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James Taylor, Miami
How could you leave NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson off the cover? He has won four Cup championships in a row, and he is a gentleman who epitomizes everything an athlete should be.
I was about 16 years old and on vacation in Albuquerque during the summer of 1976 when Mark Fidrych appeared on SI's cover winding up in front of Big Bird. The image made me smile then, and it still does now. Thanks for remembering Fidrych (Not to Be Forgotten, Dec. 28) and bringing back memories of a long-ago summer. Rest well, Bird.
Missing from your selection of 2009 obituaries was Melvin Simon, the co-owner of the Pacers and shopping-mall developer who died on Sept. 16 at age 82. Melvin and his brother, Herb, not only gave generously to the city of Indianapolis, but they also made sure the Pacers remained in Indiana. We were fortunate to have had him in our city.
Gary Schahet, Indianapolis