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Letters: Bill Plaschke has readers talking

There is reaction to columns on Donald Sterling, BYU, Duke Snider and John Wooden's great-grandson.

March 04, 2011

Come on, Bill Plaschke, you know why Donald Sterling gave free admission to 1,000 underprivileged children for a game against Houston, in March; the Clippers had only two home games in February, against the Bulls and Celtics, teams that people will pay to see. Would Sterling give up 1,000 paying customers to do something for charity?

David Saw

Diamond Bar


How dare Bill Plaschke take on Donald Sterling! It would seem that Donald is single-handedly trying to ensure the financial well-being of The Times with his daily advisements touting himself and his rental properties. We must recognize his creepy self-promotion and congratulate his contribution to The Times, even as we gag on a daily basis. We should also recognize all of the "leaders" of charities who grovel at his command and consent to be publicized in the recognition of their great benefactor. It is great to live in the Greater L.A. metro area within the aura of such a great man!

William Connelly



It is undisputed that Donald Sterling exhibits unusual behavior and makes curious decisions, but blaming him for an ill-advised ad is akin to holding Plaschke responsible when your newspaper is delivered late.

Jonah Warren


BYU's code

Bill Plaschke applauds BYU's adherence to their honor code, but it must be said that the code is prehistoric and really a violation of civil rights. Yes, the kid signed on and agreed to it, but the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Suspend him for a game or two if you must, but come on! Forgiveness, people. Forgiveness.

Frank Shapiro


The Duke

Thanks to The Times and Bill Plaschke for their obits on the passing of Duke Snider. They captured the essence and innocence of the Boys of Summer and the Duke of Flatbush, the pride of Compton. Although I'm too young to have seen these immortals play in person, I thank my parents, whom I just lost, for instilling in me the pride and legacy of these Dodgers greats and what these teams meant to the ethnically and racially diverse borough of Brooklyn and later, Los Angeles.

Roger Kahn and Doris Kearns Goodwin so eloquently captured the larger meaning of these individuals and their impact on society. They were more than just a baseball team. They were a right of passage. God bless Vin Scully, Jackie, Newk, Pee Wee, and the Duke.

David Perez

Garden Grove


Nine years ago, I was lucky enough to celebrate my 50th birthday by attending the Dodgers' fantasy camp in Vero Beach. Each team had two managers and mine were Carl Erskine and Duke Snider. I will always remember the one-on-one time I spent with Duke, listening to all the stories and experiences he had over the years with the Dodgers.

One morning I was riding in the golf cart with Duke. We must have stopped a dozen times for him to meet and sign autographs for fans. I asked him, "Duke, doesn't it bother you that everywhere you go people want to meet you and get an autograph?" As we pulled up to the field, he said "It'll bother when they don't!" With that, he got out, signed a couple of autographs, turned, gave me a big smile and a wink. RIP Duke.

Mark Larson

Newport Beach


I had the honor of meeting the Duke several years ago, where he took part in a panel discussion along with Lou Johnson and Wes Parker, accompanying the opening of the "Baseball as America" exhibit at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County.

The Duke fielded the first audience question: "Duke, who was the second-best center fielder in New York?" After the laughter died down, he skillfully directed his reply elsewhere.

Barclay Livker

Los Angeles

Magic moment

What a day for memories at Pauley Pavilion last Saturday. Kevin Trapani's dramatic putback reminded us of his great-grandfather John Wooden. And Jack Haley Jr.'s airballed three-point shot reminded us of his father, not Reggie Miller.

Paul Feinsinger

Agoura Hills


Bill Plaschke, sometimes the readers beat you black and blue with their beefing and sarcasm, and sometimes you make me want to pull my hair out. But then you roll out that emotional column that you are so capable of writing. The Bruins passed you the ball, and this time you scored.

Helen Freeman



One reason UCLA is not nationally ranked is that East Coast readers and voters don't get the results of West Coast evening games.

I just returned from New York. Neither the New York Times or USA Today reports the scores of West Coast teams. Worse, the Times' top-25 listings showed Arizona beating UCLA, 71-49, instead of the other way around.

Al Sheahen

Sherman Oaks

Blue money

I purchased tickets to attend an April 2 game of the Giants against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Facebook posting stated that the prices would be 60% off. But ultimately they seemed to be the same as regular prices. The ownership is ruining my faith in the Dodgers. You cannot lead people to believe they are buying one thing when they are buying another.

Scott Bentley



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