Concerning Pat Putnam's article on Gerry Cooney (Hello, Gerry, Where Ya Been?, June 9), let's face it: Cooney is an American sports hero. Anybody who questions his ability should ask Eddie Gregg whether Cooney is the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division or just another white hope. There is no doubt in my mind that Cooney is the next heavyweight champion of the world. Even more important, nobody in professional boxing has more class or concern for his family and friends than Gerry apparently has. He has always been a champion and role model in my eyes.
GARY ZEIG II
Putnam did a good job of explaining the problems Gerry Cooney has had to deal with (the loss to Larry Holmes and numerous nagging injuries). Not many magazine or newspaper stories have been fair to him. Cooney brings a breath of fresh air to a sport that sometimes stinks. I wish him the best of luck in his quest for the heavyweight title.
Chicago Ridge, Ill.
By coming back in the face of years of negative press, Cooney is exhibiting extraordinary character and perseverance. Go for it, Gerry! You'll make a great champ.
CHARLIE MARTIN JR.
West Caldwell, N.J.
Should SI receive word that Cooney is again considering a trip to Easton to fight Holmes on the street, please let me know. I would much rather watch Larry beat him again here for free than shell out another $20 to watch him do it on closed-circuit TV.
Cooney says he loves to fight but hates the politics of boxing. What excuse will he think of next? I think Cooney fears Holmes or any challenge. He doesn't love to fight, he wants his fights handed to him. Now that Holmes is apparently out of the game, Cooney is talking title. The only WBA title Cooney will ever hold in my estimation is that of the World Bums' Association.
To separate the men from the boys, put Cooney in with Mike Tyson. When Cooney recovers from that loss, drive him to Easton, Pa., and let him fight Holmes on the street. Then buy Cooney a lunch bucket and let him find a job.
After studying the photographs that accompanied Ron Fimrite's article on San Francisco manager Roger Craig and the split-fingered fastball (The Pitch Of The '80s, June 9), I realized that 9 out of the lineup of 10 Giants pitchers shown on page 70 are holding the ball with their right hand. Is there only one lefty on the staff?
?In addition to Mark Davis, who was pictured, there are three other lefties on the staff. Atlee Hammaker is on the disabled list, and Terry Mulholland has since been called up from Phoenix. Craig says both use the split-fingered fastball. The other lefty, Vida Blue, doesn't use the split-finger.—ED.
CAUGHT UP IN THE CUP
As a die-hard soccer fan, I thank you. These past few weeks you have spoiled soccer fans all over America, what with Clive Gammon's World Cup preview and story on Pat Jennings (Shootout In Mexico and A Grand Old Man) in your June 2 issue and with Jaime Diaz's account of the MISL championship and the San Diego Sockers fifth straight title in two leagues (Dynasty With An Asterisk) in the June 9 edition.
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Many thanks for the article on Northern Ireland's splendid goalkeeper, Pat Jennings. As a staunch supporter of England's Tottenham Hotspurs, I welcome any stories on Spurs players past and present, arid British soccer in general.