A Brilliant Galaxy
Chills. That word best describes what I felt after reading Living Legends (July 30). I was only three when Willie Mays signed a baseball for my oldest brother. It remains our most cherished ball.
DENNIS SCOTT DAY, Alexandria, Va.
I don't think I've seen a picture that captures the heart and soul of baseball as well as the one of Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford. You don't see a pair of Hall of Fame Yankees; you see two boys who love the game.
DAVID TITCHENAL, Woodburn, Ore.
In the faces captured by Walter Iooss Jr. and in the simple, nostalgic words of Steve Rushin, the beauty and appeal of baseball became real to me again. I saw all the old stars play. These legends must be disappointed, even ashamed of the whining and greed of many of today's pampered players.
PETER W. BERTSCHMANN, Sherborn, Mass.
Thank you for the article on Donovan McNabb by John Ed Bradley (Eagle Scout, July 30). It is great to see a young man with class and an exemplary work ethic be successful and keep a level head. Sam and Wilma McNabb did an outstanding job of instilling these qualities in their sons. Here's hoping Donovan continues to prove those boo birds wrong.
ROBERT HERNANDEZ JR., El Paso
Bradley's article accurately portrayed McNabb's personality and his potential. Here in Philly we are ashamed of those 30 idiots who booed McNabb at Madison Square Garden. I believe most fans wanted him over Ricky Williams, but few people across the nation know that because of what happened on draft day.
Washington Crossing, Pa.
Radio Days and Nights
As a 53-year-old Dodgers fan, I enjoyed Steve Rushin's The Sounds of Summer (AIR AND SPACE, July 30). I have been a police officer in a small Idaho town for the past 22 years and have listened to Vin Scully on my cruiser radio during many a late shift. I no longer work graveyards, but I do go out to the car in the driveway and turn the radio on to listen to Vin's play-by-play. The neighbors drive by and look at me as if I have lost it. I wave and pull the car back and forth in the driveway for the best reception. Life is good.
RICK L. SKELLY, Fruitland, Idaho
Baseball is best on the radio, but Rushin left out the most important reason: You don't have to watch grown men chew and spit on their shoes for three hours.
ALLAN R. SILVERSTEIN, Hamden, Conn.
I fell in love with baseball—and the Mets—listening to Bob Murphy say after each New York victory, "We'll be back with the happy recap." To this day I much prefer listening to watching a game.
STEPHEN B. SILVERMAN, Bayside, N.Y.
Rushin left out the summer's sweetest sound of all, the voice of Philly's Harry Kalas.
MIKE TARKETT, Mount Laurel, N.J.
The Pirates' late Bob (the Gunner) Prince.
BOB HODDER, Gibsonia, Pa.