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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
May 19, 1980
OUR PLANETSir: Jerry Kirshenbaum has outdone himself! His "state of the earth" article (Whither the Earth? May 5) was one of the best pieces to appear in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in the 13 years that I've been reading it. And to think that I've always thought Kirshenbaum's forte was writing about swimming.ROBERT GRADYLegislative Assistant to Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick (N.J.) for Energy and the Environment Washington. D.C.
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May 19, 1980

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Baughman says, "I've always wanted to return to Yahi country; now another trip to Yosemite has strong appeal, too." Alas, he may find that little has changed in Yosemite.
KERRY DRAGER
Sacramento

TEKE
Sir:
Thank you for the article on Kent Tekulve (Here It Comes, Special Delivery, May 5). I read the story about the side-armer while listening to a Pittsburgh- Montreal game in which Teke was on the mound, shutting down a 10th-inning rally by the Expos. T-riffic!
JAN HANES
Harborcreek, Pa.

Sir:
So Kent Tekulve thinks he has lost his identity with his No. 27 and TEKE-27 license plates? What about poor Mrs. 27?
BILL PAGE
Chicago

Sir:
Since reading Bob Ottum's article about Pittsburgh's ace reliever. Kent Tekulve, I have started eating two Mrs. Smith's frozen chicken pot pies every day for dinner. Please inform Ruly Carpenter and Dallas Green that I'm ready to join the Phillies' pitching staff.
BRUCE E. GUTTMAN
Philadelphia

CRUZ FARE
Sir:
In his article about the many Cruzes in professional baseball, Steve Wulf mentions that Cirilo (Tommy) Cruz plays for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, and later he poses the question: What is a Ham Fighter? The answer is that Ham Fighters are neither two hands slugging it out, nor bullies who beat up on the butcher's best. Nippon Ham is a company that owns a team known as the Fighters. Luckily for us, the Japanese are too courteous to ask facetiously: What's a Bay Packer, somebody who packages the Chesapeake? What's a Diego Padre? What's a Forest Deacon? What's a Dame Irish? Wulf should eat crow, or at least a Rice Owl.
H.I.P. GYPLEY
Seaford, Del.

ADJECTIVES
Sir:
For years I have enjoyed the writing of SI's witty and perceptive Dan Jenkins. His article on the Legends of Golf (Where Life Begins at 50, May 5) exemplifies Jenkins' unique and humorous style, not to mention the single largest collection of adjectives ever found in a weekly sports magazine.
CARRIE L. PATE
Oklahoma City

Sir:
Do you suppose that Dan Jenkins really knows how great a writer he is?
JERRY B. STRICKLING
Houston

Sir:
Dan Jenkins, comma, is not, nor will he ever be, a king of sportswriters.

Dan Jenkins, comma, is not, nor will he ever be, a legend, period.

King and Legend Arnold Palmer, no comma, shot a blazing 64 the following week on the last day of the Houston Open!
RAY HEIST
Wayland, Mass.

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