My thanks to E.M. Swift for his excellent article on Relief Pitcher Bill Caudill of the Seattle Mariners (Need Help? Call the Inspector, Aug. 16). Being a metropolitan New York resident who is constantly confronted by stories about the desecration of America's game, Steinbrenner style, I am thrilled to read how Caudill has been able to excite a team and a city. He is a long-awaited bit of relief for baseball. Inspector, I take my cap off to you.
HUGH R. ROVIT
I wish to inform you that the Mariners' Bill Caudill and Larry Andersen didn't "invent" Rally Caps. Rally hats—baseball caps turned inside out for good luck—were first used by the Worthington ( Ohio) American Legion baseball team on July 21, 1981. Worthington was trailing Westland by five runs in the district championship game. With the aid of their rally hats, Worthington scored seven times in the last two innings to win by two.
DAVID C. MUMAW
Herm Weiskopf's summary of the week's major league baseball activity (BASEBALL'S WEEK, Aug. 16) aroused my curiosity when I read that Doug Flynn and Joel Youngblood were traded from the Reds to the Mets in separate deals on the same day five years ago. So I donned my houndstooth-check hat and, puffing intently on a calabash pipe, set forth on an extensive investigation.
Flynn and Youngblood were traded to the Mets on June 15, 1977, but from different teams. Flynn was dealt with three other Reds players for pitcher Tom Seaver while Youngblood came over from the Cardinals for Shortstop Mike Phillips. Youngblood had been traded to the Cardinals from the Reds on March 28, 1977.
And whom, you may ask, did the Reds receive from the Cardinals in exchange for Youngblood? Elementary, my dear Weiskopf. It was that famous Seattle snoop and relief pitcher, Inspector Bill Caudill, who was featured in that same issue.
Your article on the Atlanta Braves (Not Home Free Yet, Aug. 9) contained a sidebar on the effect of Atlanta Braves baseball in the Midwest in which you noted that Early, Iowa claims "probably erroneously" to be the geographical center of the contiguous 48 states. I hate to steal the thunder from the folks in Early, but the true geographical center is located in Kansas, about 20 miles west of here. The marker can be found on the outskirts of Lebanon, Kans. (pop. 517).
WILLIAM Q. MARTIN