If one picture is worth a thousand words, then your special issue, A Year in Sports, is worth 134,000. However, some pictures are worth even more. You captured every memorable event in sports during the past year. I shall hold on to this issue for a long time.
Fantastic! SPORTS ILLUSTRATED photographers seem to have a talent that other photographers lack, i.e., a knack for getting on film a picture that makes the reader feel a part of the action. Let me especially commend you on the excellence of the pictures in the baseball section. They were outasight!
New Castle, Ind.
It's too bad that you neglected to depict the third coming of King Kong to New York. Dave (Kong) Kingman might have clouted 62 homers, and Mike Schmidt might not have won his "third straight home run title with 38," if Kingman hadn't been injured. It would also have been nice to see a photograph of the American League home run king, Graig Nettles. Nice job, anyway.
Your use of the " New York version of the Boston Massacre" in this special issue certainly points to a need for preventing, or at least better controlling, such happenings. That incident was bad for baseball, but Rick Monday's rescue of the flag from two fans bent on burning it was as smoothly done as anything I have ever seen on a sports field. What a tribute to him and to baseball, especially in the Bicentennial year! Yet you did not use a picture of that.
Go back and look at your hockey photographs. What do you see? Larry Robinson punching Mel Bridgman in the face, and Jack McIlhargey, his face bloodied, skating off in a daze. They're trying to clean up the game, but with these pictures you're encouraging violence. You should have shown Gil Perreault faking out a defenseman or Ken Dryden making a big save for the Canadiens on their way to the Stanley Cup.
Printing one shot of a soccer match is at once neglectful of most of the world and of what is happening in this country. The most popular sport in the world is surely entitled to more enlightened treatment.
Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America
For some reason you have completely ignored amateur wrestling. The number of participants in this sport on the college and high school levels alone should warrant at least an honorable mention.
WILLIAM F. HILL
Hampton Bays, N.Y.
Your special issue couldn't have been better. You covered everything from the Olympics to the World Series of poker. Do it again next year.
My congratulations to Curry Kirkpatrick on his fine article on the Los Angeles Lakers (It's a Wild West Show, Feb. 14). Jerry West is doing a fantastic coaching job, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar puts a lot of excitement into the game. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball centers to step onto a court.
South Fork, Pa.
Jerry West has proved he can be an NBA coach and his assistants, Stan Albeck and Jack McCloskey, have done a commendable job. With young talent such as Earl Tatum, Don Ford and Tom Abernethy, the Lakers seem to be well stocked for the future. And with three first-round draft picks in 1977 they really don't have much to worry about.
Sun Valley, Calif.