An article on unbeatable sports records (The Record Company, Jan. 8) that didn't mention Johnny Vander Meer's two consecutive no-hitters in 1938? The fact that we still make a big deal about a pitcher almost pitching one no-hitter is reason enough to include this feat. If anyone even comes close to tying Vander Meer's record, let alone breaking it, I'll buy Jack McCallum dinner.
Port Washington, N. Y.
My only criticism of McCallum's article on records is the omission of Nolan Ryan's 5,076 (and counting) career strikeouts. Ryan has almost 1,000 strikeouts more than his nearest competitor, Steve Carlton, and some 1,500 more than the nearest active pitcher, Bert Blyleven.
DOUGLAS F. NEWMAN
What about Richard Petty's 200 NASCAR Winston Cup victories?
Lake Carmel, N. Y.
Harvey Haddix's 12 consecutive perfect innings for the Pirates in a 1959 game against the Milwaukee Braves.
East Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bear Bryant's 323 Division I college football victories.
Most consecutive seasons as manager of a major league team, 50, set by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics.
Connie Mack's lifetime 4,025 losses as a major league baseball manager.
JOHN D. WILSON
Newtown Square, Pa.
I doubt very much if anyone will ever top Billy Martin and manage the Yankees six times.
New York City
Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics had a pitching record of 152-41 (.788) from 1928 to 1933. His .788 winning percentage may be the best for any six-year span since 1901.
RICHARD M. GIBSON
Fran Tarkenton, quarterback for the Vikings and the Giants: most attempts (6,467), most completions (3,686), most passing yards (47,003) and most passing touchdowns (342) in NFL history.