How is it possible to feel such nostalgia for a time that is so foreign to me? Reading about Jack Swift's love of baseball and his devotion to family during the post--World War II era while playing in the midst of the minor leagues' decline was simply captivating.
Alan Crossley, Vancouver
I enjoyed reading your story on Jack Swift (The Invisible Fastball, Oct. 17) and baseball's golden age, a time when there seemed to be games everywhere you looked and everyone played simply because he loved the game. I wish I could have been around back then to experience it all.
A Man Apart
Richard Hoffer's article on Al Davis (Al Davis 1929--2011, Oct. 17) was a great warts-and-all portrayal of one of the most polarizing men to ever be part of pro sports. Although Davis's idiosyncrasies likely cost his team wins over the past seasons, his impact on the NFL is clear.
John Pappert, Colorado Springs
While the media has been giving Davis a lot of credit for the success of today's NFL, he should also take a lot of the blame for its shortcomings. Yes, Davis was an innovator when it came to using shrewd business deals to create competitive teams. However, those same shrewd deals went on to create astronomical ticket prices and the megamillion-dollar contracts for the league's superstars that have put the game out of reach for many fans.
Bill Downs, Stevens Point, Wis.