If Verducci thinks Ripken is overrated, perhaps he should try coming into work for 2,632 consecutive days.
BRENDAN GANTS, Madison, Wis.
I was very excited to see Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak listed as the most underrated baseball record. While I am only 15,1 doubt that I'll live to see DiMaggio's record broken.
BRIAN SCHACTER, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Thanks to Kostya Kennedy for writing the truth about Bill Buckner, the most unjustly accused man in baseball history. It was Calvin Schiraldi who blew a two-run, two-out, nobody-on lead in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, although Bob Stanley certainly played a supporting role. Buckner's error came after the damage had been done—and the Red Sox would never have been in the Series without his contributions during the regular season.
DAVID BILLINGS, Brunswick, Maine
Thanks to Michael Bamberger for giving Stan Musial the credit he so deserves. Ted Williams could not carry the Man's glove in the field, could not run the bases anything like Musial and was not the team player that Musial was. Joe DiMaggio's records (56-game hitting streak excluded) do not nearly add up to Stan's.
JIM TOWLER, Columbus, Ohio
E.M. Swift claims Nolan Ryan was overrated because he lost too many games—that his winning percentage was too low for a great pitcher. Meanwhile, in another category, Tim Crothers argues that a pitcher's wins are overrated. I am sure Crothers would point out that Ryan's 3.19 career ERA was achieved while pitching for some awful teams that did not give Ryan proper run support. The best example of Ryan's plight is 1987: eight wins, 16 losses and a league-leading 2.76 ERA.
PATRICK MORRISON, Canton, Mich.
I am so glad someone else believes Jerry Rice is overrated. He's an excellent receiver, but I'd look good with Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing me the ball.
DON O'NESKY JR., Tuba
I could not agree more with Frank Deford's assessment that Steffi Graf was overrated. Monica Seles was the dominant female player in tennis in the early 1990s, winning eight Grand Slam championships to Graf's three. If it hadn't been for the April '93 stabbing, she would now have more Grand Slam titles than Graf.
JAMES HUTCHINSON, Colorado Springs
Under the Sun
A few months ago I vainly tried to describe the beauty of Kansas's Rock Chalk chant to my eye doctor, a Pennsylvanian. After your story he sent me the clipping and a note that read, "Now I understand." Thank you for opening the eyes of an ophthalmologist.
TOM WALKER, New York City
While Steve Scott was an admirable choice for underrated track stars, I would like to propose Bill Rodgers for that distinction. Rodgers consistently won world-class marathons, including Boston and New York City a remarkable four times each.
ERIC A. KARL, Atlanta
Philadelphia the most overrated city? How many cities can claim teams from all four sports in the playoff hunt, the most valuable players in two sports ( Allen Iverson and, by all rights, Donovan McNabb), a run by a college ( Temple) to the Elite Eight, two new stadiums on the way and the X Games to boot? Maybe the cheesesteaks clogged your thinking as well as your arteries. Sure we're phickle, but we know excellence when we see it. I didn't see it in your article.
BEN ROSENBERG, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.