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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
May 17, 1976
AT THE PLATESir:My congratulations to Larry Keith for an excellent article on Dave Kingman and Mike Schmidt (It's Either a Clout or an Out, May 3). As a longtime Philadelphia fan, I am proud to see the Phillies finally a winner—and with power punch in Greg Luzinski, Dick Allen and Schmidt.JEFF COHEN Pennsauken, N.J.
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May 17, 1976

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sir:
I think Robert Lipsyte is 100% correct. Financing the renovation helped put New York City in its current financial crisis. It is an example of what people with power can do without the consent of those who must pay for it.
DONALD MONETTI
Watchung, N.J.

Sir:
As a non-New Yorker, I couldn't care less what the Stadium cost was or what politicians voted aye or nay. I'm just tickled to know the Yankees are back in their home with all the mystique that has long surrounded them.
TIMOTHY L. BARNES
Tacoma, Wash.

Sir:
Any investment that keeps the Yankees in New York is a good investment in my book.
JEFFREY RATZ
Brooklyn

BEING THERE
Sir:
Upon returning from my fourth consecutive Kentucky Derby completely exhausted from fighting huge traffic jams and waiting in long, long lines, I was delighted to find in my mailbox the May 3 issue of SI with Ernest Havemann's article A Day to Tiptoe Through the Juleps.

Anyone who has spent a day in the infield at Churchill Downs cannot help but become a part of the tradition and madness that the Derby has created. In what other sport will so many people wait so long to see an event, not see the event and then not really care that they didn't see it? Whether they win or lose, you will have no trouble convincing a lot of the people who attend the Derby that the best horsing around takes place not on the track but in the infield.

Who won, anyway?
MICHAEL H. GAUL
Binghamton, N.Y.

Sir:
William Leggett's article Nice to Be the Derby Favorite, But...(May 3) reinforced my belief that SI is No. 1. He was right on target with his warning about past favorites who failed.
CHRIS TABBERT
Mt. Prospect, Ill.

JOCKS FOR JESUS (CONT.)
Sir:
Frank Deford has written a superb series of articles on religion in sport (April 19 et seq.). While remaining exceedingly objective, he conveyed a sensitive understanding of the current relationship between the two. He saw through the inconsistent theology and the superstitions that often characterize this relationship, yet I don't feel that he put down religion.

From another standpoint, it always does my heart good to hear a famous person (especially an athlete) testify to the importance of God in his life. I feel a great appreciation for athletes who publicly identify themselves as Christians.
THE REV. RICHARD J. MEIER
Pastor
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
St. Paul

Sir:
Frank Deford goes a long way toward destroying the myth that winning at sport and being a Christian are somehow correlated. I have questioned for years the exploiting of athletes to sell Christianity.

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