GUARDIAN OF THE INTERIOR (CONT.)
I would like to commend SI on its Special Report about James Watt and the Department of the Interior (Alone in the Wilderness, Oct. 3). Our great outdoors is more important than people think.
I'm just your everyday, 40-hour-a-week person who likes to get away on weekends. There's a special feeling that some people get when they venture into the wilderness—a feeling of freedom, seclusion and, most of all, an understanding of the natural world. Unfortunately, Watt will never know what that's all about, but thank God some of us do!
Thank you for 14 well-written pages on James Watt. I've always considered him one of America's finest athletes. Maybe you could run an article on Henry Kissinger, my choice for Sportsman of the Year.
NEIL Z. KAMELHAR
New York City
Steve Wulf's article on Steve Carlton and the Phillies (Philly Is Streaking for Home, Oct. 3), accompanied by your sarcastic cover billing (Hey Lefty, Tell Us How You Won No. 300), annoyed me very much. Perhaps you folks need to be reminded that the most important aspect of any athlete is how he performs on the field, not whether he grants interviews to sportswriters. As a pitcher, Carlton has few peers; clearly he is one of the best ever. Not speaking with reporters is his prerogative, and given the nature of the comments made by many sports figures today, I wouldn't mind if more of them kept their thoughts to themselves.
I would have hoped for greater objectivity in the recording of a major milestone in the career of one of baseball's alltime greats. Carlton's actions speak far louder than his words ever could.
MARC R. INVER
True baseball fans, especially in the Philadelphia area, know Steve Carlton talks to the fans every time he steps on the field. Lefty doesn't have to "tell" us how he won No. 300. We saw it!
LINDA G. CAREY
JOHNNY AND CARL
I grew up following the illustrious careers of both Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski (Memories Are Made of This, Oct. 3). With the free agency and contracts nowadays, Johnny and Carl might be the last two superstars to spend their entire careers with one team. Goodby to two of the great ones, and thanks for the memories.
JOE E. URBAN
Waiting at the airport to fly to Boston for "Yaz Day," I was thrilled to read the tribute to Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski. William Nack gave us a superb article. As a follower of Yaz since 1961, when I was 10, I will truly miss the excitement that he has provided over the past 23 years. Although Yaz never attained his goal of a world championship, he did something much greater. He thrilled a city for three decades and, just as important, thrilled small-town people like me. Thank you, Carl.
THOMAS V. FANNING
DOWN UNDER ON TOP
Unbelievable! I just don't see how you did it. I am referring to your remarkable job in putting together the America's Cup race story and pictures (It Isn't America's Cup Any Longer, Oct. 3) on a Monday night, and having it printed and labeled and mailed in time to be delivered to me here in California on Thursday.
I am aware that the rest of your publication was probably ready to go, but it still is a fantastic job.
GEORGE (BUD) BLOOMER
Van Nuys, Calif.
Thank you for your magnificent coverage of the America's Cup competition between Liberty and Australia II (Is. There A Change In The Wind?, Sept. 26).
Being an avid fan of America's Cup racing, I read everything I could find on the races. Your coverage was the best. No other reporter did as fine a job of discussing race strategy—especially that of the race that was called on Saturday, Sept. 17—as Sarah Pileggi did.
I. MICHAEL WINOGRAD
Australia II and Liberty not on your Oct. 3 cover? How could SI elect not to acknowledge sporting history? Not to discredit Steve Carlton's accomplishment, for it is indeed spectacular, but you snubbed an entire nation's proudest moment.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Baltimore Orioles and Joe Altobelli's championship season (It's No Longer Up in the Air, Sept. 26).
I am happy to see Altobelli have such an outstanding season, particularly after some of the not so fine ones he spent with the San Francisco Giants.
I also applaud the platooning system that Altobelli uses. Billy Martin showed us in 1981 that by platooning with the Oakland A's infield he could produce an American League West title.
San Anselmo, Calif.
In William Nack's article on Yaz and Bench, you show the SI covers on which each appeared.
Bench is one of five players on a "Best Rookies of 1968" cover. I believe the Cardinal player is Mike Torrez. Please identify the others.
•Clockwise: Bench, Dodger Alan Foster, White Sox Cisco Carlos, Cardinal Mike Torrez and Tiger Don Pepper.—ED.
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