Luckily? The story (A Blast From The Past, June 24) would have made every bit as much sense if it had started with the second sentence. But as it stood, it can only be taken to mean, "Luckily, one American could play...otherwise, a foreigner might have won." Doubly strange, since I don't recall this sort of line being taken when Langer or Ballesteros won tournaments.
Auckland, New Zealand
In the June 10 issue a reader wrote: "Ugh. A football cover on Memorial Day weekend. Down with the USFL." In the June 24 issue, a reader wrote: "Ugh. A basketball cover in June. Down with the NBA." I say: "Ugh. A golf cover at any time of the year. Down with professional golf."
Your article on Kurt Bevacqua (A Great Role Player, July 1) was of particular interest to me. I was Kurt's American Legion coach when he played for North Miami Post 67.
One day Post 67 was playing in Miami Stadium and our relief pitching was a little lean. Kurt volunteered to help the team out by going to the mound. He threw a knuckleball to the first batter, and the batter responded by hitting it over the rightfield fence. That was the end of Kurt's pitching.
All of us who knew Kurt 20 years ago took special pride in his '84 Series play. I hope the funny stories associated with him don't detract from an appreciation of his determination and perseverance.
At a Hilton Head Island, S.C. hotel in 1974 I asked Andy North what his career goals were. He looked at me, grinned and said, "Win majors!" That was my first full year of caddying for Andy. I am pleased to say I shared his 1978 U.S. Open triumph at Cherry Hills in Denver, a tournament in which he displayed the same guts of which Barry McDermott wrote (A Blast From The Past, June 24). Andy's on-course toughness was what I admired most in him, and we all saw it surface again at Oakland Hills.
Congratulations to Andy for joining a select few in winning more than one U.S. Open title. And congratulations to Andy's family and supporters who have stuck with him over the years. It couldn't have happened to a better guy!
?Crandall, who caddied for North from 1974 to '79, is shown with him at the '78 Open.—ED.