Let's have a toast for two great boxers—Leonard and Duran (Right On for Roberto, June 30).
I am especially happy for Duran. During the past eight years he has fought every challenger who was willing to step into the ring with him: Buchanan, Lampkin, DeJesus, Palomino and the rest.
Roberto is getting up in years for a lightweight turned welterweight. He was definitely the best boxer of the '70s, and he has won what might be the best fight of the '80s.
La Habra, Calif.
Two wins in one night! Duran decisioned Leonard and scored a knockout over the SI cover jinx.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
I am a loyal Yankee fan, and Ron Fimrite's article (These New Damn Yankees Are a Hit, June 23) describes perfectly the reasons for the team's success, giving credit where it was due and not forgetting the youngsters. Manager Howser's quote about Randolph—"Without him, we'd be, well, I hate to think where"—was right on the money. Do us Yankee fans a favor in one of your October issues and write a big article on Howser—"Manager of the Year."
Fimrite says Billy Martin describes Goose Gossage as "awesome." That adjective also befits the swing of the man who wears double 4s, as illustrated in your fine picture on pages 30 and 31.
Yankee fans have come to realize that when Reggie Jackson's right leg drives through and his left knee drops to the ground, it's usually "tater time."
MICHAEL P. GEROW
Fimrite's likening the traveling New York press to "war correspondents" is unfortunately accurate, but much to their dismay there has been nothing bigger to write about this season than Reggie's late entrance to spring training. As a result, they have had to focus on up-and-coming stars such as Bobby Brown, Joe Lefebvre and Dennis Werth.
George Steinbrenner, who has poured millions into the Yankee farm system, has been saying all along that his activity in the free-agent market was meant to buy time for the minor leagues to produce players. Now his investments are paying off, and your readers, as well as the rest of the baseball world, will be reaping the dividends for years to come.
Scotch Plains, N.J.
Fimrite did a story on the best team in baseball without saying one positive thing about the best third baseman in baseball.