Larry Bird and Magic Johnson should be congratulated for showing young ballplayers how to win and lose with class. They play with dedication, intensity and enthusiasm, and with a style marked by greatness.
RICHARD M. SERBAY
As a native Californian, I have survived the earthquake of '71, the gasoline shortage of '79, the smog, the traffic, the spiked hairdo and the Beach Boys. But I do not think I will ever get over the shock of seeing our beloved Magic Johnson wearing a g-g-g-green Celtic jersey! I am still shaking!
RAYMOND J. SANTOS
Woodland Hills, Calif.
You put Bird in Magic's uniform and Magic in Bird's. Please don't ever do that again!
North Berwick, Maine
I truly enjoyed your article on Jim Eisenreich (Fighting the Enemy Within, June 22). My son, who is 16, also suffers from this often misdiagnosed and always misunderstood ailment (Tourette syndrome).
Your excellent account only begins to touch on the emotional and social pain that is associated with the uncontrollable movements and voices caused by Tourette. Unfortunately, while suppressing the symptoms, Haldol, the medication usually prescribed, causes its own set of problems, as you pointed out.
We are thankful (as I'm sure Eisenreich is) for athletics, for the release it gives to Tourette victims. Our son is an all-conference golfer for his high school team.
How gratifying it is that a widely read magazine like SI has helped inform the public about this cruel disease.
VICTOR A. HOOD
I can understand Peter Gammons's zeal when writing about a fine Toronto Blue Jays ball club (To Know 'Em Is to Fear 'Em, June 22). His enthusiasm, however, has carried him into the realm of exaggeration when he claims Tony Fernandez can do everything better defensively than Ozzie Smith except backflips. The once-in-a-lifetime plays Fernandez is described as making once a week are the kind Ozzie makes once a day.
Tony Fernandez may be the best shortstop in the American League, but Ozzie Smith is the greatest shortstop to have played the game. Ever. Period.
You recently suggested (INSIDE BASEBALL, June 15) that Bobby Winkles was "sacked" as Oakland's manager in 1978. To the contrary, having suffered Charles O. Finley long enough, Winkles resigned with the A's in first place and his dignity intact.