In those days both the girls and the boys won, and they are now a wonderful group of adults.
KENT H. KING
In his article on DePaul Coach Ray Meyer (Reawakening the Glory, Feb. 27) Larry Keith stated that Meyer has won more games—570—than "any other active coach and more than all but six men who ever diagrammed a play." Coach Clarence (Big-house) Gaines of Winston-Salem State University has won 618 basketball games. I know George Mikan is always associated with Meyer and DePaul, but I would venture to say that today the name Earl Monroe is on more lips and minds than Mikan. Monroe is a Gaines and Winston-Salem product.
? SI's statement applied only to major-college coaches. Gaines is the winningest coach of the smalls.—ED.
HOCKEY PUZZLE SOLUTION
I enjoyed working out The Old Farmer's Almanac hockey problem presented in your Feb. 13 SCORECARD, but you never supplied us with the correct solution. I certainly hope, in the interest of the sanity of those who racked their brains attempting to solve it, that you will publish the answer.
JOHN C. SAUNDERS JR.
?Because the puzzle was part of a 1978 Old Farmer's Almanac contest that remained open until March 1, the solution was unavailable until after that date. However, the Almanac has now offered to share the answer with SI readers, hundreds of whom were fascinated by the problem. Here it is.
Games between the Bombardiers and the Esquimaux, and the Canadiens and the Esquimaux, had not been played.—ED.
THE GREAT GRETZKY & CO.
E. M. Swift not only made the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds sound like a one-man team ("Learned in All the Lore of Old Men," Feb. 20), but he also made the whole Ontario Major Junior Hockey League sound like a one-man league. Swift says of Wayne Gretzky, "Without question, he is the most exciting Junior hockey player since [Guy] Lafleur left Quebec City in 1971." Obviously he hasn't been watching Ottawa 67's star Bobby Smith. Smith leads the OHA with 173 points, compared to Gretzky's 161, and will undoubtedly be the first player chosen in the NHL's amateur draft. After defeating Gretzky in a penalty-shot contest, Smith received a prolonged standing ovation from 7,000-plus fans in Ottawa who know that he is not only the best Junior hockey player in the world but also the most exciting. Maybe Gretzky is great, but Smith is superior.
I am happy to see Wayne Gretzky get the recognition he so much deserves. I watched him play in the World Junior Championships and can truly say that I've seen only a few players in all of hockey with moves like his. The way he controlled the play and took the puck up the ice and around the defense was amazing. Right now Gretzky, age 17, is in a dogfight for the OHA scoring championship with 19-year-old Bob Smith, who most say will be drafted first or second this year. Gretzky has three more years of Junior hockey to play.
C�te St. Luc, Quebec
AAU RECORD SETTERS
Perhaps the AAU fell short in its handling of the national indoor championships (He Sure Goes Like Sixty in the 60, March 6), but SI can't be far behind. Just ask Deby LaPlante, who won the 60-yard hurdles. Two world records were set that night, and it's beyond me how you can justify putting one record holder ( Houston McTear) on the cover and giving the other, LaPlante, only an afterthought remark in FOR THE RECORD.
New York City
I don't think the spaceships will be able to find the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on April 7 for the Braves' home opener (SCORECARD, March 6). They are out there listening, but you'd better have the Atlanta Radio Club change the directions for landing. "Latitude 85 degrees 25 minutes west, longitude 33 degrees 44 minutes north" won't get them to the stadium. It'll probably keep them in outer space. Better make it longitude 85 degrees 25 minutes west, latitude 33 degrees 44 minutes north. Or better yet, make it longitude 84 degrees 25 minutes west, latitude 33 degrees 45 minutes north.