Give Mercy its dueAlan Widmann's article, "McDonogh's...

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November 19, 1991

Give Mercy its due

Alan Widmann's article, "McDonogh's youth is denied . . . this time," which appeared in The Evening Sun (Nov. 7), really shocked me. Mercy won the championship, and here was this article about how remarkable McDonogh's team is. Mercy was barely mentioned. Our kids read that article and felt like their accomplishments were an afterthought.

These Mercy girls went through an entire season practicing two hours every day, losing only one game. There was no single player that drove this team to victory. At different times we were without key players but still managed to win games. This was soccer as it should be played -- a team effort. This team was a coach's dream, and deserved to be acknowledged for its efforts.

* Jane Jackson, Athletic Director

Mercy High School

More on Mercy

"McDonogh's youth is denied . . . this time," is such an injustice to Mercy High School, the Catholic League and tournament soccer champion. This article, instead of being directed to the victory of Mercy's team, favored McDonogh.

Mercy's young women are also very special and carry strong academic loads. This team has young women in the National Honor Society, Mercy's honors program, and have earned the honorable Mercy Flame award. They are involved in many other school activities, and club soccer on weekends.

Aggie Szczepaniak

A Mercy parent

A matter of race

I want to talk about racism. White America, and anyone else for that matter, may not find it offensive to see Atlanta and other sports teams named after American Indians or to see fans use their sacred symbols in a derogatory manner, but it is obviously offensive to them.

In fact, it is just as offensive to Indians as it is to Americans who don't want to see people burn the American flag or hear Orioles fans say "O" during the national anthem.

Futhermore, as both an African-American and an Orioles fan, I find it equally offensive to watch the clowns running the Orioles turn a once proud, highly respected and successful organization into a cheap, incompetent and blatantly racist organization.

The Orioles' racism became evident after the '84 season, when either Hank Peters, Edward Bennett Williams, or Larry Luchino insulted Al Bumbry with an offer of $12,000 to be a roving baserunning coach. Al turned it down, and we've spent seven years without a baserunning coach.

In '87, club president Larry Luchino gave a big sermon about getting back to "the Oriole Way." Despite the fact Frank Robinson had been in baseball for many years, and knew "the Oriole Way" better than anyone, Lucchino brought in an incompetent, lame duck general manager in Roland Hemond. Brilliant move.

Even the recent sale of the team had racist overtones. The former owner of the club, with a group of local black businessmen, was ready to buy the team, but Luchino either didn't want to work with that group or thought he would no longer be a part of the club if they bought the team. So, he tested the Williams family loyalty and ran to New York to bring in Eli Jacobs.

The Orioles may have extended Frank's contract as the manager after the '88 season; what choice did they have? However, after the surprising success of '89, the front office didn't do anything Frank asked them to in order to improve the team.

But perhaps the most blatant case of stupidity and discrimination came in choosing the newest pitching coach. Once again, Elrod Hendricks was overlooked for a promotion. Certainly, if Johnny Oates deserved a chance to prove himself as a major-league manager, Hendricks deserves a chance to prove himself as a major-league pitching coach!

axine Williams

Baltimore

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