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Hurricane Carter
Seldom have I been as moved by the printed word as I was by William Nack's article about Rubin (Hurricane) Carter's 18-year-long imprisonment and ultimate release (True to His Words, April 13). It is a tribute to Carter that he was able to endure what would have been unendurable for most of us.
GREGORY S. YARNIK
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Carter didn't want parole; he wanted exoneration. And he got it. The brotherly love shown by his Canadian "family" for a man they had never met was remarkable.
CHRIS J. ANGLE
Safford, Ariz.

This tale illustrates the paradox that is America. When the system fails, it is a tragedy. When it works, it can be a thing of beauty. Carter has experienced both.
BILL G. WINTER
San Diego

I enjoyed your story so much that I shared it with all the guys in my cell. See, I, too, am incarcerated [for second-degree murder], yet I have faith. I see that through hard work and perseverance you can overcome any crisis. Though innocent I'm not, I can really relate to this story.
ROBERT LURZ
Marion Correctional Institution
Lowell, Fla.

Hot Stats from the Hot Corner
My wife and I have been having a debate over who is the best third baseman in baseball history (Who's on Third, April 6). Could you provide a statistical comparison of the seven third basemen in the Hall of Fame as well as three others who are sure to wind up there, George Brett, Wade Boggs and Mike Schmidt? Please include both hitting and fielding stats.
DAVID BROEHL
Wooster, Ohio

•Here you are.—ED.

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RONALD C. MODRA

Schmidt is first in home runs.

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RONALD C. MODRA

Brett is second-best in hits.

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CHUCK SOLOMON

Boggs has the No. 1 average.

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