Born in the U.S.A.
I agree that the Pittsburgh Penguins' Joey Mullen should have received more attention upon his retirement, but I would not be so quick to agree that he was the most accomplished U.S.-born NHL player ever (SCORECARD, May 5). He was the first to reach 500 goals, making him perhaps the best U.S.-born goal scorer, but the most accomplished all-around player? No, that distinction belongs to Neal Broten of the Dallas Stars. Broten, a native of Roseau, Minn., is the only player to have won an NCAA championship ( University of Minnesota, '79) and an Olympic gold medal ( Lake Placid, '80) as well as Lord Stanley's Cup ( New Jersey Devils, '95).
DEVERY FAIRBANKS, Tucson
The stories about the Utah Jazz, who succeed as a team (Can Nice Guys Finish First? April 28), and the Chicago White Sox, who fail as a bunch of pampered prima donnas despite, or perhaps because of, their $54.2 million payroll (Pop Guns, April 28), make an obvious point. Chicago general manager Ron Schueler hires Albert Belle's personal gofer and card-playing buddy as a security guard because Belle, with a $55 million multiyear contract, is apparently too poor to hire his own entourage. Manager Terry Bevington doesn't mind if Belle won't talk to the press as long as Belle hits 50 home runs. One can only shudder at what Belle would be allowed to do if he hit 51 homers. Should highly paid, pampered stars be required to circle the bases after hitting a home run? Couldn't a security guard do it for them?
HERBERT S. WHITE, Green Valley, Ariz.
Notre Dame Tradition
In your article on Bob Davie of Notre Dame (This Old House, May 5) you write, in response to Lou Holtz's saying that Notre Dame has never hired an assistant coach, "Actually the Fighting Irish did in 1954 when they hired Terry Brennan, but that's ancient history." Just to keep the record straight, a number of Notre Dame assistant coaches have been hired as head coach: Hugh Devore in 1945 and 1963, Ed McKeever in 1944, Heartley (Hunk) Anderson in 1931 (far left), and Knute Rockne in 1918 (left). But that too is ancient history.
FRANK P. MAGGIO, Rockford, Ill.