As a Canadian who lives in a city obsessed with the Maple Leafs, I'm often questioned about my love for the Blue Jays. It hasn't been easy to explain my passion for baseball, but now I don't need to—I can just give them Joe Posnanski's article.
Carol Starr, Toronto
Posnanski did a masterly job encapsulating the soul and spirit of a game that has created countless memories for Americans young and old (Loving Baseball, July 25). Although baseball is often referred to as the national pastime, that term is something of a misnomer, as the sport is not merely a thing of the past; it is an integral part of the present, and it will undoubtedly play a central role in the American landscape for the foreseeable future.
Aaron Troodler, Teaneck, N.J.
The caption for the photo on page 60 does not do justice to Billy Pierce of the White Sox (identified merely as an opponent) or to his venerable catcher, Sherm Lollar. Pierce was one of the premier southpaws of what was arguably baseball's greatest decade. He had a 211--169 record over 18 seasons, winning 20 games twice and striking out 1,999 batters. Lollar caught more than 100 games a season for Chicago for 10 straight years (1952 to '61) and was one of the best defensive backstops of his era. The linkage of that photo with the one of Tigers ace Justin Verlander is also resonant of Posnanski's theme of baseball's timelessness: Pierce was born in Detroit and began his career with the Tigers as an 18-year-old in 1945.
Ross Doughty, Royersford, Pa.
The commentary from baseball writer, historian and statistician Bill James, longtime announcer Vin Scully and Brad Horn, senior director of communications and education for the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Posnanski's insight into the game and the pictures from past and present, made the feature one of the best to appear in your magazine in some time.
Keith E. Domke, St. Clair, Mo.
Name That Pain
Steve Rushin's essay on the ever-changing lexicon of sports injuries was hilariously true (SCORECARD, July 25). I don't even attempt to read an injury report without pulling up a Google app.