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George Solomon


Sunday, April 3, 2005; Page E02

Today is the day many fans thought would never again occur: a Washington baseball team playing a game in Washington, D.C. It'll happen at noon, an exhibition game between the Nationals and New York Mets at RFK Stadium. Tomorrow, it's for real, with the Nats in Philadelphia. The home opener is April 14, with filmmaker and baseball activist Aviva Kempner in the stadium using a ticket from one of 50 generous readers who offered to help. Baseball Gang meets at the Marshall statue today at 11 a.m., before moving on (slowly) to section 517 at 11:15.

For almost every day of the last five years of the Senators' life, until 1971, I compiled scrapbooks of articles and columns on the Senators. There are 30 volumes or so and more than 3,500 pages. Today is most exciting of all: an exhibition game at RFK that finally will make me believe this actually happened.

John D. Wortman

Thirty volumes and 3,500 pages -- and not one written by Feinstein?

I wonder if the couple from Ohio who wrote in this space last week actually understand baseball history. Saying Babe Ruth and Roger Maris played in the same era is silly. And calling it the "dead ball era" is mind-boggling, since Ruth's rise as a home run hitter came afterward; and wasn't Maris playing at the same time as Hank Aaron?

That said, you can find fault with almost every major accomplishment regarding home run hitting. Ruth (and all pre-1947 hitters) played in a segregated time. Maris set his record in an expansion season, as did Mark McGwire in 1998. And now you have the taint of performance-enhancing substances. Enough with the asterisk talk.

Mark Coale, Virginia Beach

This may be the one time fans will have to decide for themselves which records to accept or reject. Commissioner Bud Selig has said no asterisk for Barry Bonds.

I don't have a problem with play-by-play announcer Larry Michael working for the Redskins, or being a so-called homer. After all he is broadcasting to Redskins fans. Also, how could there be any bigger "homers" than Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff, whom I love?

John Oelze, Lorton

Jurgensen and Huff have been critical of the Redskins over the years. So has Michael. The question remains, can Michael be objective while taking a paycheck from the Redskins?

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