Reilly is right to applaud the prodigious feats of Willie Mays. However, if he thinks the Say Hey Kid had the best outfield arm, he never had the pleasure—as I did—of seeing the late Roberto Clemente patrol rightfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates. If Mays owned a grenade launcher, Clemente employed a laser-guided missile.
PHILIP K. CURTIS, Atlanta
As a lifelong Giants fan, what I most remember about Mays is that sense that no matter what else was going on in the game, you could never take your eyes off Willie. You were afraid that if you did, even for a moment, you might miss something extraordinary.
RICH JAROSLOVSKY, New York City
In retirement Mays has become a bitter man because he feels he hasn't been recognized as baseball's greatest living player. I don't disagree with him, but part of that is his own doing. Several years ago, at a card show on Staten Island, Mays was surly, unsmiling and nasty. It was disheartening to meet a longtime idol and to see him treat people rudely.
KEVIN LEWIS, Staten Island, N.Y.
As a kid growing up in Phoenix during the '60s, I'd ride my bike across town to Phoenix Municipal Stadium to watch the Giants' spring training games. I cherish today the autograph Willie gave me on the cover of his autobiography.
MAT CLIFFORD, Bend, Ore.
Wow, what a rush Reilly's column is for Maysophiles like myself! One item needs correction, however. Willie's name is Willie Howard Mays, not William. Even that adds to his mystique.
RICHARD POPPER, Lebanon, N.J.
Please get the spelling right on the name of the Phillies Hall of Fame broadcaster who described how fast Mays was. It is Harry Kalas, not Callas. Harry deserves the respect of having his name spelled correctly, just like the other Hall of Famers in Reilly's article.
RON MESTICHELLI, Mantua, N.J.
? SI regrets the errors—ED.
Hats Off to Larry
Like him or not, Larry Bowa has brought meaningful September baseball back to Philadelphia ( Larry Bowa Sees Red, Sept. 15). We enjoy it now because of what you call Larry's "combustibility." He may be a little outrageous at times, but he loves to win and has shown nothing but loyalty and support to his players all season, especially the horrendous Pat Burrell.
CATHY ALMOND, Cherry Hill, N.J.
In your report on Delaware (Sports in America, Sept. 15) you forgot to mention Delaware alum Scott Brunner, who threw three touchdown passes as he led the New York Giants to a 27-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 27, 1981, the Giants' first postseason appearance after an 18-year drought.
HOWARD YANOFSKY, Montreal
The UD men's basketball team, the Ass Kickin' Chickens, appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1992, '93, '98 and '99. Men's lacrosse reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament in '99. And how could you leave out former San Francisco 49ers All-Pro wide receiver John Taylor, who attended Delaware State?
MATT SCOUT, Oakton, Va.