RALLY ROUND THE FLAGS
I feel obliged to congratulate you. This is by far the best Baseball Issue (April 13) you have ever published. Keep up the good work.
JOHN C. SCHICK
I thought your Baseball Issue would never come.
Besides knowing the All-Stars, I now feel I know the bench of every club. Thanks again to your baseball staff for a job well done.
Isn't a straight 4-0 World Series victory enough to convince your baseball staff that the Dodgers are more than just one of the six possible pennant winners in the National League (Scouting Reports)?
It is true that pitching is the only outstanding department of the Dodger team, but pitching is still the name of the game. Strange things do happen to pitchers, but it could be for the better. As good as the pitching staff was last year, there is still margin for improvement.
As for hitting, what do you want—the National League All-Star team? They have two .300 hitters in Tommy Davis and Maury Wills, power in big Frank Howard, clutch hitting with Tommy Davis and Ron Fairly and speed in Maury Wills and Willie Davis, both of whom can turn an ordinary walk into the value of a double. With all this the Dodgers are not just another pennant contender, but the probable flag winner. Ask the Yankees!
Palisades Park, N.J.
You had a golden opportunity to regain some of your lost stature in the field of prognostication. You blew it. As you say, the Giants, Cardinals, Braves, Reds and Phillies will fight it out—but for second place. The Dodgers, led by Ron and Don and Sandy, should repeat both as National League pennant winners and Yankee executioners.
I personally think that the Minnesota Twins will win the AL pennant, mainly because of power.
Over in the superior league, the Cardinals will win, because any team that can come up with 19 out of 20 games in late August and September, like the Cardinals did last year, has got to win the pennant the next year.
As a former Minnesotan, I am greatly disturbed by the fact that more than half of the scouting report on the Twins is devoted to their fielding, or lack of it. Very little mention is made of their magnificent hitting and splendid pitching. Also, only token tribute is paid to the Twin injuries, while those of the Yankees are greatly exaggerated. Of course, an injury which keeps your only .300 hitter out of the lineup for six weeks and one which keeps a 20-game winner out of the starting rotation for eight turns are extremely insignificant when compared to those of Mickey Mantle (who spends a great deal of every season on the bench because of injuries, anyway) and those of Roger Maris (the greatest one-season glory boy in the history of baseball).