Regarding the David Wells cover story: Stick to the stats and lay off the fat.
—Carolyn Gonzalez, Garland, Texas
A Weighty Topic
I love baseball, and as an amateur player I fully appreciate the significance of David Wells's winning record, especially in the major leagues, where hitters are built like tanks and hit baseballs as far as I hit golf balls (Heavy Duty, July 10). Maybe all pitchers should consider living a little bit larger!
Matthew Smith, St. John's, Newfoundland
David Wells is not the first lefthander to drastically deviate from a healthy diet and lifestyle. As someone who grew up in Michigan I recall a doughnut-loving, motorcycle-riding southpaw who was born righthanded but had to become a lefty as the result of a serious childhood injury. He is third in career strikeouts for a lefthander, having recently been passed by Randy Johnson. He beat Bob Gibson and the Cardinals in the seventh game of the 1968 World Series and deserves consideration for the Hall of Fame. Who is he? Mickey Lolich.
Jeff Loveland, Edinburg, Va.
There is only one thing worse than gracing the cover of SI with an overweight, cigar-smoking, beer-guzzling player: the fact that the player is no longer a Yankee. Can you say Cy Young, Mr. Steinbrenner?
John Murphy, Oakland, N.J.
Talk about outraged! That's exactly what I was after reading Doug Most's article about four young men on their way to a basketball try-out who were gunned down by police simply, it seems, because they were black (Shot Through the Heart, July 10). I hope the cops who shattered the young men's dreams never practice law enforcement again.
Sallie Leary, Appleton, Wis.
When I heard about this story, I thought it was just another case of blacks complaining about the police, but after reading your article I realized I was wrong. As a white male, I am ashamed of what happened. These four guys wanted one more chance at playing basketball, but the white cops were not going to let them. Basketball was their lives, and it was taken away in a minute.
Dallas Dlouhy, La Vista, Neb.
How about a little more on how the troopers' lives and families have been devastated by this terrible mistake? And why point out the troopers' irrelevant failure to follow certain procedures when they first arrived? It's just as relevant to point out that none of the events would have happened had the driver obeyed the law and not driven with a suspended license. The whole thing seems clearly just a tragic, but understandable, error.
Eddie Anderson, Lake City, Fla.
Receiving His Due
I was glad to see that Dr. Z's list of receivers who ought to be in the Hall of Fame included Otis Taylor and Art Powell, but what about Lionel Taylor? All he did was lead the AFL in receptions for five of the league's first six years and in 1961 become the first pro football player to catch 100 passes in a season.
Stefan Walters, Asheville, N.C.
Dress for Success
As anyone who has ever applied and interviewed for a job knows, your appearance and ability to relate to the boss are crucial in determining whether or not you get the job. I found it amazing that people criticized Bulls general manager Jerry Krause for telling teenage prospect Darius Miles that he could not play in Chicago with cornrows (INSIDE THE NBA, July 10). Krause can hire whomever he wishes and enforce what he feels is an appropriate "hair code." It is a privilege, not a right, to work as a pro athlete, and we fans and the bosses don't necessarily have to take you as you are.
Mary Calissie, Wheeling, W. Va.
A Fine Catch
I was shocked by Paul Zimmerman's SCORECARD (July 24) item about Michael Irvin because I don't understand Dr. Z's lack of respect for Art Monk. Monk (above) has as many championship rings as Irvin and played on one more Super Bowl team. Plus, Monk was a Ripkenesque model of consistency: He held the NFL records for most consecutive games with a catch, most career receptions and most catches in a season. Moreover, he set those records before the advent of dump-off West Coast offenses when a 100-catch season was still rare.
David Chalk, Vienna, Va.