One name not mentioned in Kelli Anderson's outstanding article on the Seattle basketball scene (Brand of Brothers, Feb. 22) was former O'Dea High basketball coach Phillip Lumpkin, who passed away last fall. The young men who played for Phillip had terrific fundamentals and displayed a strong drive to win, and they were always good representatives of O'Dea and the Seattle area.
Joe Barry, Oxford, Ohio
For many years I have wanted to thank Willie Mays and the other black heroes of my time (SCORECARD, Feb. 22). The journey to eliminate racism in this country is ongoing, but Mays and his contemporaries contributed significantly to that journey and paid a heavy price for doing so.
Steve Kaeuper, Denver
For me, Willie Mays's greatest accomplishment occurred in 1992 when he visited the Johns Hopkins pediatric oncology unit. There he met my three-year-old son, who was battling stage D neuroblastoma. Mays brought a smile, inspiration and hope to a small boy who in six months would have two surgeries, radiation treatment, chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant. My son is now a junior in college. Mays is a man of compassion on and off the field.
Bryan Rusk, Easton, Md.
Thank you for the article on two sportscasting giants who do their jobs the right way (It's Not As Easy As It Looks, Feb. 22). My favorite part was when Joe Posnanski noted how often we get "batted over the head by shtick and catchphrases and look-at-me buffoonery." This article should be required reading for all announcers.