Tom Verducci's article on Sammy Sosa's resurgence (Sammy's Second
Season, Aug. 25) gave me a clear picture of why Sosa will be a
first ballot Hall of Famer. Sammy's joyous charge onto the field
each day shows us his overall outlook on life.
I am a little surprised that an intelligent man such as Rutgers
professor William Dowling doesn't realize that with his views on
athletics--he wants people to care more about brilliant students
than "which moron is hired for the football team" and roots for
his school to lose by large margins--he is as narrow-minded as a
football coach with a win-at-all-costs mentality (Why Can't
Rutgers Win?, Aug. 25). Success in athletics can inspire a
student to improve in other areas. A year ago the young man I am
mentoring had some aspirations about his future but was not
especially focused. Once his football talents were recognized,
his motivation to study increased significantly. Today he is
excited about accomplishing educational goals while also having
fun playing football. The education he's getting because of
athletics will change his life.
Jay Schievelbein, Fair Oaks, Calif.
I can barely see through the tears I'm shedding over the plight
of the players at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill (The Unknown
Factor, Aug. 25). I guess having to play something other than a
driver and wedge is too much to ask from the world's greatest
players. I have news for them: Fans get real bored watching their
superior wedge play turn all the tournaments into nothing more
than putting contests. If Chad Campbell can shoot a 65 and Shaun
Micheel can turn in three rounds under 70, then what's the
Reading about Steve Rushin's search for the perfect stadium (Air
and Space, Aug. 25), I concluded he'd never been to Lambeau
Field. Anytime he wants to experience the power and mystery of
the frozen tundra, let me know, and I'll have a seat available
Bruce Barrette, Peshtigo, Wis.
In my opinion, Austin Murphy's smug comparison of the Eagles' and
the Steelers' Super Bowl histories is misleading (Sports in
America, Aug. 25). The Eagles won three NFL Championships (1948,
'49, '60) before the NFL-AFL merger and were the only team to
defeat Vince Lombardi's Packers in a championship game. The
Steelers, on the other hand, were mired in mediocrity before the
Immaculate Reception. Keep Terry Bradshaw, Mr. Murphy. I'll take
Norm Van Brocklin any day.
Michael Berquist, Pittsburgh
The Eagles are 46-26-3 against the Steelers, and the Flyers are
117-62-27 versus the Penguins. The stats speak for themselves.
Timothy Biechler, Wyomissing, Pa.
Michael Bamberger forgot to mention that Connie Mack played and
managed in Pittsburgh before going to Philadelphia, and that
Rocky Balboa is every bit as real as Santa Claus.
Joe Cozza, Philadelphia
How could everyone there have forgotten a little-known baseball
player from Donora, Pa.--Stan Musial?
Bob Colyer, Whippany, N.J.
You left out Larry Holmes, of Easton, Pa. Not only is he an
upstanding family man and a gentleman, but he is also one of the
finest heavyweight fighters in the history of pugilism.
William G. Coker, Nazareth, Pa.
...Paul Arizin (Philadelphia), voted one of the 50 greatest
players in NBA history; Jim Phelan (Philadelphia), one of college
basketball's winningest coaches; Tom Gola (Philadelphia), a
five-time NBA All-Star who is one of only two players to win an
NIT, NCAA and NBA championship; and John B. Kelly Sr. and John B.
Kelly Jr. (Philadelphia), two of the most outstanding oarsmen the
country ever produced.
Hugh T. Sharp, Williamsburg, Va.
...Dan Marino, arguably the greatest quarterback ever to play in
the NFL. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he played for four years
at the University of Pittsburgh.
Paul Grossinger, Richmond Hill, Ont.
The Immaculate Reception as Pennsylvania's greatest sports
moment? Does the name Bill Mazeroski ring any bells at SI?
Don Vaughan, Wanaque, N.J.
Look no farther than the photo of Christy Mathewson for the main
reason that no one hits .400 these days (Giants among Men, Aug.
25). Ninety-five percent of the spectacular defensive plays on
highlight shows would be impossible with a webless glove hardly
bigger than your hand, such as the one Mathewson and his
contemporaries used. Improved gloves rob an every-day player of
at least two dozen hits a year, and probably far more.
Tom Hazuka Berlin, Conn.
COLOR PHOTO: DILIP VISHWANAT/TSN/ICON SMI
B/W PHOTO: TRANSCENDENTAL GRAPHICS NO WEB GEM Matty's glove lacked modern amenities.
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