I liked Craig Neff's piece on Wally Joyner, especially the title (The Wonderful World Of Wally, May 26). Joyner's success can only have a positive effect on the rest of us Wallys.
WALLACE (WALLY) RENFREW
A BIG HIT
I enjoyed Bruce Anderson's article (A Tiger On Beach And Court, June 2) on Karch Kiraly and would eagerly welcome more volleyball news.
Although many of Kiraly's accomplishments were listed, I think you omitted one amazing item. As I recall, Kiraly was picked as a preseason second-team All-America by Volleyball magazine in his freshman year at UCLA. In other words, he was a collegiate All-America before ever playing a game.
In SCORECARD (June 2) you noted various certificates of deposit that were sports-related. We have initiated a similar program. Like Skokie (Ill.) Federal, we have a "Grand Slam" CD for the baseball season. We offer a one-year CD starting at 7.50%, tied to the record of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Beginning with the date the account is opened, the customer will be credited .01% for every game the Rangers win throughout the remainder of the season.
When we came up with this idea, we based our format on the historical performance of the Rangers. Suffice it to say, we felt we were not taking a great risk. At the time of this writing, the Rangers have won 24 games and share first place in the American League West. If the Rangers continue to win, our allegiance may be tested.
JOE L. WILLIAMS
President and CEO
Texas Heritage Savings Association
I especially enjoyed the June 2 SIDELINE on Len Soucy concerning his wonderful work with birds. As an amateur birder, I'm proud of the great job Soucy does and equally proud of SI for telling his story.
From the NHL to Darrell Evans's UFO (A Specialist In Flying Objects, June 2), SI covers it all.
Ponca City, Okla.
ANOTHER GARDEN MAN
I read with great interest Leigh Montville's story on the Boston Garden and its illustrious history. I was disappointed, however, not to see my late father-in-law, Eddie Powers, mentioned. He not only worked at the Garden from 1928 until his death in 1973, but also served as its president and general manager. After his family, the Garden was his first love. For any given night Eddie could give you the Celtics' or Bruins' score and the Garden attendance figure. He loved to take visiting relatives on tours of the Garden, with a stop at his upstairs office. He entertained us with stories of Garden adventures. I'm sure he would have been proud to see "his" Garden featured in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
Pacific Grove, Calif.
Frank Deford's splendid story (A Pair Beyond Compare, May 26) on Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova, their intense rivalry and warm friendship, touched me, for I know those feelings well. Clarence Chaffee of Williamstown, Mass., and I shared similar emotions and experiences from 1977, when I entered 75-and-over SuperSenior tennis, to 1982, when Chaffee was forced by injury into semiretirement.
In five years of play we met in 20 finals, played doubles, and roomed, ate and traveled together when we could. Here is our box score: