As a Pittsburgh Pirate fan, I am appalled at Peter Gammon's suggestion (INSIDE BASEBALL, April 14) that the Pirates trade Tony Pena, R.J. Reynolds and Pat Clements for some Toronto players. I think Pete ought to be traded to The Sporting News for 2� and a writer to be named later!
ROBERT L. GLOVAN
McKees Rocks, Pa.
I was pleased to read Gary Smith's article on former Detroit Tiger pitcher Mark Fidrych (The Bird Fell To Earth) in your April 7 issue. But I was really impressed when, upon turning the page, I found Jack McCallum's piece on Bill Laimbeer of the Pistons (A Crashing Success) and then a few pages later, Bob Kravitz's report on the NCAA champion Michigan State hockey team (Fast Finish For The Spartans). With the Michigan Wolverines ranked No. 2 in college football, the Michigan State Spartans in the Elite Eight in basketball and No. 1 in hockey, the Pistons headed for the NBA playoffs and the Tigers projected to be in the thick of the American League pennant chase, what more can I say? My compliments on three fine salutes to Michigan sports.
VENERABLE GREEN JACKETS
Brian Lanker's photographic essay, Viewing The Masters With A New Eye, includes a picture of 90-year-old Joseph Bryan's green jacket and a caption stating that Bryan is the oldest member of Augusta National.
With all due respect to Mr. Bryan, my grandfather, Ike Grainger of Wilmington, N.C., a past president of the USGA and long one of the leading experts on the rules of golf, is the oldest member. He turned 91 on Jan. 15.
?Stuart Grainger is correct. Bryan was born on Feb. 11,1896, 13 months after Ike.—ED.
I can't believe your fine magazine would run a picture of such a distinguished man as Joseph Bryan and not show his face.
WILLIAM H. SHEARMAN
Lake Charles, La.
?Above are both Bryan (left) and Grainger, as he appeared in January 1984.—ED.
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