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January 24, 2005
Atlas Shrugged
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January 24, 2005


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Atlas Shrugged

I was fascinated by The Great American Sports Atlas (Dec. 27--Jan. 3), especially by your focus on my childhood neighborhood of West Tampa. On my 1963 West Tampa Little League All-Star team were Nardi Contreras, who went on to pitch for the White Sox and has been the pitching coach of the Yankees, Mariners and White Sox, and catcher John Tamargo, who played for the Cardinals, Giants and Expos and for the last three seasons was the bench coach of the Astros.

Ted Mondzelewski, Exton, Pa.

Shame on you! In your article on Brooklyn you forgot to mention Vince Lombardi, who grew up at 2542 East 14th Street. He went to P.S. 206, in Sheepshead Bay.

Guy Martin, Brooklyn

You seem to have forgotten that Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn and moved to North Carolina at a young age. Why would you include Riddick Bowe on the map but not MJ?

Matthew Elias, Brooklyn

You should have featured St. Louis's Hall of Fame Place--it was renamed in 2003--in Where Stars Are Born. It's a block of Elizabeth Avenue in The Hill, on which Yogi Berra, Jack Buck and Joe Garagiola have lived.

Joe Carlson, St. Louis

There must be something in the water in Waterford, Mich.: The area has produced Kirk Gibson, Pat LaFontaine, Jim Miller and Mike York. I'd put those guys up against a group from Compton, West Tampa or Brooklyn any day, especially if they were playing hockey.

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