THE TIGERS' TRAMMELL
Thanks for the excellent article by John Garrity on Alan Trammell (Having a Monster of a Season, May 28). Trammell certainly is on target for a Robin Yount-Cal Ripken type of MVP year. The major obstacle to his being voted the third consecutive shortstop to win the MVP award is teammate Sweet Lou Whitaker, merely the best second baseman in either league.
We diehard Tiger fans don't mind sharing our team's tremendous success with the entire country. Keep the articles coming.
Finally you have recognized baseball's best shortstop, Alan Trammell.
DONALD A. GRAHAM
If the Detroit Tigers and SI both keep up their blistering pace, the Tigers will win 130 or so games and SI will publish about 90 pages on them.
Bruce Crossing, Mich.
Granted, Alan Trammell is off to a marvelous start and he is a very good shortstop, but to say "virtually every expert" who compares the super shortstops rates Trammell as the best fielder was going overboard. I wasn't aware that the Wizard of Oz (Ozzie Smith) had retired.
Your experts must have been confining their pick to teams in the American League, or east of the Mississippi River. If that's the case, I wholeheartedly agree with them. But as for the best shortstop, that's Smith.
I was somewhat startled by your choice of one photograph taken inside Tiger Stadium. Instead of showing your readers what $20 million worth of renovations has done for the turn-of-the-century ball park, you elected instead to go into the graffiti-covered bowels of the stadium to depict shortstop Alan Trammell perfecting his swing. As a taxpayer and sports fan who has helped to support the stadium reclamation project, I'm very disappointed. The team is great and the stadium is splendid!
GEORGE B. EICHORN
What euphoria! We're not only drawing exceptionally large crowds to Tiger Stadium for every home game, but we're also bringing in fans from out of town. Now, if we could only convince all those fans to drive to the games in a car built here!
St. Clair Shores, Mich.
I can't believe it. The Edmonton Oilers end the New York Islanders' dominance in the Stanley Cup (The Oilers Were the Spoilers, May 28) and you put Alan Trammell on the cover! The Tigers are good, but they haven't won the World Series yet.
Twin Falls, Idaho
THE BOYCOTT (CONT.)
After reading Kenneth Reich's article (Doleful Days for the Games, May 21) on the Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, I realized where the real problem lies. We speak of the improper association of politics with the Games. We catalog the various political statements that have been made (John Carlos and Tommie Smith in Mexico City, the Arab terrorists at Munich, the African protest against South Africa in Montreal, the U.S.-led boycott of Moscow and now the Soviet-led boycott of Los Angeles). The Soviets were disappointed in 1980 because we didn't allow them (and their ideology) the opportunity of a full spectacle. The Los Angeles Olympics are supposed to be a triumph of American private enterprise. The Soviet boycott is an attempt to slight this effort.