It's good to see lacrosse getting some publicity, but instead of deciding at midseason who is best, why not wait until the end, when the cream rises to the top?
BRENT A. BERGER
I congratulate you for your fine article on the NCAA lacrosse final. However, further photographic coverage would have given the average reader a much greater appreciation of the last of the "fun" team sports.
For purposes of clarification, I should also point out that the implication that Navy was the national champion between 1960 and 1967 is incorrect. In 1961, the Army team, of which I was a member, was cochampion with Navy, having defeated the Middies 10-8 in the final game. Our coach, James F. (Ace) Adams, was, I believe, a member of the 1947-50 Hopkins teams. More lacrosse coverage in the spring will certainly help to spread the word about this great game.
LEONARD A. BUTLER
Lieut. Colonel, USAF
Two pages of trivia and nowhere is there mention of 2�-plus hours of the best defense imaginable. Cornell was held to eight goals, not because Hopkins Coach Henry (Chic) Ciccarone's wife Sue served cheesecake alongside a Big Red dummy, but because Will Hazlehurst, Mark Greenberg, Mike Sheedy, Mike Connor and others played smart one-on-one defense, slid when necessary and dominated ground-ball play at their end of the field. This coupled with Mike Federico's brilliant one-on-one saves in close shut down the Big Red offense. Note, too, that Hopkins scored only 13 points, below the winners' average score in title games. Credit Chris Kane & Co. from Cornell—they, too, played quite well. All in all, it was a first-rate defensive battle that warmed the hearts of all ex-defensemen who saw it. Certainly it deserved more credit.
ROBERT J. BARBERA
Hopkins Defense 1974
Thank you for including Rutgers lacrosse star Tom Sweeney in the May 22 FACES IN THE CROWD. AS associate sports editor and lacrosse writer for the Rutgers Daily Targum, I would like to add that Sweeney finished the season with 50 goals, topping by six the Rutgers record for goals in a season. He had 20 assists for 70 points, third on the Rutgers list for points in a season. In addition to his 10-goal, three-assist game against C. W. Post, Sweeney had a seven-goal, one-assist game against Air Force, a six-goal, two-assist game against Bucknell, a five-goal game against Princeton and a four-goal, six-assist game against Penn State. Last year he became the first freshman in Rutgers history to receive All-America honors.
On reading Ron Fimrite (Past 3,000 and Still Counting, May 15) and several readers (May 29) ruminating over great hitters who were in one way or another deprived of 3,000 hits, I was struck by the fact that no one mentioned Big Ed Delahanty. At the age of 35, Delahanty had amassed 2,593 hits, along with seasons of .400, .399, .394 and .408, for a lifetime average of .346, according to The Sporting News' Daguerreotypes of Great Baseball Stars.
After terrorizing National League pitching for more than a decade with Philadelphia, he jumped over to the infant American League in 1902 and won the batting title with .376 at Washington.
Then, in the next season, on the night of July 2, 1903, he was put off a train at Fort Erie, Ontario after an altercation with a conductor. He wandered along the tracks onto the international trestle crossing the Niagara River between Fort Erie and Buffalo and, presumably, fell off into the roaring river. His body was later recovered.
PRIDE OF MOUNT VERNON (CONT.)
Reader Malcolm Gissen (May 29) brought us up to date on the stars of the 1971 Mount Vernon ( N.Y.) High School basketball team. I saw two of their games but was too young (I was seven) to appreciate their greatness. However, my dad tells me often of their full-court press, organized by the 1971 coach, Vince Olsen, a friend of my family.
This letter is to tell your readers about this year's suburban wonders. The 1977-78 Mount Vernon team was undefeated and easily won the state championships. (The girls' team won the Section I AA championship.) The leader of the boys' team, Carlton (Scooter) McCray, is as talented as any high school player and will be a great asset to the University of Louisville next season.
Eastchester, N. Y.