I enjoyed Paul Zimmerman's intimate report on one of my favorite people: Archie Manning, New Orleans Saints quarterback (The Patience of a Saint, June 8). I'm an avid San Francisco 49er fan, and I always look forward to the Saints' annual appearance here because of Archie's gutty, never-say-die attitude. His athletic talent is obvious, but I also admire Manning because he's such a low-key, unassuming guy, which is refreshing in this era of grossly overpaid athletes, the size of some of whose salaries is surpassed only by the immensity of their egos.
HAROLD O. CHRISTENSEN
Having had an aunt and uncle whom I visited in Drew, Miss, during Manning's boyhood, I've been aware of the legend of Archie Who? since his youth baseball days. As a 6-year-old "star gazer," my only goal was to be a Yankee. A Drew Yankee, of course.
Why a Yankee? Because Manning, a gangly, freckle-faced righthander for the Yanks, was baffling opposing batters in a Drew youth league with his exploding fastball and keeping the girls blushing with his disarming Wally Cleaver personality.
Thanks to Paul Zimmerman for a class article about a class gentleman.
The honor of being named valedictorian traditionally goes to the best student in the graduating class. Now we hear Archie Manning recount how he outfoxed his perhaps more scholarly classmates by using "planning" to avoid challenging courses like physics and solid geometry and thereby become valedictorian of his high school class. I would say that, rather than going for it, Archie went around it. I also wonder if there is any connection between this attitude and Manning's feeling that he had his best year ever while the Saints went a miserable 1-15. Once more, Archie got his numbers.
That's not exactly my concept of leadership.
Chaffey High School
Paul Zimmerman was correct in calling Archie Manning "one of the finest quarterbacks ever to come out of the deep South." However, "the most famous athlete ever produced by the state of Mississippi" may just be Walter Payton, a fair football player for the Chicago Bears, or Charlie Conerly, former New York Giant quarterback.
STANLEY LEWIS PARKER
Iowa City, Iowa
Thanks for your piece on the White Sox (Catch Chicago's New Act, June 8). They have received my manic devotion for the past 20 years. In fact, you've inspired me so much that in a few minutes I'll be rushing home to pick up one of my many White Sox shirts to wear to my company's softball league season opener. Being a "rowdy, but good-time breed" fan, I hope that the sight of my Sox shirt thoroughly disgusts all the Dodger and Angel fans who'll be there.
There is no other park like the character-filled Comiskey, no other fan like the Sox fan, and most certainly no other team of announcers like Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall.
KEITH D. SPEAKS
Finally White Sox fans, who have long been frustrated, can be boastful. However, I hope the Sox won't give up their present uniforms for any of those horrid-looking fan-submitted duds! All the Sox need do is tuck in their shirts. Their uniforms are the nicest in the league, but the shirt makes them look bad.
GARY K. BOYCE