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August 20, 1990
THE MINORSIt was a pleasure to read the stories in your issue on minor league baseball (Minor Miracle, July 23). As a former minor league general manager (Quad-City Angels, 1985-87), I was reminded of all the thankless duties that go with the job, such as cooking hot dogs before a game, helping the groundskeeper put the tarp on the field during a rainstorm and baby-sitting thousands of youngsters on grade school promotional nights. But I was also reminded that it was all worth it. The players are there to play their hearts out and move up through the system. The general managers are there to provide quality entertainment to draw fans to the ballparks. And the fans are there to enjoy the game. It may be minor league baseball, but it's major league fun.EDWARD P. McMURRAY Villa Park, Ill.
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In calling Bud Collins "our guy in the broadcast booth" (POINT AFTER, July 9), Alexander Wolff is able to identify with Collins and his constant rambling in a way that few other viewers can. As a longtime tennis fan, I was pleased to see the new faces of Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors in the NBC booth. The insights that these players, fresh off the tour, are able to offer are much more interesting than Collins's dated anecdotes. Although his Boston Globe columns are often amusing, the same style applied to broadcasting is tiresome. I can appreciate his enjoyment of the game, but hearing him shout, "Net-cord!" every time a serve strikes the tape quickly becomes annoying.
Washington, D.C.

I disagree with Wolff about Collins. This has nothing to do with whether or not Collins is an expert commentator or a better one than Chris or Jimmy. The essence of good sports broadcasting on TV is knowing when the action should speak for itself. Collins simply doesn't know when to stop talking.
New Canaan, Conn.

I was intrigued by the DESIGN article about sports eyeglass frames (above, left) in your July 23 issue. Just to show how things come around, consider this drawing of the 16th-century Italian philosopher and physician Hieronymus Capivacceus depicting an early method of securing spectacles: loops of thread around the ears. I'm not sure if Capivacceus was into sports, but if he was, his spectacles should have stayed on.
York, Pa.

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