Let us not forget Coos Bay's tribute to its electrifying hometown running great: [Steve] Prefontaine Way.
DAVID J. LILLIG
Coos Bay, Ore.
You forgot Wrigley Drive in Lake Geneva, Wis., named after the late Chicago Cubs owner, Philip K. Wrigley.
There is now a Mary Lou Retton Drive in her hometown of Fairmont, W. Va.
Buckhannon, W. Va.
UH OH, ANOTHER 00
In INSIDE PITCH (Sept. 16), Henry Hecht wrote, " Cliff Johnson...is wearing 00, a number previously worn by only one major leaguer, former Indian Paul Dade."
In 1980, well-traveled outfielder Bobby Bonds wore 00 for the Cardinals.
MATTHEW M. THOMAS
Chris Mead suggested that Joe Louis "easily KO'd [Tami] Mauriello," on Sept. 18, 1946 (Triumphs And Trials, Sept. 23). Actually, Mauriello caught Louis with a right that drove Joe across the ring and into the ropes. However, Mauriello was slow to follow up and so got tagged and knocked out. After the fight, when radio announcer Don Dunphy asked, "What happened, Tami?" Mauriello replied, "I was too goddamned careless." His use of the ill-chosen—and then taboo—adverb ended the postfight interview right there.
Washed up at 23, Mauriello was back on the docks. He will be remembered for his role as a mobster in the great 1954 film On the Waterfront.
I just wanted you to know that USS Blue-back (SS 581), which was mentioned in your Aug. 26 coverage of the Coors International Bicycle Classic (Greg Was A Diamond In A Flawed Setting), is not a relic but rather the last-constructed and best diesel-powered attack submarine built by our Navy, carrying today's weapons as a deterrent against today's enemies. On the day of the Fisherman's Wharf Criterium in San Francisco, Blueback was moored astern of the ex-USS Pampanito (SS 383), which is a World War II veteran and submarine memorial, and which no doubt was the obstacle of concern to the bikers.
Several of my crew suggested that I write and say something like "I happened to be reading SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, a turn-of-the-century rag reporting on American pastimes, when...." But who's offended? We'll just keep defending your right to print weekly. We do like your style and enjoy your magazine.
CDR. G.B. COVINGTON, USN
FPO San Francisco
?Here's a glimpse of Blueback.—ED.