Fields, of course, is dead, but he looks down at me from the wall of my den—larcenous eyes staring out from behind cards held in white-gloved hands. But of Pangborn all I have is the memory of an eternal floorwalker running the tautest of ships in some fictional department store. I wonder if he is still alive.
HARRY E. ROWAN
?Pangborn died in 1958 at age 65.—ED.
Hurrah for Bryant Gumbel (TV/RADIO, Aug. 18), a young sportscaster I enjoy listening to because he gives us information without a lot of hoopla. I feel added pride because he happens to be black.
Pacific Grove, Calif.
Bryant Gumbel is a model for all of us young people who hope for a career in sports journalism. By the way, I'll take "calm and articulate" Gumbel over "gosh, golly, gee whiz" Brent Musburger any day.
Maple Valley, Wash.
EASLER & LACY
That was a superb article on Mike Easler and Lee Lacy, the Pirate tandem in leftfield (Happy at Going Halfsies, Aug. 18). It's great to see two such unselfish players have a super season. Pirate Captain Willie Stargell should give Manager Chuck Tanner a pair of gold stars for platooning them in left.
Anthony Cotton's article about Lee Lacy and Mike Easler stresses the similarities between the Pirate leftfielders. It's true that their averages, clutch performances, personalities and love for baseball are quite alike. But not their faces! That's Easler on the left in the picture, not Lacy as the caption indicates.
As one who grew up in Newport, R.I., I found Frank Deford's story Red Pants, No Socks and Chowder Action (Aug. 18) to be a beautiful summing up of the "City by the Sea." He captured the essence of my hometown.
I found Frank Deford's reference to the Navy's role in the history of Newport very negative. Having been stationed there three times (in 1944, 1948 and 1952-53), I have fond memories of the area and the townspeople. In 1944 the Naval base was used to form crews for the new ships being built, and many famous crews originated there. One in particular was the crew of the U.S.S. Randolph. I saw her take a Kamikaze hit one night at Ulithi atoll.
In reference to the sailors on Thames Street, I dare say a martini or two are tipped by non-sailors in town today! Newporters can be proud of their Navy past.
Staten Island, N.Y.
THE SHAM AND THE SHAME (CONT.)
SI sure hit the nail on the head with John Underwood's article on the student-athlete in the May 19 issue (Special Report: The Writing Is on the Wall). I happened to be reading it when news of the Pac-10 scandals came out (SCORECARD, Aug. 25). Perhaps now more coaches and students, not to mention the NCAA, will take heed. I have read that Pac-10 and Big Ten officials, who have been against freshman eligibility, are planning to make a stronger move to rescind that eligibility, as Underwood suggested. This would help freshman athletes cope with the stresses of college life and make "normal progress" toward a degree.