How great it was to see an article on Ron Francis, hockey's most underappreciated player (Captain Class, March 23). Since his arrival in Pittsburgh, Francis has lived in the shadow of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, and thrived in that role. No one expected him to keep producing, yet he has. Without Francis, the Penguins would not have won Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and '92, nor would they be competing for a third championship this year.
John Strittmatter, Aurora, Ill.
You mentioned that Lakers legend Chick Hearn had recently "called his 3,000th game" (INSIDE THE NBA, March 16). Actually Hearn, who through Sunday had broadcast 3,416 Lakers games, received his recent honor for calling his 3,000th consecutive game. He has not missed one since 1965.
Marty Nabhan, Cypress, Calif.
The Elgin Watch
Elgin Baylor (22) and Dominique Wilkins are left off the list of earlier best moves because they had too many best moves (The Past, March 16)? Then you include Kevin McHale for his post-up package? What happened to Moses Malone? Did he score too many points? Malone could create his own offense and clearly had a more complete post-up package.
Arnold Tilden, Lewistown, Pa.