When I saw your article on Brian Cole, I took note of the April 1 issue date and the fact that Cole was a Mets prospect and immediately thought of 1985's The Curious Case of Sidd Finch. Sadly, the tragedy of Cole's sudden demise was neither fiction nor an April Fool's joke. Still, I was happy that I had the opportunity to read such a beautifully written story about this extremely talented young man.
Jim McCart, Conestoga, Pa.
Remembering Brian Cole
I was saddened after reading your story on Brian Cole (The Best Player You Never Saw) and realizing that most baseball fans will never get to revel in his skills. I'm just glad that his family, friends and teammates were left with his wonderful legacy, knowing that he was not only a gifted player but also a great human being.
Lawrence Campbell, Tenafly, N.J.
I enjoyed your list of the NBA's greatest dunks (SCORECARD), but I couldn't understand how the throwdown by 6'5" John Starks over 6'10" Horace Grant in the 1993 Eastern Conference finals did not make it.
Chad Fleming, Mystic, Conn.
Here's an oldie but goodie: Bill Russell's dunk off a lob pass from Bob Cousy against the Philadelphia Warriors in 1956. Russell straight-armed the ball through the hoop while his head cleared the top of the backboard.
Larry Spellman, Plymouth, Mass.