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Hey, Jack, go rent The Sandlot (1993) and rewrite your article.—TOM HALEY, Medina, Ohio
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Hey, Jack, go rent The Sandlot (1993) and rewrite your article.
—TOM HALEY, Medina, Ohio

Critics' Choice
I enjoyed your piece on the top sports films (Reel Sports, Feb. 5). I do take issue with two of the movies included on your Top Fifteen list, namely, The Bad News Bears (1976) and North Dallas Forty (1979). As a professor who teaches cinema (albeit Spanish cinema), I believe these films pale in comparison to Field of Dreams (1989) and The Longest Yard (1974).
GREGORY B. KAPLAN, Knoxville, Tenn.

How could Jack McCallum omit any mention of Kirk Douglas's powerfully ruthless Champion of 1949?
ALAN OLSTER, Albuquerque

The greatest boxing movie is Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956). Paul Newman's portrayal of Rocky Graziano is masterly.
SHERMAN P. FAUNCE, Warren, Mich.

Anyone who has been in a bowling league will testify that The Big Lebowski (1998) accurately depicts the characters who hang around the lanes.
MARK HERBER, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Was I the only one who saw The Bullfighter and the Lady (1951) with Robert Stack and Gilbert Roland? It was about skeet shooting and, of course, bullfighting.

As a kid growing up in Harlem, I remember a much anticipated film, Go Man Go (1954), the story of Abe Saperstein and the basketball team he founded, the Harlem Globetrotters. Who portrayed the composite-character star of the team alongside Dane Clark as Saperstein? None other than a very young Sidney Poitier. While Poitier is a fine actor, he was such a klutz with a basketball that he was a distraction. You had jocks like Nat ( Sweetwater) Clifton playing alongside Poitier, so the contrast in ball-handling skills was obvious.
GLEN COOPER, Peachtree City, Ga.

Not including the Harold Lloyd silent classic The Freshman (1925) was unfortunate.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979) has it all: Dr. J, Kareem, Stockard Channing and Jonathan Winters.
CORY NOLAN, Chalfont, Pa.

You overlooked an excellent movie about the Negro leagues and the signing of Jackie Robinson, Soul of the Game (1996), which starred Delroy Lindo as Satchel Paige. This movie captured the spirit and frustration of the players as they dreamed of becoming major leaguers.

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