BASEBALL: FAIR ALL AROUND
I am deeply appreciative of the way Robert Creamer presented the Trouble in Detroit (SI, Aug. 19). It was more than fair to me and doubly fair to my players, and the players, too, are most thankful.
We have awakened a bit of late and are playing better baseball—we may even make third.
Your article is the most accurate appraisal of our ailments that I have read.
JOHN J. McHALE
We have had so many wild shots on the reason for our failures that it was a pleasure to read a well-thought-out story. Actually, it looks like we are going better, and higher realms are not beyond reality.
NEAL K. (DOC) FENKELL
N.Y. TO L.A. (CONT): WIN OR LOSE
In THE 19TH HOLE, August 19, Martha Tunstall accuses Los Angeles of being able to support only a front-runner.
Last year the L.A. Angels won the pennant in a runaway, but this year they are floundering around in only sixth place, yet the attendance has climbed well over last year's mark at this time.
In the 1956 season big Steve Bilko of L.A. was tearing up the league in every department, except pitching, and won the triple crown with 55 homers. He is not nearly so spectacular this year, but the fans are still out to see him.
Give us a winner or a loser, and we'll support it!
San Gabriel, Calif.
N.Y. TO L.A. (CONT.): BIG AS ALL OUTDOORS
We are not a captive audience out here, as the fans in the East are. If we want recreation or entertainment it is no problem to drive a hundred or two hundred miles for anything from water skiing to jack-rabbit hunting. We have the finest beaches available, beautiful parks, riding trails and fine roads. We have backyard barbecues available most of the year, indoor pools open to the public and ski runs within half a day's drive.
Why should we take a second-rate bunch of bums that New York won't support any longer? The Pirates probably mean something to the fans of Pittsburgh and Martha Tunstall. But these Dodgers are only the East Coast's castoffs. They want us to build them a baseball park from our tax money, and then they want to sell televised games.