After spreading her charisma from Rochester to Sarasota and winning seven LPGA championships in the process, the only way lovely Nancy Lopez (Nancy with the Laughing Face. July 10) could top it would be to part the Red Sea with a nine-iron.
Nancy Lopez' caddy says that people try to grab objects she has used. At the LPGA tournament in Noblesville, Ind., I grabbed a tee she had played with. It brought me my lowest round ever, a four-under-par 68, and three other subpar rounds.
GREG & SHEP
Those swimsuit photos in the July 10 issue of Greg Louganis (They're Pooling Their Talent) and Shep Messing (Support Your Local Keeper) prompt the question: Why not a whole issue on men's swimwear? We women deserve equal un-coverage.
In 1971 Wesleyan was awarded a penalty shot against Harvard Goalkeeper Shep Messing. As the shooter lined up for the kick, Messing crossed his arms and turned his back. The ball was kicked so high over the goal that it still hasn't been found.
At the time, Shep liked to dress all in black on the field, topped off with a black leather hat. Given a mask and cape, he would have looked like Zorro.
Jim Bouton (A Magnificent Obsession, July 3) is a man of truly generous nature with an absolute inability to be anything except the baseball-loving, non-picture-book reading nut that he is. What a marvelous lesson Bouton is for all of us who feel we are under pressure to conform to what society expects of us. Bouton recognizes that he is just going to do what he has to do—what he enjoys doing—and who among us wouldn't be better for that realization?
No matter what league Bouton plays in, whether he rides in a bus or flies, he will always be a major-leaguer to me.
West Covina, Calif.
In mentioning three kinds of ovations at sporting events, Frank Deford overlooks a fourth kind. It's the sympathetic one given a losing quarterback who gets hurt late in the fourth quarter. Jim Bouton should wake up and face the music before he hears this cheer.
Fort Bragg, N.C.
I write in praise of Al Feuerbach and Mac Wilkins (Some Babes in the Woods, July 3). They dare to be themselves and the world is the richer by their example. Judging from their photographs, their life-style is not exactly injurious to health!
ROBERT FARRIS THOMPSON
North Haven, Maine
Some interesting trades might occur after the season is over.