I was planning on sending you a letter telling how disgusted I was that you cut up Denny McLain (Downfall of a Hero, Feb. 23). Well I'm glad I didn't. I find it's better knowing the truth as the truth than seeing it as false.
I know some people are going to send you letters saying you shouldn't have "ruined" McLain's future and reputation. I know you didn't have pleasure writing this article and, if that's the case, you may be in for a miserable time. Denny McLain is only one professional athlete who has been found dealing with mobsters. How many more arc there?
I would like to congratulate you for exposing Denny McLain and his gambling activities. I can imagine the time and effort that went into publishing this story. What a catastrophe for a superb athlete like Denny McLain! I only hope his loss is sports' gain—if other athletes can be saved from his plight by this sad story.
I regret to inform you that I strongly object to the article on Denny McLain. If Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn had intended to make public the questionable facts of the matter he would have done so himself. Evidently he wanted to keep the matter quiet until he had the full story. All the facts are not established yet, and SI had no right to splatter them on its pages.
I was appalled by your inappropriate cover billing: Baseball's Big Scandal. The scandal is Denny McLain's, his parents', his family's, indeed, perhaps even our society's, but not baseball's.
Just as the incident at Mylai cannot discredit the entire armed services, and just as recent improprieties cannot alone discredit the New York Stock Exchange, so Denny McLain cannot singlehandedly discredit baseball.
I find your obvious implication of game fixing in itself scandalous. At this vulnerable time for Mr. McLain you needn't further burden him, and subsequently baseball, by implication. I am not defending him. Your overall intent is admirable and to be commended, but formidable reform journalism should be restricted to the facts and nothing but the facts.
DONALD S. REISS
Just when we need heroes so badly, you burst another bubble. I think perhaps you are more concerned with sensationalism than you are with journalism. Particularly since all the facts are not yet in.
Many of us still admire Denny despite his tragedy. All of us admire his ability.
Bay City, Mich.
The action taken against Denny McLain by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn has my support. Along with Pete Rozelle's similar decisions, the suspension indicates to sports fans that they can be assured all is being done to keep a good reputation for professional sport.