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October 20, 2008
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October 20, 2008


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Chuck Solomon's photograph of Yogi Berra from the final home game at Yankee Stadium (LEADING OFF, Sept. 29) reminded me of the famous photo of Babe Ruth making his last trip to the park on Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium in 1948. All that was missing was a bat for Yogi to lean on.
Robert W. Maxwell, Covington, La.

In your photo of Berra, I particularly enjoyed seeing a player who knows how to wear a uniform, with pants just below the knees, navy blue socks exposed with stirrups pulled up just enough to reveal the white socks beneath. At 83, Berra still looks more like a baseball player than many of those from today.
Tom Toensmeyer, Fairfield, Ohio

I loved Heinz Kluetmeier's photograph of a Tennessee football player untying the shoelace of his Florida opponent while on the bottom of the pile. Random, fun moments like this, when men play like boys, are why so many people love the game of football.
Patrick Brown, Los Angeles

Getting It Right

You wrote that my sculpture of running back Ernie Davis, commissioned by Syracuse for its campus, included historically inaccurate Nike swooshes on his jersey and cleats (PLAYERS, Sept. 29) and said that "the sculptor will fix his mistake." The swooshes were only on the cleats, and that was because I was working from inaccurate source materials provided by Syracuse. I was shocked to learn that the materials given to me were incorrect and readily agreed to make corrections.
Bruno Lucchesi, New York City

Floor Plan

In constructing a dream house made from stadium landmarks (JUST MY TYPE, Sept. 29), Dan Patrick didn't mention anything about flooring. I'd suggest, for the rec room, the basketball court from Indiana University's Assembly Hall, with its beautiful Indiana logo in the middle.
Douglas T. Foy, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ryder Glory

The U.S. team's effort in this year's Ryder Cup (American Revolution, Sept. 29) was golf at its best. With Justin Leonard rolling in clutch putts, Anthony Kim staring down Sergio GarcĂ­a and Boo Weekley getting under Lee Westwood's skin, Captain Azinger's team was exactly that, a team. He had them ready. If not for Michael Phelps, Paul Azinger would be the choice for Sportsman of the Year.
Tony Pangonas, Round Rock, Texas

Just once I'd like to see a reporter conclude that the captaincy and pairing of players have absolutely nothing to do with who wins the Ryder Cup. In my view, it's the players who deserve 100% of the credit.
Danny Herns, San Jose

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