THE ESPOSITO SONS
A hearty huzzah for the interesting and illuminating article by Jack Olsen on the Esposito brothers and their devoted parents (Oh, Brother! A Pair To Watch, March 29). Being a father myself, I can well understand and duly sympathize with the mixed emotions and loyalties expressed by the Esposito elders. However, with all due respect and admiration for Tony, the goalie supreme, I have concluded that No. 1 son Phil will lead the Boston Bruins in a successful defense of the Stanley Cup against No. 2 son Tony and his Chicago Black Hawks.
WILLIAM F. O'BRIEN
Jack Olsen not only captured the unusual relationship between two brothers, but he also showed the incredibly loose attitude of the Boston Bruins. It is a rare thing when a man like Phil Esposito can accomplish so much on the ice and still find time enough to enjoy life away from it. The Bruins prove that a team can be great without an all-work, no-play discipline, and that success can be fun.
The Esposito brothers are beautiful, and so was your article on these two great NHL players. My hope is to see the Black Hawks go all the way this year, and with Tony they can do it. Most of the true hockey fans of the Chicago area realize that brother Phil is a tremendous player, but we love Tony Esposito. Come on Hawks and Espo—Tony that is!
Question: "How will Tony stop Phil if the two finest teams in hockey collide again in the Stanley Cup?" Answer: the New York Rangers with Ed Giacomin and Co. will capture the cup this season.
ROBERT V. JOHNSON
In your LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER (March 29), you mention a few of the brother combinations in various sports. However, the National Hockey League must hold the record. There are 15 brother acts now playing in the NHL: Phil and Tony Esposito, Frank and Pete Mahovlich, Dave and Ken Dryden, Mickey and Dick Redmond, Chico and Wayne Maki, Danny and Kevin O'Shea, Jim and Fred Stanfield, Cliff and Bob Schmautz, Bobby and Dennis Hull, Bill and Keith McCreary, Dennis and Bryan Hextall, Ernie and Bill Hicke, Larry and Wayne Hillman, Ron and Dan Schock and last, but not least, Barclay, Bob and Bill Plager.
ROBERT L. STETSON
HOME OF THE PERRY BOYS
I would like to congratulate Roy Blount for his article on baseball's Perry brothers (Return of the Natives, March 29). He captured the kind of homelife during boyhood that is needed to make winners—in baseball and in life as well.
Jim and Gaylord Perry are credits to the game, not only because of their achievements on the field but also because of their achievements in the business world.
It was the finest article I have ever read in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
JAMES M. FROEMMING
Martin County, N.C. may not have produced many professional athletes, but it certainly has produced two good ones in Jim and Gaylord Perry of Williamston (pop. 7,000). Martin County now seems sure to be a well-known place for travelers to pass through or to stop for a rest at the Holiday Inn. As for the Griffin's Quick Lunch, I practically grew up on the delicious food served there (at 16, I am now 6'3" and weigh 175 pounds).
After reading your article on the Perry brothers, I was very disappointed that you did not mention George Griffin. This man probably did more for the Perry boys than anyone, with the exception of their parents. He carried them to basketball and baseball games during their high school days, he gave them employment during the summer and he advised them. He was also responsible for the excellent barbecue and Brunswick stew banquet.