I found it uplifting to discover that such a powerful and somewhat ruthless man can also be such a caring individual. It is admirable that Ruth's reputation is being built on his bigheartedness and not his big body. I can proudly admit to being a fan of his.
STEVE J. SCHILZ
Forget Hulkamania, forget Macker Mania. I've got K Mania. Great piece by Craig Neff on Dwight Gooden (Dr. K: Awesome And Then Some, Sept. 2).
Dwight Gooden for Sportsman of the Year!
MARC J. SLAMOWITZ
While Earnest Riles of the Brewers may not be as magical with a glove as Ozzie Guillen (Another Oz, Another Wiz, Sept. 2), he swings a mean bat. As of Aug. 28, Riles had a .305 batting average, with 39 RBIs and four homers. He has proved to the rest of the league that he is an excellent all-around player. All he lacks is national exposure.
THOMAS P. AMRHEIN
MILES AND MILES OF HITS
I thought this little bit of trivia might be of interest. Question: When Pete Rose rings up his 4,192nd hit, how many miles will he have run from home to first base? Answer: 71.4.
BOB DEAN III
Valley Lee, Md.
I have just completed the Aug. 19 issue, and being a baseball enthusiast I read with great interest Leslie Bornstein's ON THE SCENE description of baseball in Nicaragua. No matter what the strife, baseball will continue to be played.
This story should be required reading for our prima donna major league players the next time they consider a strike.
VINCENT M. PIZZI
SPARE THE ROD
The picture of Boston College's Mike Ruth on page 56 of your Aug. 26 issue made me think that he may have jumped off the quarry cliff once too often. He has an open-faced spinning reel mounted on an upside-down casting rod. No wonder he doesn't catch fish large enough to keep. However, he's in good company: Polish patriot Lech Walesa has also been photographed while holding an open-faced reel mounted upside down on a similar rod. Ruth sounds too good to be true, but more power to him.
Mike Ruth sure looks stupid holding that mismatched reel and dime-store fishing rod. But since he jumps off cliffs and bench-presses 580 pounds, I'll let someone else tell him.