Once more, former greats in baseball filed into RFK Stadium to play another Old Timers Baseball Classic. Once more, we heard people say how great a baseball town this is and that we should/ought to/will get another team one day. Once more, we close our eyes to the truth.
The fact is, we do have a baseball team -- the Baltimore Orioles. For many fans in both Washington and Baltimore, the party line has been that the Orioles are a Baltimore team that Washington "borrows" every summer. Unfortunately, that's not the way the Orioles and the rest of baseball see it.
The Orioles see themselves as a Baltimore/Washington team and want to make as much money as if they played in both cities. Sound ridiculous? Don't laugh, because the Orioles draw about 25 percent of their attendance from Washington. Radio and television coverage and the Orioles Baseball Store have helped make "Birdland" seem a lot closer than it really is for many Washington-area fans. In fact, a lousy team and Memorial Stadium are probably the only things stopping the Orioles from drawing half their attendance from Washington.
Which brings me to the stadium issue. For Baltimoreans, whether a stadium or two is built in Camden Yards could determine whether they get another football team again. For us, however, it probably won't make any difference.
Even if the Orioles moved to RFK Stadium, that wouldn't make them any more Washingtonian or less Baltimorean than they are now. For better or worse, both Charm City and the Nation's Capital will have to root for the same baseball team.Edward J. Cunningham Silver Spring
Lively Balls Not Rawlings Type
Two articles appearing in the Tuesday, June 30, editions of the Post -- "Homers Flew Out of RFK, Legitimately," by Thomas Boswell, and "Old Timers Add New Wrinkle to Live-Ball Theory," by David Aldridge -- attribute the offensive fireworks in this year's Old Timers Baseball Classic to the lively new baseball being used in the major leagues this year.
Boswell, in particular, states that the "oldsters" used Rawlings balls. While balls were indeed flying out of RFK last Monday, they were not of the Rawlings variety used in the majors. Rather, the balls were made by a company by the name of Worth and manufactured in Korea. I know. I broke my thumb catching one off the bat of Orlando Cepeda. Michael J. Pollack Washington
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