MINOR LEAGUE BALL
With your story on Jordan Kobritz and the new Class AAA Maine Guides ball club (The Maine Attraction, July 9), you have discovered yet another source of material that is fresh and interesting.
I may be somewhat biased, but please don't stop your coverage of minor league baseball with this article. Minor league ball, Classes AAA through A, is played in 154 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and more than 18 million fans attended games in the minors in 1983. Minor league teams bring the game to those fans who can't travel long distances to a big league park, and they're part of the reason baseball has replaced horse racing as the No. 1 spectator sport in America.
One wouldn't have to dig very far to find a story as unique to each baseball city as the Maine Guides are to Old Orchard Beach.
Assistant General Manager
Fresno Giants (Class A)
Don Mattingly (A Yank of the First Rank, July 9) proves once again that box scores and batting averages are far more important than controversy and headlines. Bruce Anderson's captivating profile of the All-Star Yankee first baseman is a giant step toward informing baseball fans that Darryl Strawberry isn't the only phenom in New York.
GARY W. HERVIOU
Little Silver, N.J.
I was looking through my dad's 1979 Sis when I found this item (below) in FACES IN THE CROWD in the July 16 issue.
Mattingly. 18, an outfielder-pitcher, batted .500 and .552 over the past two seasons to lead Reitz Memorial High to a 59-1 record. He had 140 RBIs in four years for the Tigers, equaling the highest total ever in scholastic baseball.
Isn't this the same Don Mattingly who now plays first base for the New York Yankees?
?Yes, it is.—ED.