Yes, Garrity, you are getting old.
As the wife of a high school wrestling coach and as an avid reader of SI, I commend Shannon Brownlee for the excellent article on John Smith (How Low Can You Get? March 14). Wrestling, at all levels, has become extremely competitive, and it was great to see your magazine devote five pages to Smith and his sport.
I especially liked the pictorial demonstration of Smith's "signature takedown." I hope that other wrestlers will begin to use it.
LINDA M. HAUERWAS
Oak Creek, Wis.
The problem with PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman (Goodbye, And Don't Hurry Back, March 7) and a lot of others is that they apparently believe the Tour exists solely because there are professional golfers. Wrong. The PGA Tour exists because there are fans who want to watch these golfers. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson seem to realize this; hence, they advocate that Seve Ballesteros be allowed to play whenever tournament sponsors want him. The PGA and golf need players with the style and charisma of Ballesteros.
Your bleeding-heart article is just an attempt to bring about a special rule for the superegotist, Seve Ballesteros. For years he has considered himself above the rules. What about the player who doesn't get a spot in a tournament because a special rule has allowed Ballesteros to play? Seve may be colorful, popular and good at what he does, but I resent his holier-than-thou attitude.
ROBERT M. JACKSON
It's a sad commentary on SI when a Chip Beck, who has played his heart out for years without complaint or excuse, finally wins a PGA Tour event and gets only a few lines, while the biggest crybaby ever misses the cut and gets two pages of plaudits and excuses for losing.
Notwithstanding Harvey Kuenn's success as a major league player, coach and manager (SCORECARD, March 7), those of us who were his teammates at Milwaukee Lutheran High and at the University of Wisconsin will always feel that his greatest athletic achievement occurred in a 1948 football game against Milwaukee University School, during which he drop-kicked a 52-yard field goal. In recognition of this feat, the Associated Press selected Harvey as Wisconsin's high school Player of the Week.
Yes, Audrey, your husband was something!
RALPH H. KRUEGER
?For a look at Kuenn as he appeared in Milwaukee Lutheran High's 1949 yearbook, see left.—ED.