Thank you for Peter Gammons's excellent article on the best
leadoff men ever to pick up a bat: Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines
(Light Years Ahead Of The Field, July 28). No one else in major
league baseball has a greater balance of power and speed than these
two exquisite athletes. They have been underrated for too long,
especially Henderson, who has often been criticized for his arrogant
style of play. With his brilliance, he should be allowed the luxury
of showing off.
Oxon Hill, Md.
In my opinion, Raines and Henderson are the best all-around
players in the game today. They not only excel in the batter's box
and on base but also when playing defense. I think the records will
show that both men have won ball games for their teams by making
great defensive plays.
Natrona Heights, Pa.
BILL SMITH Leading man: Raines, shown here on the base paths against the Cubs, balances power and speed.