FOR MARCH 9, 2015
I was saddened to hear about the passing of White Sox legend Minnie Mi√±oso. Many years ago I ran into one of his former teammates, centerfielder Jim Landis. He told me that Mi√±oso once showered after a game with his uniform on because he wanted to wash away the bad spirits that were responsible for his slump. The next day Mi√±oso had four hits, with a home run.
Terry Griner, Spokane
The main problem with college basketball is the final two minutes of the games, which have become a series of endless stoppages due to timeouts, fouls and referees bent over a table staring at computer screens.
Mike Massie, Laramie, Wyo.
There are two reasons why scoring is down in college hoops. Players are now bigger, stronger and faster, so it has become harder to score against defenders. Plus, the players' basketball skills have diminished. Many of them spend hours in the gym getting muscle, but aren't working on the fundamentals.
Jay C. Peters, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
I enjoyed Lee Jenkins's feature on the Hawks, but what about the Bucks? Milwaukee, which won 15 games last year, has a new coach and 34 wins through Sunday and was sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Daniel Feigin, New York City
I thoroughly enjoyed Gary Pomerantz's article on Aaron Levi. One thing in the story did give me pause, though. Levi said of his mother, "She sees [Wilt] as a womanizer.... To me, he's my father." I respectfully disagree. While Chamberlain may have contributed to Aaron's conception, Don Levi, the man who raised him, is his father.
I don't understand why Chamberlain's sisters would deny Levi closure by refusing to submit a saliva sample for a simple DNA test. Their brother's integrity was already destroyed when he bragged about being with 20,000 women.
While it's obvious that Levi is hurting, how does he know if his biological mother is telling the truth? Unfortunately, this may be a burden that he carries to his grave.
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COVER: DEANNE FITZMAURICE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, INSET PHOTO: PAUL VATHIS/AP
GARY DINEEN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (BUCKS)
HY PESKIN/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MINOSO)