As for the Blue Jays, it is unfortunate that the second-best team in baseball wasn't around for the playoffs. They are a class ball club and, I am sure, will be heard from in the future.
It is pretty obvious that Peter Gammons counted his Blue Jays before they hatched.
Lincoln Park, Mich.
I was only three years old when Dave Meggyesy (Still on the Outside, Oct. 5) quit football and wrote his book Out of Their League. However, after reading the book this past summer at the age of 21, I find it relevant. Speaking out as he did was, I feel, an act of courage, not an act of treason. Thank you for an update on a true spokesman for his time—and for our time.
College Park, Md.
Dave Meggyesy is a person to be highly admired and valued. We need more people like him—counterculture heroes, mavericks and gadflies—to give their views on our society's issues and problems. Any book that helps develop open minds, greater tolerance and more accepting attitudes is welcome.
Are you sure Dave Meggyesy's favorite book isn't Das Kapital?
JED S. FRANCIS
I thought SI had stopped running dumb jock articles.
JOCK LIT (CONT.)
I very much enjoyed Jack McCallum's article on sports literature (Jock Lit, Sept. 21). I am an avid reader of sports books. Two that McCallum didn't mention that I would recommend are A Coach's World, by Richard (Digger) Phelps and Larry Keith, and Distant Replay, by Jerry Kramer with Dick Schaap. Coach Phelps's book delves into Notre Dame basketball, the highlight of which is the section on Notre Dame's stopping of UCLA's 88-game winning streak.
I read books by athletes to learn what it's like to be a world-class performer and to have the eyes and expectations of fans thrust upon you at an early age. One of the best of this type I have read is Giant Steps by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Peter Knobler.
PETER F. JUNKER
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
After perusing your article, I pulled my favorite sports book—The Game, by Ken Dryden, former goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens—off the shelf and reread it. If you want to know what it's like to play one of the most isolated and pressurized positions in sport, this is the book to read.
ROBERT A. PARKS
The best sports book I have ever read is One More July, by George Plimpton, about Bill Curry, former NFL lineman and present coach at the University of Alabama. It gave me an exciting, insider's point of view into pro football and such personalities as Dick Butkus, Merlin Olsen and Vince Lombardi. It is also the funniest book on sports I have read.
LANCE R. MALLON