TOPPING THE SHOCKERS
With all due respect to the Wichita State sports information director, Casey Scott (19TH HOLE, May 12), the Shocker baseball team's 236 wins over the past four years (from 1982 through '85) are not tops in the nation. He overlooked college baseball's dominant team of the 1980s: the University of Texas, coached by Cliff Gustafson. The Longhorns achieved a four-year record of 249-49, for a winning percentage of .836. The Longhorns won 59 games in 1982, 66 in their 1983 national championship drive, 60 in '84 and 64 in '85. Going back seven years, as Scott did, Coach Gustafson's teams have amassed 425 wins, 15 more than Wichita State.
FLO HYMAN'S LEGACY (CONT.)
I'm writing to express my sincere appreciation to SI for being instrumental in saving the life of my husband, Bobby J. Credille. Richard Demak's special report, Marfan Syndrome: A Silent Killer (Feb. 17), alerted us to the possibility that Bobby might be a prime candidate for the disease that killed volleyball star Flo Hyman.
Bobby had been tested for this syndrome 18 years ago while in the military, but because he lacked the two major symptoms (heart murmur and nearsightedness), he was given a clean bill of health and the matter had been all but forgotten. Demak's article, however, described other symptoms, which along with the photographs seemed to fit Bobby exactly.
We decided that what we had read and seen was enough to warrant a call to our family doctor, who in turn gave us the name of a specialist. An echocardiogram confirmed that Bobby did indeed have Marfan's, with at least a 40% leakage of the aortic valve and an aneurysm of the aorta. Further testing by a cardiologist, including a cardiac catheterization, revealed that Bobby had a "mammoth" aneurysm of the aorta and a 40% to 50% leakage of the valve. When he learned what the odds were against survival with an aneurysm of this magnitude, Bobby agreed to undergo surgery, which was performed on May 9. Bobby is recovering nicely.
Throughout his life, Bobby had had no pain or other indications that would have warned us of this time bomb he had been carrying around inside his chest. He's 6'9" tall, weighs 252 pounds and had always been regarded as a superstrong human being. But according to our doctors, he was fortunate to have survived this long. Suffice it to say that had it not been for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, we would never even have thought about Marfan syndrome.
After studying the photographs accompanying your article on the Boston Garden (And They All Say, "This Is It? " May 19), I would like to know to whom the numbers on the banners overhead belong.
?In the order in which they appear on the two banners at top right, the retired Celtics numbers (or nickname) honor: founder Walter Brown (No. 1), Tom Sanders (16), Jim Loscutoff (LOSCY, whose number, 18, remained in use), Don Nelson (19), Dave Cowens (18), John Havlicek (17), Jo Jo White (10), former Celtics coach and now president Red Auerbach (2); and Ed Macauley (22), Bob Cousy (14), Frank Ramsey (23), Tom Heinsohn (15), Bill Sharman (21), K.C. Jones (25), Sam Jones (24) and Bill Russell (6). The Bruin numbers, encircled in yellow and white, belong to Eddie Shore (2), Lionel Hitchman (3), Bobby Orr (4), Dit Clapper (5), John Bucyk (9) and Milt Schmidt (15). Other banners celebrate the two teams' many league, conference and division championships.—ED.