While it was heartwarming to read about 103-year-old Green Bay fan Leone McKenney's receiving a pair of tickets to her first game at Lambeau Field (Scorecard, Jan. 9), it was sad to think she had to wait that long before someone was willing to surrender them. And even then, it took a 4-12 season to pry them loose.
Mike Patterson, Omaha
As Rick Reilly notes, Caltech is notorious for losing in sports (Life of Reilly, Jan. 9). It's only fair, however, to point out that the Beavers have had some notable athletic successes. Glenn Graham won a pole vault silver medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Phil Conley won an NCAA title and made the U.S. Olympic team in the javelin throw in 1956. The 1945 football team was undefeated, untied and unscored upon, totaling 159 points to none for its opponents, and Fred Newman, a Caltech alumnus, was until 2000 in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the most free throws in 24 hours.
Dick Van Kirk, Arcadia, Calif.
The Commissioner Speaks
I am compelled to clarify the record because of my lifelong respect for the sport of baseball. As your story The Big Man (Jan. 23) notes, baseball was my first love as a young sports fan. But in discussing my participation in sports, I often share an anecdote about quitting my law firm's softball team in the 1970s because the manager stuck me in rightfield, which bored me since there was little action there. I found it "about as exciting as standing in line at the supermarket," as I've told friends many times. If more balls had been hit my way, I am sure I would have enjoyed it more. Baseball is a great sport with millions of fans. I am one of them. In fact, I still have my old Brooklyn Dodgers yearbooks with Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and the other "Boys of Summer." Some people might find those books boring. Not me.
Paul Tagliabue, New York City Commissioner, National Football League