Buckner and Jerry Lucas are the only two men with an even rarer quadruple—they played on high school basketball teams that won state titles. Buckner played for Thorn-ridge High in Dolton, Ill., which won consecutive state championships in 1971 and 1972, and Lucas was a member of the 1956 and 1957 state championship squads from Middletown ( Ohio) High.
PALMER AND BARBER
My compliments to Jaime Diaz on his excellent account of the U.S. Senior Open Championship (Then Came Miller Time, July 9). There's a growing, happy realization that we're all going to enjoy seeing Arnold Palmer (Mr. Golf) and Miller Barber (Mr. X) tee up against each other for some years to come. How right Diaz was to say of Miller, "It's never been how that mattered, but how many." That's the essence of the game, and a triumph for unorthodox swingers everywhere. But what insight on the part of Diaz to say of Arnie, "It's never been how many that mattered, but how." Diaz hits us with golf's essential and then with its quintessential. Miller, Arnie, we love you both.
BOB C. VANSTRUM
After poring over your two excellent articles on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials (June 25 and July 2), I, a former running-shop owner, shifted my attention from the athletes' feats to the athletes' feet. I found pictured in the articles 50 competitors whose shoe brands were evident or whose singlets revealed their footwear suppliers. Here are the results of this admittedly small sample: With 17 athletes, Adidas edged archrival Nike (16) for first. In sole possession of third place was Tiger (7) with a sizable lead over Converse (4) and Puma (4). Tied for last were New Balance (1) and Brooks (1).
I'm anxiously awaiting the Olympics. I wonder what the Kenyans are wearing.
Pebble Beach, Calif.
"How do you explain 136 tons of bananas" (SCORECARD, July 9)? For the potassium, of course.
I've been reading SI for more than 15 years and can safely say that your coverage of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials (Trials and Jubilation, July 2) was one of your best efforts ever. The incredible photographs captured the athletes not only in action, but also in moments of joy, anguish and compassion. I repeatedly savored the pictures before allowing myself the pleasure of reading Kenny Moore's article, which, not surprisingly, I found of equal excellence.
If this 20-page masterpiece is the result of the Olympic trials, then all I can say is: Let the Games begin!
HARVEY L. CIVINS
Hooray for the U.S. track and field team! Your coverage of the Olympic trials was again the best. Kenny Moore did an excellent job.
But Dwight Stones on the cover? There's not enough milk and bananas in the world to cover that flake.
Following the appearance of your July 2 issue, Dwight Stones was quoted in The Washington Post as saying, "I'm the world record holder in time between SPORTS ILLUSTRATED covers. Eight years and two weeks" (or since June 14, 1976). Is this true?
New York City