Does McGwire, the good father, want his kid taking androstenedione? Somehow, I doubt it.
—ALAN KRISTMANSON, Vancouver
My sincere thanks to Rick Reilly for his uplifting and emotionally wrenching article on Mark McGwire (The Good Father, Sept. 7). The faith that has carried McGwire over the chasms in his life ought to serve as inspiration for all of us to deal with the problems in ours.
ADAM LOEWY, Madison, Wis.
McGwire deserves admiration not only for his feats but also, more important, for his relationship with his son. I will try harder to be a father worthy of admiration from my son.
MICHAEL PENDLETON, Las Vegas
McGwire has referred to his home run journey as a product of fate. Open the Bible to Mark 6:2, and you will find this passage: "Such mighty works are wrought by his hands!"
STEPHEN RUSSELL, Mobile, Ala.
Thanks for taking the high road in your profile of McGwire. His use of legal, over-the-counter dietary supplements deserves exactly the treatment you gave it—a passing mention.
RICHARD J. TONER, Lenox, Mass.
In the Sept. 7 LIFE OF REILLY, titled What Would No. 62 Be Worth to You? Rick Reilly says, " Sal Durante? He went out and got what he could for it!" But Reilly doesn't tell the whole story. Sal, 19 at the time he caught Roger Maris's 61st home run ball, was engaged to Rosemarie Calabrese, 17, who had taken him to the game. After Durante caught the ball, he gave it to Maris, but when Maris found out that the two kids were going to get married, he signed the ball, gave it back to Sal and said, Sell it; you'll need the money. Sal sold the ball for $5,000, which was used to help pay some debts and furnish the apartment in which he and Rosemarie were going to live.
JOE SEPTON, Brooklyn
In Praise of Monica
Kudos to Robert Beck and S.L. Price for their portrayal of Monica Seles (There's Something about Monica, Sept. 7). Beck captured Seles's outward beauty, while Price brilliantly depicted Seles's inner grace. Seles is a breath of fresh air in a sports world polluted by money-driven, egotistical and unappreciative athletes.
A.C. MULLINS III, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Seles is a rare breed of sports celebrity. I witnessed her willingness to accommodate her fans at the Federation Cup in Atlantic City. When asked to pose for a picture with members of the the Chestnut Hill College tennis team, Monica directed us to a secluded spot, posed for several photos, signed hats, posters and other sports paraphernalia and thanked us. It is no wonder that she is the most beloved woman in tennis.
SUSAN M. BEAUSANG, Flourtown, Pa.
Agony of Defeat
I'd like to add my affirmation to your SCORECARD Wish List item in the Sept. 7 issue. I've loved Little League baseball since I played it almost 25 years ago. But this year I had to switch off the telecast after being subjected to the interminable vision of pitcher Jeff Duda burying his face in sorrow after having given up the game-winning hit in the international championship game between the Japanese team and the kids from Langley, B.C. Why can't ESPN and ABC focus more on the thrill of the victors than on the agony of the little children who lose?
CHRIS PERRY, Piscataway, N.J.
Far from the Crowd
It was refreshing to read the article by Michael Bamberger on the Marlins and the Reds (Diehards, Sept. 7). Too often we learn about the trials and tribulations of players. It's nice to read about the spectators for a change: who they are and what drives them to travel hundreds of miles to see two last-place teams play. Such fans are the reason players have athletic careers at the salaries they have come to expect.
ADAM STRASBERG, Vancouver