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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 García 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.
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.