To prove that he is also a catcher who can hit, Earl Williams of the Braves should deliver a punch in the nose to Ron Fimrite, who failed to mention that Williams won the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year award with 33 home runs and 87 RBIs. No other catcher matched that kind of power production in '71.
Though a bit behind that pace this year, Williams, always a slow starter, is a good bet to resume his slugging shortly.
You mentioned some catchers who are in the "first rank" below Sanguillen and Bench. However, you neglected to mention the one catcher who has the potential to be right behind your catchers cut from royal cloth. Milt May is forgotten by many because he plays behind the greatest of all, Manny Sanguillen. May would be a regular on any other team in the major leagues, including the teams that have the catchers you labeled as first rank.
The article concerning wrestler Dan Gable (A Kid Who Doesn't Kid Around, June 19) was the best I have read in SI thus far. It was a fine tribute to a great athlete and to a largely unrecognized and underestimated sport. Herman Weiskopf showed wrestling for what it is, a sport of strength, speed, agility and stamina, mental as well as physical.
Your article served as a great inspiration to me. I am currently wrestling on a senior high level, and I follow the routine Gable used for collegiate wrestling. I hope you will continue your articles on wrestling.
Sports devotees the world over are ecstatic, inspired and reassured of man's capacity for extension to incredible limits by your splendid article about the phenomenal Dan Gable.
Those with a global perspective of athletics, a view which SI seems to espouse, are delighted not only with our nation's increasing awareness of the vital role and faultless language of international sports but with your recognition of those American Olympians who are frequently heroes abroad but unheralded nationally at home.
Without a dime of remuneration, the Dan Gables of the U.S. sacrifice enormously for the opportunity to enter the intensely demanding crucible of international sports competition, one of mankind's best hopes for generations of peace.
With SI's exaltation of Dan Gable, the youth of the U.S., as well as its adults, can now admire and emulate a genuine, all-American superstar—a brilliant athlete and a man of honor.
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An athlete of Dan Gable's stature certainly deserves a share of recognition. Thank you for the delightful, bright and breezy feature. Let's have more stories on the smaller sports, where the athletes compete for love and only a small share of glory.