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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
August 13, 1984
THE STEELERS' LAMBERT Sir:I've never before written a magazine to compliment the editors on an article, but Paul Zimmerman's story on Pittsburgh linebacker Jack Lambert (A Rose By Any Other Name, July 30) was the best ever. As a longtime Steeler fan, I was proud to see Lambert's face on your cover. Also pleasing was the fact that you went out of the way to show the other side of Lambert, the off-the-field side.
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August 13, 1984

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I'm rooting for you, Pam!
CHARLES DURISHIN
Norwalk, Conn.

Sir:
I'm an avid male baseball fan, and I enjoyed Sandy Keenan's article on umpire Pam Postema. She has shown what courage and hard work can accomplish. A female ump certainly won't hurt the game. Drugs and salary disputes have done that. Good luck, Pam!
TONY AYLOR
Brightwood, Va.

Sir:
In the story on Pam Postema, it was mentioned that I left the field crying after umpiring one game. I resent that you didn't go on to explain why I cried and quit.

I was defeated by baseball before I started. I worked that game completely alone because of the refusal of the umpire who was supposed to be working with me to work as a team.

If you're going to do a story, tell all the facts. Don't have me be remembered as just crying and walking off the field! Baseball didn't want me, or it wouldn't have had me in court for so many years fighting for my right to be an umpire. I won the court battle, but I couldn't force the umpires to work with me.

As for Postema, she's a great umpire and should be given a fair shot at the majors.

Also, for your information, I did umpire afterwards. I worked games for retarded and handicapped children's benefits. Moreover, I worked semipro games for the Bridgeton, N.J. Invitational, the National Baseball Congress in Wichita, the New York City Police Department, the YMCA and industrial leagues during the period baseball had me in court.

By the way, former Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca, a man, cried when he was defeated in a playoff game for the World Series by the New York Giants. Billy Martin, former Yankee manager, cried on nationwide television when he resigned under pressure. Joe Namath, New York Jets quarterback, also cried on television when Pete Rozelle ordered him to sell his interests in a New York restaurant—or be suspended from the NFL.
BERNICE GERA
First Lady Umpire
Pembroke Pines, Fla.

LADIES' TENNIS
Sir:
Thanks for your look into the National Senior Women's Grass Court Championships (The Ball Was White, The Grass Was Green, July 30). It's gems such as this piece by Barry McDermott that keep me reading on.

McDermott's report evoked strong memories of my days growing up in Wilmington, Del. and later playing tennis for Barb Mueller at Ohio State. Bunny Vosters and her daughter, Gretchen Spruance, epitomize the way tennis used to be played. Unfortunately those days seem to be gone forever. I remember playing against them in doubles after returning home to Wilmington for the summer from a long season of matches and practice at Ohio State. Even though I thought I was playing the best tennis of my life, I was "taken to the cleaners" by the pair. Maybe they are why I moved from Delaware to New Hampshire!
ANN BEAUDOIN RODGERS
Concord, N.H.

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