You neglected to mention that Bucky Dent is hitting .260 (30 points above his '79 average), has twice as many homers and is once again proving that he is one of the best shortstops in either league. You also might have mentioned that during the Oakland series Bucky got spiked in the wrist by Tony Armas and put out of action for at least 15 days.
Hot Springs, Ark.
Let's not forget Eric Soderholm and Johnny Oates, the veterans who take their second-string roles with a great deal of class. It's too bad that Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer and Ed Figueroa can't do the same.
Elmwood Park, N.J.
...BACK AT THE RANCH
In your June 16th issue you managed to find four pages for an article on the St. Louis Cardinals, maybe the worst team in major league baseball, but could spare the space for only 16 words in your FOR THE RECORD section to write about the University of Arizona Wildcats, who had just won the college baseball World Series.
You even gave Johns Hopkins, the NCAA lacrosse champions, two pages.
We find it irritating that you couldn't find more room to write about the nation's best college baseball team. After all, the saying doesn't go, "Lacrosse, hot dogs and apple pie," does it?
Dan Jenkins' article on the U.S. Open (The Owner of the Open, June 23) once again shows why he is one of the best sportswriters in the country. His smooth style seems to make his stories end much too quickly.
On the cover you said that Jack is back. But how many people, myself included, really ever thought he'd stay away?
JOHN W. TODOR
Only in America, and only in sports, could a multimillionaire such as Jack Nicklaus be a sentimental favorite.
The Golden Bear is back—the golfer, that is. The gold has never left.
WILLIAM E. CARSLEY
Jack Nicklaus was a fallen idol only to the sportswriters. To his legions of fans, his return to the top has been simply a matter of when, not if. The two biggest draws at Baltusrol were Nicklaus and Palmer, which says a lot about the loyalty of golf fans.
Basking Ridge, N.J.