THE NAME OF THE ROSE
Pete Rose (On Deck For The Big Knock, Aug. 19 et seq.) has to be your Sportsman of the Year. He has handled the tremendous media pressure surrounding his pursuit of Ty Cobb's career-hits record with humor and enthusiasm. Even more incredibly, he has managed the Reds back to respectability.
Certainly it is fair to say that Rose is respected by all and loved by most. He's a modern-day Peter Pan. I think I'll rename my dog after him.
Grosse Pointe, Mich.
My congratulations to Pete Rose for breaking a record that many had considered to be out of reach for today's ballplayer.
I would also like to pass along these observations to those who, related or unrelated, may be named after this great hitter: Many people will not believe you when you tell them that your name is Pete Rose. "Oh, sure," they will say. But having the same name as a famous person has advantages, too.
Clarksburg, W. Va.
FOR THE PITTS
Regarding Craig Neff's article The Pirates Are Strictly The Pits (Sept. 9): Somebody has to be in last place.
Rick Reilly's...And Then They Had To Play (Sept. 16) was great. His account of' Illinois' season-opening loss to USC feeds the fires of competition between what I hope will prove to be two great teams. (Can you tell I'm an Illini fan?) His depth of knowledge of the teams and of pertinent little-known facts makes for smooth reading. My mouth watered over his "bakery tray of six delicious turnovers." Keep it coming!
After reading the article, I could only wonder: What did the University of Illinois ever do to Rick Reilly?
JUDITH A.L. ZUBRICKAS
Frank Deford's story They Held The Open In Czech (Sept. 16) contains inaccuracies regarding CBS Sports' relationship with Jimmy Connors and Pam Shriver. At no point was either player paid anything to be a part of the CBS Sports coverage of the U.S. Open. They served as expert analysts for two reasons: 1) They wanted to share their individual expertise with us; and 2) we felt that their particular insights would be of great interest to our viewers.
PETER A. LUND
New York City
?We stand corrected on the matter of payment to Connors or Shriver. However, Deford maintains that the use of athletes still engaged in a contest to interview other competitors is a rude intrusion on the dignity of a competition.—ED.
Having just returned from a visit to Japan, I especially enjoyed Ron Fimrite's description of Japanese baseball (Land Of The Rising Fastball, Sept. 9). Indeed, there was such a fever over the Hanshin Tigers that the TV commentators, too, seemed to be caught up in it. Even for a non-Japanese-speaking viewer, it was easy to discern and share the fervor displayed in late-evening news synopses and film clips of each day's play. But there was one thing I could not figure out. Why are all the team names and player names on the uniforms printed in English?