Those who sought to keep Don Haskins out of the Hall of Fame are not fit to carry his shoes.
—THOMAS MORE LEINENWEBER, Chicago
The Rocket's Red Glare
Your cover picture of Roger Clemens in a Yankees uniform made me sad (Booster Rocket, March 1). Unlike David Wells, Clemens has no loyalty to the tradition of the Yankees. His loyalties have been to personal milestones and to money. George Steinbrenner went to the well once too often with this trade, and it will come back to haunt him in October.
PAUL J. CURRAN JR., Orinda, Calif.
When things get uncomfortable for Clemens in New York, he will quit on the Yankees just as he quit on the Red Sox and the Blue Jays. Clemens is nothing if not predictable.
JIM KADRA, Ware, Mass.
Unbelievable. The Yankees did the one thing short of a plane crash that could keep them from repeating—they traded for the Wilt Chamberlain of baseball. They may have enough talent to overcome the drag of Mr. Me, Myself and I, but I wouldn't bet on it.
DAVID A. BOWER, Bangor, Maine
My memories of the 1986 World Series include Clemens's leaving the sixth game because of a blister on his finger.
JOHN CUSHING, Mullica Hill, N.J.
While it is sad to see a flamboyant guy like Wells get traded, the Yankees could hardly pass up the opportunity to get a future Hall of Famer in Clemens.
JIM CLUTTER, Mt. Laurel, N.J.
How can the Yankees even begin to think they can improve a team that won 125 games? They have rolled the dice with their team chemistry by giving up two accomplished lefthanded pitchers plus a promising young infielder to get Clemens.
BILL PARIETTI, Tualatin, Ore.
After 25 years of therapy, I thought I was finally over Maryland's loss to North Carolina State in the 1974 ACC conference final. Your article (Losers, Weepers, March 8) opened up old wounds but also brought back wonderful memories of two terrific teams.
GERALD KENNEY, Lake Bluff, Ill.
Down Memory Lane
Congratulations to Alexander Wolff for his fine article about UTEP coach Don Haskins (The Bear in Winter, March 1). Although I am neither old enough to recall the NCAA title game in 1966 nor a follower of his career at UTEP, I wish I could sit in the RV with him after a game, sipping some Scotch and listening to him tell stories.
TOM CASSIDY, Algonquin, Ill.
I am thankful that Haskins's 1966 Texas Western team changed college basketball forever. However, year after year I read about the all-white Kentucky team that they defeated, as if it were the only all-white team in the country. In reality, many college basketball teams in those days were all-white. It's a shame that Kentucky had enough talent to beat an all-white Duke team in the 1966 semifinals. Had Duke won, history and SI might have painted a different picture.
CHRIS HARPENAU, Atlanta