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October 29, 2007


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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.

I am 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.

Signs and Wonders

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.

Plus Fours

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.
George Masin,

U.S. Olympic fencing team, 1972 and '76
New York City

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