I have fond recollections of this outstanding gentleman in action: Archie leading the Pledge of Allegiance in a way that brought tears to the eyes of grown men, Archie unable to walk down the street without being mobbed by well-wishers, Archie in a junior high boys' locker room with some of the toughest kids in town, all of whom were hypnotized by his presence.
Thanks for rekindling these and many more memories of one of the finest men I have ever met.
C. CARL ALLEN
As a neurologist who has treated patients with convulsive disorders for more than 20 years, I have two comments regarding the article on Chicago White Sox first baseman Greg Walker (Just Happy To Be Here, April 17).
First, the actions of Sox trainer Herm Schneider during Walker's seizure should be emphatically denounced, although Schneider himself should not be criticized, because he was unaware that a seizure was occurring. The type of seizure described is self-limiting and does not require potentially dangerous physical attempts at resuscitation.
Second, although Walker should be commended for resuming his normal life activities, he is not the first pro athlete to overcome a seizure disorder. Baseball's Hal Lanier, basketball's Bobby Jones and hockey's Garry Howatt all completed notable careers while being treated with anticonvulsant medications. It would have been better to emphasize that normal life-styles are expected for seizure patients and that Walker's situation is not extraordinary. To imply anything to the contrary is to do a disservice to the millions of seizure patients who are living normal lives.
DONALD KAISERMAN, M.D.
West Covina, Calif.
I enjoyed Sarah Boxer's story on the intimidating aura of black-clad teams (Dark Forces, April 17). The dress-to-kill theory may have had an early practitioner in legendary baseball manager John J. McGraw. An ornery and intimidating man, McGraw outfitted his New York Giants team in black broadcloth uniforms for the 1905 World Series against Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. Result: The Giants crushed the Athletics in five games, allowing no earned runs in the entire Series.
Unfortunately for McGraw, the Athletics weren't as impressed with the uniforms when the two teams met in the 1911 Series. McGraw reordered the black outfits, but the Giants bats were no match for the pitching of future Hall of Famers Eddie Plank and Chief Bender. The Athletics won the Series in six games. Good uniforms may go a long way, but good pitching goes farther.
To add to Boxer's article: New Zealand's national rugby team is called the All-Blacks because of the color of its uniforms. The All-Blacks have dominated their sport since 1905.
In the first-ever Rugby World Cup, held in New Zealand and Australia in 1987 and seen by almost one billion television viewers, the All-Blacks overwhelmed seven other powers—Argentina, Scotland, Fiji, Italy, Wales, France and Australia—by a combined score of 320-62. So Boxer and researchers Tom Gilovich and Mark G. Frank can now rest their case. Wear black and win.
PAUL B. ANDREW
One of the most intimidating teams in the NFL last season was the Houston Oilers, whose home stadium is known as the House of Pain. The color of their jerseys: Columbia (I call it baby) blue.
North Providence, R.I.