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FOR JUNE 20, 2016

There was a third side to Gordie Howe you didn't mention (The Two Sides of Mr. Hockey). He made everyone around him—Sid Abel, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio—a better player. I thought Howe deserved more than a four-page obituary. He made Detroit Hockeytown.

Epamenondas Mihas, Brownstown, Mich.

Albert Pujols's belief that you can only compare players within periods of about 20 years is a valid one (SCORECARD). So did any player from 1921 to '61 even approach Joe DiMaggio's streak? George Sisler came closest with hits in 41 straight in '22. Indeed, DiMaggio's 56 remains one of the great achievements in sports.

Phil Catalano, Bradenton, Fla.

I must take issue with Tom Verducci and Stephen Jay Gould's assertion that DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak was "the greatest factual achievement in the history of baseball." Far from it. Hitting streaks are nothing more than statistical curiosities. A batter could go 1-for-5 day after day after day, but would we really then elevate a .200 hitter to godlike status?

Andrew M. Weiss, Playa Del Rey, Calif.

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As a Bruins fan, it pains me to say that I loved seeing Sidney Crosby grace the cover. Too often SI passes over the Stanley Cup winner for a golfer celebrating a birdie putt on 16 or for whatever LeBron James is doing that week.

Tom Crane

Springfield, Mass.


In reading the article about the advancements in officiating technology (Replay Revolution), I disagreed with Michael Rosenberg's use of Derrick Henry's touchdown against Clemson as an example of an unclear call. Replay officials reviewed the play and confirmed it by clear video evidence.

Clark Puckett

Milton, Fla.




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