Jack McCallum's April 27 article, Big Wheel, about Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, was super. It sounds to mc as though Malone has it all together, with sensible priorities.
LANA M. LUKES
Thanks for filling us in on Malone's life away from the court. I laughed all the way through the story. A cowboy trucker at heart? Who knew?
While it is true that the Karl Malone—John Stockton tandem cancels their individual prospects for MVP, as Jack McCallum wrote, how about for MVP as in Most Valuable Pair? They would win it hands down. The best duo in the NBA.
Along with my son and my brother, I attended a Saturday afternoon corporation party during this season's NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla. Several All-Stars, including Karl Malone, posed for photos with the guests and then autographed the pictures. Malone was such a gentleman—warm, friendly, courteous and just plain nice—that he gained three fans for himself and his team. I hope someone can convey to him how much niceness in a celebrity is appreciated.
Temple Terrace, Fla.
I was one unhappy Braves fan when Deion Sanders (One Thing or...the Other, April 27) joined the team. I thought he was a showboating jerk. But my opinion has slowly changed. I now find Sanders refreshing—a big kid who plays hard. It's fun to watch someone play with so much enthusiasm.
Ed Hinton's article gave me a new view on Sanders. I no longer see him as a childish annoyance but as a respectable athlete and person. I disagree, however, with Sanders's view that people see him as a cocky, trash-talking jerk because he is a black man. People see him this way because of his taunting, arrogant manner. So grow up, Prime Time; it's not the color of your skin that people dislike, it's your annoying antics.
JEREMY J. BESCH
When our son, Johnny, was born in 1989, we decided to put together a collection of keepsakes to give him when he turns 18, including magazines published the week he was born. In that collection is the Nov. 13, 1989, issue of SI, with Deion Sanderson the cover.
On April 21, 1992, our daughter, Sarah, was born. We decided to put together a similar collection of "time pieces" related to her birth. And who should appear on the April 27 cover of SI? Deion Sanders.
Our question is this: Does Sanders have to wait for us to have a third child before his picture reappears on your cover?
JOHN AND MARCIA DIAMOND
Regarding Dr. Z's Draft Preview (April 27): not bad. Twenty-five of the players who Paul Zimmerman predicted would be chosen in the first round were indeed selected in that round. I haven't seen any predictor do better than that.
Television and Sports
It's too bad that Marshall McLuhan, my former colleague, is no longer with us. He would have enjoyed your story dealing with television and sports, Fat and Unhealthy (April 27). Television and sports have become synonymous, but we are likely to see a divorce in the near future. As the article points out, there are rising fiscal problems in both industries, and the golden goose of sports-media contracts is beginning to look more like a skunk. Each industry will try to outmaneuver the other, but in the long run it will, unfortunately, be the fans who bear the burden of any new arrangement.
That arrangement is most likely to be pay-per-view, which would be a golden source of new revenues. But it would also mean that many fans who could not afford pay-per-view would be reduced to listening to the games on radio—as their parents did before the introduction of television.
THOMAS L. MCPHAIL
Chair, Department of Communication
University of Missouri at St. Louis
Don't Forget Frenchy
Your April 20 INSIDE BASEBALL indicated that in 1972 the A's Reggie Jackson was reported to be the first major leaguer since Wally Schang, 58 years earlier, to play while sporting a mustache. My memory tells me that Frenchy Bordagaray, an outfielder and third baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the '30s, wore either a mustache or a beard or both for a period of time, perhaps only a few days, before being required to be clean-shaven. In any case, he definitely did not sport facial hair for the entire season, as did Reggie.
Is my memory correct?
•Yes and no. Here's Frenchy in 1935 in mustache and goatee, which he wore only during spring training. He was forced to shave before the season got under way.—ED.
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