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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
April 08, 1985
THE SAY HEY KID AND THE MICKSir:Mickey and Willie! As a child of the '50s, I was delighted by Ron Fimrite's account (Mantle & Mays, March 25) of the larger-than-life exploits of two of baseball's immortals. Time has rightly removed their halos, but Fimrite's evocative description gently burnished memories of their heroic athletic deeds, which a whole generation of fans is reluctant to forget. Thanks, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, for a wise decision. KEVIN THOMPSON Washington, D.C.
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April 08, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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THE SAY HEY KID AND THE MICK
Sir:
Mickey and Willie! As a child of the '50s, I was delighted by Ron Fimrite's account (Mantle & Mays, March 25) of the larger-than-life exploits of two of baseball's immortals. Time has rightly removed their halos, but Fimrite's evocative description gently burnished memories of their heroic athletic deeds, which a whole generation of fans is reluctant to forget. Thanks, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, for a wise decision.
KEVIN THOMPSON
Washington, D.C.

Sir:
What a treat! Mickey and Willie back where they belong: in baseball and on SI's cover.
BOB IMPERATO
Newton Corner, Mass.

Sir:
It's wonderful to know that Peter Ueberroth is the type of commissioner who is concerned with the facts about Mantle and Mays rather than with surface appearances. Thanks for enlightening all of us on the true nature of their present occupation.
LESLIE MABRY
Chesapeake Beach, Md.

Sir:
Being a transplanted Giants fan and a Mays worshiper, I am hoping that Willie will be called upon to help teach the faltering Giants the "art of the game." If owner Bob Lurie is hard up for cash, I'll chip in on the expenses. Nice piece.
THE REV. JAMES BRASSARD
Pastor
Highland United Presbyterian Church
Slippery Rock, Pa.

Sir:
It's obvious that Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were regular guys who just loved to play ball, and that Ron Fimrite knows how to reach the heart and soul of baseball fans everywhere. It also appears that Mickey and Billy Martin had a good time the night before the photo on page 75 was taken. If only the bandage on Billy's right hand could talk.
PHIL KASSEBAUM
Merrick, N.Y.

Sir:
Now that Peter Ueberroth has cleared up one injustice in baseball, it is time for him to act on another. He should remove the asterisk from Roger Maris's home-run record. No other player has had his record so tarnished.
MICHAEL E. MARTIN
Crystal Lake, Ill.

LEHIGH'S DAY ON THE COURT
Sir:
I've been a Lehigh basketball fan for 15 years and am a recent graduate, so it was great to discover the sidebar by Alexander Wolff about the Engineers' encounter with Georgetown accompanying your NCAA coverage in the March 25 issue. Finally I can laugh at my friends who wondered why I went to basketball games instead of wrestling matches while at Lehigh. It is an article I'll keep forever.
GARY A. SCOTT JR.
Kintnersville, Pa.

Sir:
Hats off to the Lehigh Engineers for their gallant effort against Georgetown. And boo to Iowa coach George Raveling for labeling the Engineers' presence in the tournament "a farce." Perhaps if Raveling had taken a lesson from coach Tom Schneider's blackboard—"Respect everyone, fear no one!"—his team might not have been bounced out of the tournament in the first round.
MICHAEL C. SEGAR
Cambridge, Mass.

MINNESOTA UPDATE
Sir:
I just got back from the St. Paul Civic Center, where the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament final was held. The tournament set a record with a total attendance of more than 103,000! Anyway, after you published E.M. Swift's article on the event a couple of years ago (The Thrill Of A Lifetime, March 7, 1983), at least one reader asked for that year's results. So here is an update on the 1985 competition: Burnsville defeated Hill-Murray 4-3, scoring the winner with :27 left, in a rematch of the tourney final two years ago. In 1983 Hill-Murray beat Burnsville 4-3 with three minutes to go.
JOHN ALBRIGHT
Minneapolis

ANOTHER BRAT?
Sir:
I'm sure Eric Boggan (Talk About Bad Table Manners, March 25) plays a competitive game of table tennis. Unfortunately, I get the impression he's spoiled. Let him stay in Germany. Heaven forbid he should come back home to America and be bored!
DONNA NELSON
Tyler, Texas

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