Rose has been punished enough for his admitted and alleged misdeeds off the field. It's time to honor him for achievements on the field.
TERRY GRINER, SPOKANE
Rose and the Hall
Pete Rose is banned from baseball and can't get into the Hall of Fame because of his gambling activities and unsavory associations (SCORECARD, Sept. 22). But a player suspended for drug transgressions can keep coming back to the game and can be eligible for the Hall. Does anyone else find something wrong with that?
SCOTT COOPER, Wooster, Ohio
Charlie Hustle gave more joy to fans than virtually any other player of his day, and that's what we shall all remember long after sportswriters and Napoleonic commissioners are forgotten. I, for one, will not visit the Hall of Fame until Pete Rose's plaque is on display.
REEVE E. CHUDD
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
To suggest that Rose deserves a plaque in the Hall of Fame is appalling. Baseball would be stronger had it never known Pete Rose.
DAN KRAYESKY, Seaside Park, N.J.
The exclusion of Rose from the Hall of Fame is one of the few examples in pro sports that a parent can use to show that there is a price for breaking the rules. I tip my hat to the Hall for refusing to change the rule that excludes Pete Rose.
JOE COLLINS, Longmeadow, Mass.
I would like to nominate two more candidates to the endangered list (Endangered Species, Sept. 29): complete games and 20-game losers. No one has lost 20 games in a season since Brian Kingman was 8-20 in 1980 with the Oakland A's. That season Kingman also contributed 10 of the A's 94 complete games, the most since the Detroit Tigers' 94 in 1946. This year the Montreal Expos led the big leagues with 27 complete games.
ROBERT SCOTT, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Let me add championship fights broadcast on the radio. When I was a kid, I listened to the Floyd Patterson-Ingemar Johansson and Patterson-Sonny Liston fights on a transistor radio under my covers when I was supposed to be asleep. A good radio fight announcer, like Don Dunphy, could make a bout come alive in a way that was impossible in any other medium.
JONATHAN MENN, Appleton, Wis.
You left out the thick-barred face mask in football, the kind that players such as Dan Marino and Jerry Rice used to wear. Nowadays that type of mask has given way to the one with thinner bars worn by most collegiate and pro players, except for a few such as Greg Lloyd of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
AMIR M. MCKINNON, Lansing, Mich.
You neglected to include the baseball helmet without an earflap. One player who still wears this type of helmet is Gary Gaetti of the St. Louis Cardinals.
SEAN O'CONNOR, West Lafayette, Ind.
You could have included the quick kick. It amazes me every time I see a team run for about two yards on third down from its three-yard line when it needs 13 yards for a first down. Then the team punts from the back of the end zone. The punt, if not blocked, is typically fielded at about the 35-yard line and returned inside the 30. The quick kick is an excellent weapon in such situations.
ROBIN WELCH, McAllen, Texas