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July 17, 1995
That Mickey Mantle admitted to his illness and courageously fought it should be an inspiration to others.RICHARD M. DENTON, HUDSON, OHIO
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I will always admire Mantle for the spirit he displayed on and off the field. He is a survivor!
JIM CAMPBELL, Oceanside, Calif.

Edifice Complex
Your article (The Shakedown, June 19) was timely and necessary. The Bears are trying to get out of Soldier Field because of the condition of the stadium. But the public schools are a disaster, the streets are falling apart, and public transportation is showing its age. Even if the team deserves a new stadium, should it take priority over other needs?
LARRY SIEGEL, Manteno, Ill.

Bond issues for new stadiums should include a guarantee that the team will stay in its new home for at least 20 years, unless something untoward happens to make the facility uninhabitable.

Last I heard, Nashville was one of the largest TV markets in America without a professional team. New Jersey didn't even sell out regular-season games during a Stanley Cup-winning season. Could we do much worse? Ain't likely.

I would be overjoyed if George Steinbrenner decided to move the Yankees across the Hudson to New Jersey. However, I would object to one of the names Tim Crothers suggested. The name Bayonne Bombers is already taken by our rugby team. So while the Yankees are more than welcome to share our state, our name is not for sale.

Lansing Lugnuts
You reported that "the citizens of Lansing, Mich., are quite content to call the Midwest League Class A baseball franchise coming to town next season the Lugnuts" (SCORECARD, June 5). Content is not the term. At best, most of us are resigned. When the local paper reported the new nickname of the former Springfield (Ill.) Sultans a day before the official announcement, reaction was mostly split between those who thought the name was stupid and those who thought it was a joke to build publicity for the real name soon to be revealed. The local media were swamped with reaction, very little of it positive. "Screw the Lugnuts" is one of the cleaner epithets that springs to mind.

Worse than the nickname is the team logo. It is apparently supposed to be a lugnut on top of a bolt, but it looks like a screw with a one-toothed frown. If the owners really wanted the team to reflect the local auto industry, it ought to be called the Lansing Layoffs.
ANN HERZBERG, Lansing, Mich

The Alous
Having immigrated to this country from the Dominican Republic in 1962, I was delighted to read your article on the Alous and their impact on baseball (Diamond Heirs, June 19). My two brothers and I grew up playing ball, alternately pretending to be Felipe, Matty or Jesus. Your story was not only a fitting testament to a fine family, but it also provided a window on the deep love and respect Dominicans have for the game.

I appreciate the dedication the Alou family has to baseball. The sport was a way out of the Dominican Republic and a ticket to a better life. Baseball has given them a chance, and the Alous have repaid the sport by making it a family passion.
ELISEO D'ALTORIO, St. Leonard, Que.

I fondly remember watching Felipe, Matty and Jesus play. In these days of whining, overpaid ballplayers, it's nice to be reminded of the good things the game has to offer. The Alous were and still are a class act.
RICHARD L. WHITE, Valdez, Alaska

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