E.M. Swift's story on the Special Olympics (They Came Up Roses, Aug. 17) certainly captured the feeling of the event and, more important, the cause. I attended the opening ceremonies, and I regret not having made the time to attend later on in the week. One can work any day, but the chance to witness a victory of the human spirit arises all too rarely and should never be squandered.
One additional point: Special Olympics is a year-round program. This was a once-every-four-years culmination of hard work and determination. The real heroism of these athletes, coaches and volunteers is revealed in their efforts and dedication every day, when thousands are not present to cheer them on.
Oak Park, Ill.
There is something out of balance with the world when we devote so many games a year to the philosophy "you must win at any cost" and only one set of games every four years to the thought "everyone is a winner."
PETER J. MITCHELL
New York City
Bravo! Your Aug. 17 issue was a gem. Your heartwarming coverage of the Special Olympics prompted me to inquire as to how I can become involved in such activities. The story on Rueben Mayes (The Saint from Shiloh) was equally inspiring. Sports heroes of such wonderful character don't get nearly the exposure they deserve.
Jill Lieber's story on Rueben Mayes was a great piece on a fine young man and an unstoppable running back. Although I live in Bear country, I feel this is the year the Saints will come marching in—in the Super Bowl, that is.
Mike Tyson may be the most exciting young boxer to come along in the heavyweight division in recent years, but despite his victory over Tony Tucker (Only One No. I, Aug. 10), he has no legitimate claim to the world championship. Michael Spinks twice defeated former undisputed champ Larry Holmes and has successfully defended his title. Until Tyson gets in the ring with Spinks (and isn't it strange how reluctant he appears to be?), Iron Mike is nothing more than the No. 1 contender for Spinks's crown.
I have a message for Don King and anyone else who envisions Tyson enjoying a long reign as king of the heavyweights: If the pressures of trying to keep people satisfied and the glare of the spotlight don't get him first, current cruiserweight Evander Holyfield will.
You said, "Tucker went the distance by running and clinching, and you can't take a title that way." Maybe Tucker can't, but Ray Leonard did (Comeback for the Ages, April 13).
Why aren't Leo Durocher and Roger Maris in the Hall of Fame? Let's hope that Steve Wulf's excellent essay (POINT AFTER, Aug. 10) will enlighten enough of the so-called experts so that these two great athletes receive their just due.
Port Charlotte, Fla.
The bat and ball from home run No. 61 are in the Hall, so why not Maris?
Harwood, N. Dak.