IN DEFENSE OF GUNS
I take exception to your contention in SCORECARD (Aug. 28), "It's quite possible that if Sacramento Kings guard Ricky Berry hadn't owned a handgun, he might not have committed suicide...." It is a tragedy when anyone commits suicide, whether he is an NBA guard or a confused teenager. However, I submit that a person distressed enough to contemplate suicide will use any means. You took a cheap shot at handguns.
JACK A. BORAH
APO New York, N.Y.
You were right in deploring the attack by three "apparently drunk" Georgia Tech football players on two young women (SCORECARD, Aug. 21). The same issue has four pages of advertising for alcoholic beverages. Your magazine is read by many young people, such as those three Georgia Tech players, and the ads are directed at selling them products. If this hypocrisy is not obvious and troublesome to SI and its staff, it sure is to me.
RYAN VS. TYSON
Nolan Ryan is truly an amazing athlete. Why, according to your list, he has even K'd Mike Tyson three times.
Cedar Hill, Texas
?That's former Cardinal (1972-79) and Cub ('80-81) shortstop-second baseman Mike Tyson, of course, not the heavyweight champ. It was in '80, as a Cub, that Tyson was fanned three times by Ryan. As a Card (left), he made 108 double plays in '74, tops for National League shortstops that year.—ED.