As a Johnny Miller fan, I congratulate Dan Jenkins on his story Battle of the Ages (June 25) about the U.S. Open. Not only did he do an excellent job on Johnny's fantastic round of 63, he covered all aspects of the Open brilliantly. This tournament shows that no matter how dim things look, there is always a chance to come out ahead. As for Tom Weiskopf, the man who laughed and said he didn't even know Miller had made the cut, all I can say is that Miller made the biggest cut of all.
You finally did it! You had an article on a golf tournament that did not mention Jack Nicklaus' name in every other paragraph. Thanks for giving credit to some other pros.
Congratulations to James Drake for his outstanding cover photo of Johnny Miller. It was a spectacularly composed action shot.
The article Dead Men Write No Poems (June 25) by Dan Gerber has to be one of the best ever written on why men stop racing. Gerber's presentation of his feelings while racing was excellent, and one feels his disappointment when he chooses to quit. Someday I hope to compete in motor racing because of the sheer delight in doing it, but this article will remain with me to remind me when to stop. Thank you for printing it.
JOHN W. SCHWARM
Dan Gerber describes the hazards of race driving without being overly grotesque or macabre. As another of those aspiring drivers in the SCCA in the early '60s, I shall always remember Dan as one of our local heroes. We had concluded that Dan "had it made" as a top pro once he had smoothed out the wild driving of his early Austin-Healey days. But as he so vividly describes it, even the top pros get involved in accidents.
We were glad to hear Dan is doing so well in his other field, and we would welcome him to South Bend anytime to lecture at one of our monthly sports-car club meetings.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
I very much enjoyed Larry Keith's article on the 1973 College World Series (SC Gene It the Old College Cool, June 25). USC's success over the years can indeed be attributed to its fine coach, Rod Dedeaux, a man who must be considered the John Wooden of college baseball.
DUANE E. SPENCER
The qualities of a great champion include humility and sportsmanship. It might be a good idea if USC Coach Rod Dedeaux taught those qualities. Remarks that I have read and heard from the Trojans after their last two championships only show me that they are not yet mature enough to handle success.
ROBERT G. GRIEGO, D.D.S.
Larry Keith's coverage of the College World Series was generally excellent, with one notable exception: the omission of one of the nation's finest collegiate pitchers, Arizona State's Eddie Bane.
In three years at ASU, Bane compiled a 41-4 mark, setting an NCAA record of 535 strikeouts in the process. In his only pitching appearance in this year's Series, Banc, a first-team All-America, as well as all-tourney, shut out Minnesota 3-0 while fanning 12 batters. He then signed a contract, estimated at $64,500 with the Minnesota Twins and was sent directly to the majors.