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Your wonderful article about Bonnie Richardson took me back to when I was a girl and I would read everything I could get my hands on about another amazing female athlete from Texas—Babe Didrikson.

Maggie Summers, Arroyo Grande, Calif.

It may be the last thing she would ever want, but Bonnie Richardson's story (The Power of One, Sept. 28) deserves to be told on the big screen. Simply incredible.

Scott Leslie, Peachtree City, Ga.

The best Texas A&M can do for Richardson is a partial scholarship? What does one have to accomplish in order to get a full ride there?

Michael Hornsby, Albany, N.Y.

Bonnie Richardson's achievements show us that sometimes there is an I in team.

Kathy Cagnetta

Wittmann, Ariz.

Jerry's Joint

I would gladly see the Cowboys (SCORECARD, Sept. 28) go back to Texas Stadium or even the Cotton Bowl if it meant they might actually win a playoff game. The problem with the Cowboys since Jerry Jones took over has not been the inadequacy of their digs, but the inadequacy of their senior management.

Rick Baish, El Paso

Let's see, it's the biggest ever. It's the glitziest and most glamorous. It's the epitome of over-the-top luxury. It has some of the most awe-inspiring design, construction and features ever. All the rich, powerful and beautiful people want to be seen there. In a stroke of "genius," it keeps patrons segregated by ticket stubs, "each populace content to have its own experience." Is it the new Cowboys Stadium? Hardly. It's the Titanic.

Harry (Hap) Purnell Homewood, Ala.

Proper Owner

Having traveled the Grapefruit League regularly, I can say there isn't a baseball stop where one is treated more genuinely, from the ticket sellers to the concession-stand workers, than at the Tigers' camp in Lakeland, Fla. After reading about Detroit owner Mike Ilitch (Tigertown, Sept. 28), it is obvious this attitude comes down from the top.

Fred Moss, Saddle River, N.J.

Ilitch's generosity in allowing GM to retain its sponsorship sign, and also adding Ford and Chrysler in a show of solidarity with the U.S. automakers, moved me. We're in tough times, and he is supporting our businesses and also providing the folks of Detroit with a good ball club at a time when they most need a pleasurable diversion.

Lance Morgan Washington, D.C.

As a Redskins fan I have seen our franchise destroyed by Daniel Snyder, whose response to this recession has been to aggressively sue lifelong season-ticket holders because they are now unable to afford their tickets. America knows what this recession has cost Detroit, but at least in the area of pro sports ownership, Detroit is better off than many other communities.

Warren E. Murray Jr.

New Bern, N.C.

While the Tigers will not be the magic pill to cure Detroit's woes, it remains inspiring to see how something as simple as a bat and ball can bring folks together.

Paul Mayne, London, Ont.

Mike Ilitch for Sportsman of the Year.

Joe Gregory, Castle Rock, Colo.

Saving Grace

Thanks for the piece on struggling Phillies closer Brad Lidge (POINT AFTER, Sept. 28). In a day and age when so many athletes display the worst possible behavior for kids (and adults) to emulate, here's a guy who deserves to be lauded for his maturity. I hope Lidge recaptures the magic to help the Phillies in the playoffs. If anyone deserves it, he does.

David Yoho, Louisville

Philadelphia fans often are given a bum rap. Though we may boo Lidge when he blows a save, we will never forget what he did for us in last year's postseason. Even if he never saves another game, in Philadelphia he will forever be a hero.

Steve Justin, Malvern, Pa.

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