Kenny Moore emphasizes the "hallowed trinity" of football, basketball and baseball. However, many knowledgeable observers will argue that the trio of football, wrestling and lacrosse is a much more formidable combination. Johns Hopkins University sophomore Haswell Franklin is a starting defenseman on the defending national-champion lacrosse team, a football linebacker and a heavyweight wrestler.
You interviewed three-sport man Terry Baker, a failure in professional sports, when you might have talked to another three-sport man who is a success in the pros. Dave Logan, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, who appeared on the cover of your 1980 Pro Football Issue (Sept. 8), was instrumental in helping Cleveland win the AFC Central Division title last season. But consider this: After lettering in football, basketball and track at the University of Colorado, he was drafted by the Browns, the Kansas City Kings and the Cincinnati Reds—because of his high school baseball prowess; he played no baseball at Colorado.
The article reminded me of one of my fraternity brothers at Wittenberg University, Robert Cherry, class of '64. He not only earned 12 varsity letters in three sports, but also achieved marked success in each.
An All-America in football, he played in only two losing games in four years. In basketball, he led the Tigers to No. 1 NCAA College Division rankings in the AP and UPI polls and an NCAA College Division championship. While he earned numerous individual All-Conference and All-Tournament honors in both of these sports, his best was probably track, in which his talent and versatility were once recognized in SI (FACES IN THE CROWD, June 1, 1964). In 1964 he was the NCAA regional winner in the 120-yard high hurdles but was kept out of the finals and the Olympic Trials by a muscle injury.
As SI noted, in one dual track meet with Ohio Northern, Cherry personally accounted for 33 points, winning the broad jump, triple jump, 100-yard dash, the 120-yard high hurdles, the 220-yard dash and the 330-yard intermediate hurdles. What SI didn't say is that he would have won the high jump that day, too, but declined to take his final jumps because a teammate had already jumped higher than any of the competition.
He was a master of all trades.
ROBERT E. RIDDLE, D.D.S.
I can't believe you failed to mention Pat Richter of Wisconsin. In the early 1960s he was an All-America in football, and he also lettered in basketball and baseball.
I thoroughly enjoyed your article on the Miami Hurricanes, their entrepreneur-coach, Ron Fraser, and Pitcher Neal Heaton (The Heat Is On With Heaton, May 4). But now that you have analyzed the pitching-rich Miami team, how about taking a look at the hitting wonders of the Southern Division of the Pac-10? As a member of the University of Arizona baseball team, I have the dubious distinction of pitching in this league, which is nationally recognized as the toughest. For instance, a couple of weeks ago in Tucson in a three-game series between Stanford and Arizona, the Cardinals got 48 runs on 59 hits, while our Wildcats got 37 runs on 39 hits. If you don't have a calculator handy, that adds up to an average of 28.3 runs and 32.7 hits per game.
The funny thing is, there are scores like this every weekend. USC Coach Rod Deaux says it's the aluminum bats; Arizona State's Jim Brock says it's the talent of the hitters; and Arizona's Jerry Kindall says it's "awesome." We "Six Pac" pitchers say it's murder.
DANIEL B. POWERS
I feel compelled to respond to Todd Fredrickson, Princeton, class of '83 (19TH HOLE, April 13), and his inaccurate and typically sophomoric conclusion regarding the too often assumed academic superiority of Ivy League schools. To even suggest bracketing Michigan with USC as a "mere sports center" is a gross misrepresentation of Michigan's image.