As a proud Wisconsinite, I read the June 11 issue with great interest. I can't remember ever seeing three stories about the athletes of our state in the same week.
Your stories on the Milwaukee Brewers (Big Brew Ha-Ha) and the Green Bay Packers' Don Majkowski (The Majik Touch) were excellent. But as a University of Wisconsin alumnus, I most enjoyed Richard O'Brien's account of the NCAA track meet (A Favor Well Bestowed), which was dominated by a Wisconsin native, Suzy Favor. For good measure, LSU track star Esther Jones is a Milwaukee native.
Thank you for letting America know that Wisconsin is a major league state and that we're not just a bunch of cheeseheads.
DAVID A. CULLEN
14th Assembly District
You reported that Suzy Favor's magnificent double in the 800 and 1,500 meters in the NCAA track and field championships was unprecedented. This is technically true but only because the NCAA doesn't recognize records set at meets run under the auspices of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women ( AIAW).
On a hot, humid May day at the University of Texas in 1981, I watched Leann Warren of the University of Oregon win intercollegiate championships in the 800 and 1,500 meters in the space of one hour. You won't find her name in the NCAA books, though, because the meet, which was conducted by the AIAW, predated the NCAA's sponsorship of women's championships, which began in the spring of '82.
With a boost from Title IX, the AIAW gave women the framework they deserved for intercollegiate sports. The NCAA should give credit where credit is due.
TOUCHED BY MAJIK
Sure, Packer quarterback Don Majkowski is arrogant on the field. Clutch performers have to believe in themselves. But he appreciates the gifts with which he has been blessed, and off the field he is also a winner, showing genuine concern for others. We don't hear much about that anymore in professional sports. I am sure young "date," Tanya Krueger, would be happy to give testimony.
South Egremont, Mass.
Oh, please, who does Majkowski think he's fooling? If the poor guy is finding it so hard to find privacy in Green Bay's "fishbowl," maybe he should try driving around the city in something other than a Mercedes with MAJIK 7 license plates.
CAL RIPKEN'S STREAK
It never ceases to amaze me when so-called experts and spoiled fans make such a big deal about a ballplayer's playing ball (A Monumental Streak, June 18). In these days of high-priced prima donnas who miss games because they hurt themselves pulling up their socks the wrong way, we should admire a player like Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., who simply loves to play the game. Any player with this competitive drive—from the majors to Little League—would play every day of the year, given the chance. As for taking a sick day every now and then, I don't know many people in other occupations who would do so in good conscience if they could look forward to an October-to-February vacation.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
As with all controversies, those who are satisfied with the status quo do not speak up as loudly as those who are dissatisfied. Most baseball fans appreciate Cal Ripken for his many accomplishments. Ripken is to be commended for the Streak and, more important, for his professionalism and sense of values.