Pitchers: Len Barker, John Denny, Dennis Eckersley, Tommy John, Jim Kern, Sid Monge, Gaylord Perry, Dick Tidrow, Milt Wilcox, Ed Whitson.
To list the paltry talent the Indians received in return would only strengthen Jim Kern's point ("The first thing they do in Cleveland, if you have talent, is trade you for three guys who don't") and further embarrass those responsible for the current state of affairs in Cleveland.
As a longtime Atlanta Braves fan, I was very disheartened when they traded outfielder Brett Butler to Cleveland last October. He's a spark plug who had a great deal to do with the Braves' uprising. But I now have hope: The way the Indians trade, maybe we'll jet him back!
Is this National Pick on the Indians Month? In three straight issues you went out of your way to ridicule them. I realize Cleveland's record is very poor, but to suggest disbanding the team, as Henry Hecht did (INSIDE PITCH, July 2), is taking it a little too far. You followed that with a story on the Maine Guides (The Maine Attraction, July 9), in which being called up to the Indians is described as being about as wonderful as a moose drowning. To top it off, you poke fun at Cleveland's greatest fan, John Adams. I've sat in the $2 bleachers with Adams at countless Indian games and cheered with him. I, too, may be a cockeyed optimist, but it's better than being a dead pessimist.
Silver Spring, Md.
Cleveland is a wonderful sports town. In 1948, when the Indians won the World Series, Cleveland set an American League attendance record. When the Cavaliers got to the NBA playoffs in 1976, they drew 19,000-plus spectators per game in a series against the Bullets. If the Browns draw fewer than 60,000 fans a game, the owners start wondering what's happening.
The Cleveland Indians haven't been the same since Frank Lane traded Rocky Colavito and everyone else, including the manager.
Cleveland wants a winner. It needs a winner. It deserves a winner. And I'll tell you one thing: If the Indians ever get to a World Series again, I'm going, even if I have to travel by dogsled, snowshoe, ice skates or even a broomstick. One way or another, I'll be there, and old Cleveland Stadium will be rocking.
UNLUCKY DAY FOR THE WEST
As a longtime fan of the Kansas City Royals, I've always been angered by any mention of the dominance of the American League East over the American League West. My attitude changed, however, when I picked up the sports page for games played on Friday, July 13.
Every team in the East beat every team in the West that Friday night, not only in the American League but also in the National League, including two doubleheader sweeps and four extra-inning games. Is my triskaidekaphobia overactive?
ANDREW M. LEWIS
Your SCORECARD (July 16) item about Bobby Grich is a bit misleading, according to Ron Luciano. In his book The Umpire Strikes Back Luciano talks about Lou Piniella's being the "worst baserunner of all time," and says that when he was with Kansas City, Piniella was thrown out at every base in a single game. After Piniella had been nailed at home, first, second and, finally, third, Luciano says the fans "cheered him off the field with a standing ovation." So Grich would not have been the first to run for the cycle.