Last December my wife and I gave my dad a framed print of the new ballpark in Baltimore, along with a promise to take him to the home of his beloved Orioles. The promise became a mission when I learned that my father has cancer and is not expected to live to see another fall. It's not easy to get tickets to Camden Yards, especially living in another part of the country, but through a friend I got tickets for two Oriole games against my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox.
You know the rest. Here I sit. My father sits in Rochester. This trip was not about baseball, but it needed baseball for it to happen. This trip was about fathers and sons resolving things and storing memories; about a son getting that one-in-a-million chance to make his parents' dreams come true, just as they always tried to do for him. Now the owners and players have canceled my dad's dream. Over what?
ED KELLY, East Hartford, Conn.
Justice for Jennings
E.M. Swift writes in your Aug. 1 issue (World Class), "The last time an American won a medal in a distance race on a track at the Olympics was in 1964 when Bob Schul and Bill Delinger placed first and third in the 5,000 and Billy Mills won gold in the 10,000." In fact, Lynn Jennings got a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympic women's 10,000 meters in Barcelona.
GORDON BAKOULIS, New York City
?In addition, some track aficionados consider the steeplechase a distance event, and George Young (1968) and Brian Diemer ('84), both Americans, earned bronzes in that race.—ED.