EYEING THE HAWK
Thanks to Steve Wulf for his fabulous feature on Ken (The Hawk) Harrelson (The Hawk: A Nose For All Seasons, Jan. 20). I have no doubt the big guy will deal the White Sox to the top—and within two seasons. I only wish his nest were in the Red Sox front office at Fenway Park. Sorry, Lou Gorman, but there's only one Hawk!
I think the Hawk's cowboy hats and boots beat the old Nehru jackets—by a Nose.
The article on the Hawk is the type of wildlife story I enjoy. Some people may have counted him out, but I believe he has yet to reach his beak.
PHILIP A. LYNCH
I graduated from Lewis University in 1968 and therefore enjoyed the story by Hank Hersch on the Niego boys (Keeping It Almost All In The Family, Jan. 20).
You mentioned another Lewis product in the article on Ken Harrelson: John Boles, who was not rehired as a Triple-A manager by Harrelson (he's now manager of the Royals' Triple-A team in Omaha), graduated from Lewis in 1970. Boles played for Lewis under Gordon Gillespie, an outstanding baseball man. After Lewis, Boles coached at two colleges, St. Xavier and Louisville, and then was a manager in the Sox minor league system for five years. Boles paid his dues and deserved to be made third base coach of the Sox. Harrelson's decision to go for name coaches shows more flash than substance. The Sox will stink again with Harrelson calling the shots. Herman Franks? Jim Marshall? Why not Tweedledum and Tweedledee?
•For the latest word on another Lewis graduate, peripatetic pitcher Tom Brennan, see Spotlight on page 92.—ED.
O.K., I give up. Refresh my memory. Who did the Red Sox receive when they sent the Hawk to Cleveland?
NANCY BROUILLARD MCKENZIE
•Boston got catcher Joe Azcue and pitchers Sonny Siebert and Vicente Romo for Harrelson and Red Sox pitchers Dick Ellsworth and Juan Pizarro.—ED.
I'm crazy about ice princess Katarina Witt (Behold The Shining Star Of The G.D.R., Jan. 20). I remember her well from the 1984 Olympics, and I'm still in awe of her beauty as well as her formidable athletic talent. Even her name is beautiful.
Forget the swimsuit issue; more Katarina Witt, please.
Katarina received only 35,000 love letters? I thought the male population was larger than that.
Katarina is "fresh-faced, blue-eyed, ruby-lipped and 12-car-pileup gorgeous," as Rick Reilly said, but she doesn't have the warmth and charisma of our own Dorothy Hamill. No other woman skater in history made the heart go pit-a-pat the way Dorothy did. Katarina? Just another pretty face.
Since Rick Reilly insists on dwelling upon how beautiful Katarina is, I feel compelled to say I don't think she can hold a candle to current U.S. champion Tiffany Chin. Tiffany is also a better skater. You'll see.
In your special college basketball issue (Nov. 20) you failed to mention Purdue in your Top 40. To quote your Big Ten preview in that issue, "As usual, Purdue is expected to be an also-ran. So, as usual, the Boilermakers will wind up in the Big Ten's Top 5. Sophs Troy Lewis and Todd Mitchell will make us regret leaving them out of the Top 40."
Well, you were right. The Boilermakers made their first appearance in your Top 20 in the Jan. 13 issue with a 13-2 record, and they have remained there ever since. When will you learn?
PICKING UP ON CRUM
I would like to congratulate Alexander Wolff for recognizing Memphis State as a great team even without Keith Lee (There's No Holding These Tigers, Jan. 20). The Tigers have the best fast break in college basketball, and Andre Turner is the best point guard. It is great to get such positive exposure in light of all the negative things said about coach Dana Kirk and the university. As for Louisville coach Denny Crum's questioning the strength of Memphis State's schedule, MSU was in the Final Four last year, and with any luck it will be there this year, too.
EDDIE WALKER JR.
Denny Crum makes an interesting observation. He says Keith Lee was a great basketball player, but not a great athlete. In my opinion, Crum is 100% correct. Lee was a great freshman basketball player, but since then his game and stamina have slipped. The Cavs wasted a No. 1 pick on an unmotivated player.
In regard to Crum's comments in Basketball's Week (Jan. 6) about the disparity in fouls in the Kentucky-Louisville game in Lexington (12 to 22, respectively), all he needs to do is check back to last year's game in Louisville and he will find an even greater disparity: 13 fouls on Louisville to 27 on Kentucky. Come on, Denny, loosen up. You'll get the right whistles next year in Louisville.
Here is an update on Hoosier Hysteria (Back Home In Indiana, Feb. 18, 1985 and 19th Hole, May 20): Warsaw, the 1984 state high school basketball champ, beat Marion, the 1985 state champ, 55-52 on Jan. 18. The loss ended Marion's 40-game winning streak. As SI readers may recall, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks set the record of 45 straight victories while Oscar Robertson was playing there in 1955 and 1956.
MICHAEL D. ROEGER
Much has been written about Bill Veeck's death. However, all of the articles I have seen, including yours (Scorecard, Jan. 13), fail to mention his visionary warnings regarding the owners' greedy reliance on the Curt Flood decision. His solution was simple—treat the players as people, and negotiate a mutually beneficial free agency agreement. It's a shame that Veeck's suggestions were ignored just because other owners didn't like a guy in short sleeves who drank beer in the bleachers. Please add American Genius to his epitaph.
ROGER M. SCRIVNER
Twentieth Judicial Circuit
TROUBLE AT HOME
I haven't been to Comiskey Park in several years, so perhaps you can help me. Is home plate there really backward, as depicted in the White Sox poster of Ken Harrelson displayed on page 74 of your Jan. 20 issue?
BRIAN J. FAHEY
•When artist Joe VanSeveren's caricature of the Hawk came in to the White Sox ad agency, it was discovered to be too short for the season-ticket brochure it was designed for. That's when the people at the agency mistakenly added the reversed plate. "It was just to see who was paying attention," deadpanned an agency spokesman when asked last week.—ED.
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