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June 01, 2009
The cover shot of jockey Calvin Borel with his trademark ear-to-ear grin is a classic. I was one of the 153,563 at the Kentucky Derby, and you have ensured that it was two minutes I'll never forget. Matt Murphy, Minneapolis
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The biggest surprise to me, from one of the handwritten notes on the slide mounts, was that a photographer knew how to spell Yastrzemski.
Al Boucher, Nashua, N.H.

I recently came into possession of some old negatives of my father and his brother standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon in 1933, celebrating my father's eighth birthday. While the prints I made from the negatives were scratchy and flat, simply holding the negative in my hands gave me a physical connection to that moment in my father's life 76 years ago. That piece of film was at the canyon with my father on that day; you won't ever get that sense of holding history from a JPEG.
Bill Youmans
Centennial, Colo.

Looking at Dwight Clark making The Catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, you see a lost art in the NFL—catching a football using only your hands and without wearing any kind of gloves. The NFL banned stickum, why not the gloves?
Paul Peterson, Hulmeville, Pa.

A-Rod's Tips

Players who take steroids help their team by hurting themselves; players who tip pitches (Mr. 252, May 11) hurt their team by helping themselves. Which is worse?
Douglas Petrie, Los Angeles

I'm neither a Yankees fan nor an Alex Rodriguez fan, but I expect SI and Selena Roberts to be fair to him. The book excerpt includes accusations from anonymous ex-Rangers; you should stick to one of the fundamental rules of the justice system, that the accused have the right to confront their accusers.
Mark Grant, New York City

Is there any chance that A-Rod has done anything right—like working harder than anybody in the game at his craft, or taking the time to answer every inane and imposing question from the press and doing it with a positive attitude?
Sean Browne, Allen, Texas

Power Pitchers

Your story Renaissance Men: Pitchers Who Can Do It All (SCORECARD, May 11) omitted my favorite example. On Sept. 12, 1969, the Mets swept a doubleheader from the Pirates, winning both games 1--0. In the first game Jerry Koosman pitched the shutout and drove in the game's only run. In the second game Don Cardwell pitched eight scoreless innings and had an RBI single. Just another amazing feat by those Miracle Mets.
Michael Feeney, Nanuet, N.Y.

Don't forget the Red Sox' Earl Wilson, who homered in a game in which he pitched a no-hitter—a 2--0 win on June 26, 1962, at Fenway Park. Wilson is one of only four pitchers (along with Rick Wise, Wes Ferrell and Jim Tobin) to accomplish that feat.
Joel Sonenshein, Arcata, Calif.

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