans have known for years! They're tops.
You really surprised me this year. I didn't think anyone would pick the Tigers higher than fourth. You picked them second behind the Birds. If their bullpen holds together, I think they'll go all the way. Besides, fate is on their side. Every time Detroit has won the World Series—1935, '45 and '68—the Cardinals have won it the year before.
JOE R. SERGOTT
Milwaukee in third place, behind Detroit and Baltimore? Ha! Brewer fans will have the last laugh when Harvey Kuenn spits out the first jet of tobacco juice at this year's World Series.
The Braves fourth in the National League West? As a Dodger fan, I have mixed emotions about this. Naturally, I'm glad you picked L.A. ahead of Atlanta, but I guess you thought that the Braves' winning the National League West last year was a fluke. Unfortunately, I don't. Atlanta has a good offensive team, and it has improved its pitching. So come October, expect the Braves to finish, let's say, second.
Henry Hecht came through with another fine article on my favorite subject—baseball stats (A Box Full of Goodies, April 4). His excellent history of box scores had only one shortcoming—the key omission of the classic box score line achieved by Steve Garvey on Aug. 28, 1977: 5 5 5 5! I doubt that this feat—five at bats, runs, hits and RBIs—has ever been matched. Keep the numbers coming.
Harbor City, Calif.