Dressed for Success
Thanks so much for the article on Natalie Coughlin (The Next Golden Girl, July 28). It's refreshing to see your magazine feature an attractive young woman who dons a swimsuit for the purpose of swimming.
DAN COONAN, Orinda, Calif.
Bound for Cooperstown
There are some amazing stats mentioned in the summaries of the accomplishments of current players you feel are headed for the Hall of Fame (Eight Men In, July 28). However, the one that says the most about today's athlete is that not one of them will spend his entire career with one team.
TOM GRECO, Nutley, N.J.
No Ken Griffey Jr.? I guess it takes only a few years to go from All-Century to All-but-Forgotten.
PHIL MANN, New York City
I was disappointed to see that you didn't include Rafael Palmeiro among your list of future Hall of Famers. Palmeiro already has more than 500 home runs and is probably on his way to more than 3,000 hits. The are only three other players with 500-3,000 credentials: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray.
KEVIN COHN, Shelton, Conn.
Bravo once again to Steve Rushin, the bravest and most clear-eyed observer of the pro sports scene, for his column on players who change teams to win rings. (AIR AND SPACE, July 28). So $1 million-plus per season for Karl Malone passes for a sacrifice today? Tell that to a Wal-Mart clerk.
HAL GREENWALD, Beverly Hills, Calif.
I have been a Utah Jazz and Malone fan since he arrived in Salt Lake City. But now that he's gone to L.A., I believe that if the Mailman delivers a ring to his new address, it will be tarnished. Let him go jump in the Great Salt Lake!
AUDREY HESS, Clearfield, Utah
Not only can the rich get richer by throwing money at players that small-market teams can't afford, but now the rich simply get richer because players want to go where they think they'll win championship rings. What NHL owner wouldn't have signed Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne for a combined $9.5 million less than they were making last year? But other than Colorado, what team was given the chance?
JOHN D'AGNOLO, St. Albert, Alberta