I find it hard to believe that you could have left La Salle and NBA star Tom Gola off your Pennsylvania list. He had 2,461 points and 2,201 rebounds (the highest NCAA Division I four-year total) during his college career, won an NCAA title and was a first-round pick in the 1955 NBA draft. He was a five-time NBA All-Star and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
ROBERT LEMKE, Trevose, Pa.
Jennifer Azzi—former women's college basketball player of the year, captain of the 1990 NCAA champion Stanford team and key member of the gold-medal-winning '96 U.S. women's Olympic basketball squad-belongs on Tennessee's list.
JOHN PLATZ, Palo Alto, Calif.
Not including Betsy Snite Riley on your list from Vermont was an oversight. She won a silver medal in slalom in the 1960 Winter Olympics and was on the cover of SI.
BILL RILEY, STOWE, Vt.
Twelve U.S. titles, three American records in the same NCAA championship meet, an Olympic gold and a world record in swimming should be enough to place Tom Dolan among the top 50 sports figures in Virginia.
AARON SHAPIRO, Arlington, Va.
Five pro football titles, including the first two Super Bowls, twice an All-Pro and a member of the Packers Hall of Fame: This was accomplished by Fred (Fuzzy) Thurston, who belongs on your Wisconsin list.
SAM KLUCK, DePere, Wis.
The Ones That Got Away
SPORTS FANS LOVE a good debate. Want proof? More than 1,000 of our readers have nominated sports figures they feel belonged—but weren't included—on our list of the top 50 from each of the states. Strong cases can be made for many of them. Three athletes whom we unfortunately overlooked are: heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield ( Georgia), three-time world champion wrestler Bruce Baumgartner ( New Jersey) and Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter ( New York).—ED.
Great job rounding up all those athletes for each state. I have one question: What's in the water in Ohio? What a list!
—PAUL M. DeROSE, Wilbraham, Mass.