As a high school
senior pitcher who is having his own problems growing into his body, it was
uplifting to hear about someone as successful as Joba Chamberlain having had
the same problem that I am experiencing.
John Healy, Cranston, R.I.
Chickahominy-Mohawk, and my wife is Lumbee. I have filled my three children's
heads with stories of Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills, trying to instill a sense of
cultural pride through athletics. So when I saw your story on Joba, I read it
immediately, thinking I would now have a contemporary American Indian athlete
for my children to discover. I was only half right; the story in fact
transcends culture, race and athletics, and gives a life lesson to all: that a
determined spirit can overcome the unlikeliest of odds.
Wes Owen, Huntersville, N.C.
The real sign of
the apocalypse in the Oct. 8 PLAYERS is the poll result that says 54% of NFL
athletes would let their child wear a Michael Vick jersey.
Michael Turner, Austin
Another true sign
of the apocalypse: Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (LIFE OF REILLY, oct. 8)
will receive $3,000 to appear at a bar mitzvah.
Mitchell Friedmann, Owings Mills, Md.
Your obituary of
discus thrower Al Oerter (PLAYERS, Oct. 8) repeats the common misconception
that Al Oerter and Carl Lewis are the only athletes to take gold medals in the
same event in four straight Olympics. They are the only track and field
athletes to do so, but athletes in other sports have equaled or exceeded this
record. For example, Aladar Gerevich was on the gold-medal- winning Hungarian
sabre team for six straight Olympics, from 1932 through 1960. Indeed, if the
1940 and 1944 olympics had not been canceled, it is extremely likely that he
could have won eight straight gold medals, because the Hungarian sabre team did
not lose a single match in Olympic competition between 1924 and 1964.
fencing team, 1972 and '76
New York City
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