Stefanie Spielman said that Chris felt sorry for all of the people who bought Spielman jerseys now that he has retired. I bought mine today.
—ANN RAKOWIECKI, Williams Bay, Wis.
The King and I
Too bad we didn't have ESPN when Eddie Feigner (above) was at the peak of his popularity. He was not only a great athlete but a great entertainer, driving up to the mound in his red Cadillac convertible, always late, with a beautiful girl at his side. I played against him twice and in six at bats had a foul tip to show for it.
GEORGE G. SILVA, Perth Amboy, N.J.
Around the Horn
I believe that your rationale for not including the catcher's position in your story on the Mets' star-studded infield can be debated (Glove Affair, Sept. 6). Without Mike Piazza, the Mets would not have had such a successful season. If Gold Glover Ivan Rodriguez was behind the plate for New York, would he have been omitted?
JON LIEB, New York City
?Yes, because baseball tradition dictates that defensively the catcher is primarily a member of the battery, not the infield.—ED.
Your cover line The Best Infield Ever? has one thing seriously wrong with it. The question mark should be replaced by an exclamation point!
JAMES E. TRIMBLE, Simsbury, Conn.
I'll take the Indians' infield of first baseman Jim Thome, second baseman Roberto Alomar, shortstop Omar Vizquel and third baseman Travis Fryman over the Mets' any day of the year.
DOUGLAS C. FRATER, Apollo, Pa.
Consistency and longevity are crucial in achieving greatness. To bestow such an honor on an infield that has been together for only a season is premature. Let's see them play even half as long as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey before we anoint them.
TODD ELIASON, Allen, Texas
As a Philadelphia Phillies fan it hurts to recall the 1964 season, but I feel compelled to speak up for the '64 St. Louis Cardinals infield of Bill White, Julian Javier, Dick Groat and Ken Boyer.
PHILIP DI BARTOLO, Philadelphia
Dreams of Their Teams
How could you leave the 1967 Red Sox off your list (Our Favorite Teams, Sept. 6)? Led by Carl Yastrzemski, they went from next to last in the league to Game 7 of the World Series in one year. By winning game after game in improbable fashion, Boston captivated an entire nation.
DAVE MUNSON, Kalamazoo, Mich.
The 1972 Boston Bruins were boring compared with the '74 Philadelphia Flyers of Dave (Hammer) Schultz, Bob (Hound) Kelly, Andre (Moose) DuPont, Don (Big Bird) Saleski and Hall of Famers Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber. This bunch led the Flyers to two Stanley Cups, scared the Soviets off the ice in 1976 and were preceded by their reputations when they went on the road. Lock the doors and hide the children, the Broad Street Bullies are in town!
MARK DICKENS, Sewell, N.J.