Selling outThe Hall of Fame induction ceremony in...


August 18, 1996

Selling out

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Aug. 4 was a great event. The weekend was marred, however, by the sight of former baseball greats sitting at tables in front of stores along Main Street selling their signatures at $20 a pop. It was sad to see Frank Robinson, Enos Slaughter, Fergie Jenkins, Don Larsen, Pete Rose, Hank Bauer and several others peddling the fame, honor and respect paid to them by baseball fans of the past several decades in such a cheap and tawdry manner.

I can't imagine such true greats as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig or Walter Johnson being quite so crass.

Walter H. Maloney

Beltsville The following passage appeared in The Evening Sun in a June 23, 1989 column about the plans for Camden Yards, written by John Steadman, under the headline: "Old-look park will bring city to national shame."

"Pause, if you will, to contemplate that this is the first stadium in the history of mankind that is being erected so it will be compatible with an ugly, dilapidated building that has nothing to do with playing baseball or the comfort of fans. . . . Baltimore deserves the best, which means down with the old and up with the new. The brick wall must go since it's across the street from the park and will obscure the vision of a bright and glistening downtown Baltimore."

Let's all be thankful that John Steadman never decided to be an architect.

Andrew Simmons


Be fair to Ripken

This is in response to the Aug. 11 letter in which the writer described a sick 6-year-old boy who was denied meeting Cal Ripken because Ripken was too busy. It went on to say that Rafael Palmeiro met the boy and invited him into the Orioles dugout. The writer added that Ripken ignored the boy while other players were attentive to the youngster.

This implied perception of Ripken is unwarranted. Let's be realistic about the matter. I am sure Ripken gets more of these requests than he can humanly handle, so let us not be unfair to a person who has proved to be a genuinely fine human being.

Bill Davis

Glenwood In response to the Aug. 11 letter, "Palmeiro is boy's new hero," I would like to tell you about Cal Ripken and his work with critically ill children.

Ripken's volunteerism in this area has been extraordinary. He goes above and beyond all expectations to bring joy to the lives of sick children. Whether it's a meeting at the ballpark, a phone call or a trip to visit a child in the hospital, Ripken always responds. What has always impressed me is that he does so with such a quiet, humble and low-key manner.

The daily demands of children who want to meet Ripken are enormous. I can say with certainty that if he did not meet an ill child on the field, it must have been because he was not aware the child was there. With such incredible demands, it is easy to see how a simple mix-up can sometimes occur.

Brian Morrison

Executive Director Grant-A-Wish Foundation


Angelos not a winner

Peter Angelos doesn't know what it takes to win in baseball. He overrules general manager Pat Gillick, babies his complacent veterans and insults the fans' intelligence by refusing to think of long-term goals rather than instant gratification. His only solution is to spend more money.

Greg Gotwalt

York, Pa.

Wake-up call

How many important games will so-called relief pitcher Randy Myers blow before "genius" general manager Pat Gillick and "winningest manager in baseball today" Davey Johnson wake up?

The Orioles have the best hitting team in baseball, but that combined with little or no relief pitching doesn't produce wins. Randy Myers does more dancing than pitching. Alan Mills couldn't get a child out. And the rest of the relievers are either on

the disabled list or are minor-league at best.

Harry I. Kleiman

Owings Mills

Walking the walk

What does pitching coach Pat Dobson do other than eat sunflower seeds? Everyone blames the players. Maybe we should check Dobson and Davey Johnson. I believe walking out to the mound for them is a chore.

Rachel Uber


Scalpers swoop in


I was among the many Ravens fans in line Aug. 10 to purchase individual game tickets at Memorial Stadium. I was 60th in line. At 8: 45 a.m. when the ticket booths opened, the first two buyers were at the windows for 45 minutes each. Another guy was there for more than an hour, buying 317 tickets for $8,000.

Ravens officials, especially Roy Sommerhof, should have capped ticket-sales at 50 or 100 to accommodate groups, to get as many Ravens fans to the games they want to see. For scalpers, aiming to double prices, it was a great day in Baltimore. Why put 6,000 seats on sale when the real fans get lousy seats, obstructed view or none at all?

When I did get to the booth, I was told Steelers tickets were gone and Raiders tickets were single obstructed seats. These were the two games I wanted to get tickets for. Had this been a concert with a 10-seat cap, I would have had great seats.

Ed Delaha


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Pub Date: 8/18/96

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