The comments of Jeremiah Tax (BOOKTALK, Jan. 28) regarding the outstanding golf writer Bernard Darwin were of great interest to me. According to an obituary published in the Oct. 20, 1961 edition of the London Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, Darwin was born in Down, Kent in 1876 and educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he captained the golf team in 1897. In the first Walker Cup in 1922, he was a last-minute substitute for Great Britain and Ireland, replacing team captain Robert Harris, who fell ill. He won his singles match.
He was considered (at least by Geoffrey Dawson, editor of the Times of London, for which Darwin was the golf correspondent for 39 years) as the best English essayist since Charles Lamb. Despite his devotion to golf, he knew when his day's work was completed. Darwin's report of the second round of the [British] Open Championship in 1934 in Sandwich, at which Henry Cotton was last to go out, concluded, "I saw T.H. Cotton start, 3, 3, and then it was time to go home to tea." Cotton went on to shoot a record 65.
Darwin died on Oct. 18, 1961 at the age of 85. His books are among the most treasured that golf collectors have in their libraries.
DON SCHUSTER, M.D.
It was with mixed emotions that I saw my name in Steve Wulf's fine article on Bert Blyleven (Baseball's Dutch Treat, Jan. 28). It's true that, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971, I entered the on-deck circle without my bat. However, I doubt I am "the only man in baseball history" to have done this. If, indeed, there are others, I would be delighted to share the honor.
FOOT SOLDIERS (CONT.)
Since reading Foot Soldiers Of Fortune (Jan. 23, 1984) by Jack McCallum with Armen Keteyian about shoe endorsements, I have paid particular attention to the footwear of various pro athletes. Thus, I could not help but notice that although the 49ers' Derrick Harmon (LEADING OFF, Jan. 28 and at right) had taped his shoes, the manufacturers' logo is still visible. I wonder if shoe manufacturers also provide decals for players who tape over the logo. Considering what some athletes are paid to endorse shoes, I would not be surprised if they are required to tattoo logos on their feet.
GEORGE BRANDT III
?A check with 49er equipment manager Bronco Hinek revealed no decals or tattoos. However, it confirmed that the Converse insignia was stenciled on Harmon's taped shoes, a practice that Keteyian found to be widespread in the NFL. Hinek says he makes his stencils by tracing a logo on a piece of paper and then making a cardboard cutout of it. In Harmon's case, Hinek used a red Magic Marker to get the Converse color. "I have all of them," he says, " Nike, Puma, even a kangaroo." The last was added to Hinek's collection when he worked the 1984 Pro Bowl and Walter Payton, under contract to Kangaroos, taped his shoes.—ED.