RICK BARRY VS. VIRGINIA
Peter Carry's article on Rick Barry (Yes, Rick, There Is a Virginia, Aug. 24) is very good. I used to like Barry, but when he jumped to the ABA I didn't think much of him. Living where I do, I don't see much major league ball, and when the former Caps moved to Virginia I was really glad to hear it, especially because they had Barry, Charlie Scott and Doug Moe. But what Barry had to say about Virginia was a slur on the whole South. Maybe Barry doesn't like the Southern way of talking but he has no reason to cut us down. If he does come down here we'll boo him right to Alaska and see how he likes it up there!
My heart bleeds when I consider the burdensome problems of Rick Barry. His crying about a contractual obligation of his own making should forewarn Franklin Mieuli as to the kind of loyalty he is trying to repurchase. Instead of worrying about his son's enunciation Barry would best consider whether his son can respect a father who evades the responsibilities he has accepted "out in front of God and everyone."
Staten Island, N.Y.
As a Virginian I am thrilled to have the Squires in my state. As for Mr. Barry, we wouldn't want to make him unhappy! Let him sit in that spectacular house in Oakland for two seasons, then let the Warriors have him. For their sake I hope he'll grow up in that time, but I wouldn't bet on it.
It seems Rick Barry left his manners as well as his heart in San Francisco.
JO ANN GUINAN
Drexel Hill, Pa.
I have a great suggestion for Rick the Mouth. Why doesn't he buy a basketball team of his own? On second thought, why doesn't he buy California?
I would like to congratulate William Leggett for bringing out of the darkness a two-time batting champ, Tony Oliva (A Full Series for a Fleet Pair, Aug. 24). He is also a fine man off the field; his kind are hard to find. Chalk one up for the underrated ballplayers. By the way, the picture of Tony O. was marvelous.
TONY STRANIERO JR.
Gates Mills, Ohio
A great article on Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Oliva, two very fine American League batting champs. Yaz is having another year of the kind that gave him the Triple Crown in 1967. I'd like to see a National Leaguer do that!
East Meadow, N.Y.
POINTS OF VIEW
Dan Jenkins' account of the PGA (The One That Got Away Again, Aug. 24) was a masterpiece of poor taste. His portrayal of Dave Stockton, a fine young pro, as a weekend hacker who won through pure luck was uncalled for. I also find it hard to share Dan's tears for "poor" Arnie Palmer—a millionaire who has everything but the PGA championship. Jenkins should apologize.
WILLIAM H. WILSON
San Bernardino, Calif.
Frank Beard was right (LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, May 18). The media usually tell about the big-name player who lost instead of telling about the person who won.
If Dan Jenkins would devote more of his time to describing the play, the players and the course rather than his ideas on the prestige of the club his articles would be more interesting. I am sure the good folks at Columbine, Pecan Valley and other PGA Championship host clubs put in too much time, money and hard work to merit the criticisms Jenkins so lavishly lays upon them.