THE STRAIGHT PITCH
Just before your article appeared on Seaver and Palmer (Kings of the Hill, July 21), a friend asked me to name the top pitchers in each league. I picked the same two that Ron Fimrite chose. However, because a part of greatness is consistency, I wonder if either will end their careers with 300 victories. Palmer needs 158 more, or an average of 20 wins for the next 7.9 seasons. Tom Terrific needs only 140 more, or an average of seven 20-victory years. By then both would be 37 years old. Possible injury, improved hitting and more reliance on relief pitching compound the difficulty of their reaching 300.
Miami Lakes, Fla.
Ron Fimrite states that Tom Seaver "shares the major league single-game strikeout record of 19." Seaver does indeed share the nine-inning record for strikeouts with Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan, but Tom Cheney, formerly of the Washington Senators, holds the single-game record of 21, which he accomplished in 16 innings against the Baltimore Orioles in 1962.
CHARLES CARR III
Spring Lake, N.J.
THE BAY AREA
A Gift of Place (July 21) is a positive story in a time of negatives. The Chesapeake Bay is a great example of life everywhere. The next time I'm fishing here in Kentucky or crossing the Ohio River, there will be a totally different picture in my mind, thanks to Robert H. Boyle and Mark Kram.
CLAY B. MORRIS JR.
The article should be required reading for the Army Corps of Engineers.
EARL W. SCHULTZ
You say that the Chesapeake is the richest body of water in the world, but its 125 pounds of seafood per acre per year hardly compares with the figure for Kachemak Bay in Alaska. Kachemak Bay provides nearly 200 pounds per acre per year of shrimp and crab alone, not to mention vast catches of salmon, herring and halibut and the world's richest clamming areas. And the full fishery potential of this bay is hardly being realized, with sole, pollack, flounder, octopus, rock-fish and scallops also in abundance. Compared with the Kachemak, the Chesapeake is merely a site for possible reclamation.
W. Somerville, Mass.
The Chesapeake watershed does not drain all of the state of Maryland. The waters of the Youghiogheny River in western Maryland eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico (through the Monongahela, the Ohio and Mississippi rivers) rather than into Chesapeake Bay.
LONNIE A. MCCULLOUGH
THE FATAL STEP
I was horrified when Ruffian broke down and shocked when she was destroyed. Newspaper articles and television reports left many questions unanswered. William Johnson's Could She Have Been Saved? (July 21) answered them. I feel better after reading it. The doctors should be commended for a fine effort to save a great horse.
Could she have been saved? As far as I'm concerned, the question was answered in the article. No.
I rode thoroughbreds for several years. I knew Dr. Alex Harthill, and have seen him doctor many horses. When I was apprenticed to the Doug Davis Jr. Stable we would have 40 to 60 head of horses, and if Dr. Harthill was on the grounds, he was our vet. Doc was gentle with horses, and if he thought a sore horse needed to be sent back to the farm for rest, that's what he would say—which was not what most owners wanted to hear.
I think Dr. Harthill is one of the best thoroughbred veterinarians in the country.