1? STRIKES, YOU'RE OUT
Referring to your article on inflation's effect upon sports statistics (SCORECARD, March 24), you have missed the point. Inflation's devastation stems from the fact that it diminishes value. To demonstrate how inflation would diminish the value in sports standards, we must apply the 18% annual figure in a way that diminishes statistics, records and dimensions. A few examples: after five years of 18% inflation, a nine-inning baseball game would be reduced to four innings. The Indianapolis 500 would become the Indy 219. The world record for the 100-yard dash would be 20.59 seconds, and the record for the mile would be 8:43.9. A 60-minute football game would take only 26 minutes.
I follow sports partly to escape the dreary realities of economics and politics. Five years from now I don't want to pay $2.86 for my weekly SI to read about stuff like this.
New York City
As a former resident of Sacramento, I would like to thank you for Roy S. Johnson's article introducing to the rest of your readers the Bill Cartwright that the Sacramento area has known for years (Were It Any Other Year, March 17). Larry Bird or Magic Johnson may win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, but Cartwright should be considered for Sportsman of the Year.
DAVID P. HOCHMUTH
Fort Collins, Colo.
Amid all of the hoopla about the on-again, off-again move of the Oakland Raiders, sans Ken Stabler, to L.A. (SCORECARD, March 17), the postmark on my Rams' season-ticket envelope should be published to keep the rumor mills grinding. Perhaps there's an even trade in the works, the Rams for the Raiders. The Anaheim Raiders? The Oakland Rams? Does Al Davis go to the same shrink as Charlie Finley?
RICHARD E. SMITH
Diamond Bar, Calif.
Bill Cartwright has indeed turned the Knicks around, and he has shown New York fans and all the critics that he is durable enough to go the entire season in the pivot. Cartwright has done everything that could be asked of a first-year player—and more.
MARK M. CEMBER
Spring Valley, N.Y.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
While I applaud the thorough and excellent coverage of the British Virgin Islands in your Feb. 4 issue (The Low-Key Islands), I must take strong exception to the article's inexcusably broad generalizations about "the rest of the Caribbean."
As your knowledgeable readers are aware, the Caribbean encompasses hundreds of islands and cays. One of the fascinations of leisurely cruising through the Caribbean—or island hopping by other modes of transportation—is the unique character of each island. The topography and flavor of two nearby islands may differ so dramatically that going from one to the other is analogous to crossing a border in Europe. And yet, Robert F. Jones suggests that all are cut from the same mold, that all are overrun with new high-rises and condominiums "sprouting like piles of guano along the once deserted beaches."
The U.S. Virgin Islands, which comprise more than 50 islands and cays, have become the No. 1 tourist destination in the Caribbean. The three main islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, also defy any one broad description.
Two-thirds of St. John, a jewel-like island, is preserved under the National Park System, and its one large resort complex, the Caneel Bay Plantation, is considered one of the most exclusive and beautiful resorts in the world.
One of St. Thomas' public beaches, Magens Bay, has been ranked among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Being as popular as it is for its tourist, cultural and natural attractions, St. Thomas does have hotel facilities to fit every traveler's budget, but it also has a number of secluded coves and beaches. A large portion of St. Croix, also a popular tourist spot with a wide range of hotel accommodations, is still in its natural state, and deserted beaches abound on the island.