JOSE
It's about time! An article dealing with the "real" Jose Canseco (Whaddaya Say, Jose?, Aug. 20). After years of media overkill on this baseball phenom's problems, SI has revealed a side of Canseco never seen before. I hope this story will quiet some fans who can't stand Canseco's off-the-field talking and attitude. Personally, I find it hard to criticize him since he backs up all of that talk with his bat, glove, speed, power and intelligence.
KEVIN P. O'MALLEY
Fairfax, Va.

Canseco as a misunderstood folk hero? Give us a break! He is unquestionably a great, albeit fragile, ballplayer, but don't ask us to forgive his disrespect and contempt for past and present players, or his condescending attitude toward the fans who finance his life-style.
MICHELE REIS
Chicago

I thought the fine art of hitting was making contact. Two singles to the opposite field is FUNdamental baseball. Four strikeouts is boring. Also, I would like to ask Canseco how he is going to hit those game-winning three-run homers if the boring singles hitters don't get on base ahead of him.
RICHARD BALLEK
Hellertown, Pa.

I liked Will Clark and Jose Canseco until you ran articles about them and I saw what makes them tick. You're not going to do one on Roger Clemens, are you?
JON WINSKE
Appleton, Wis.

I believed all the bad publicity about Canseco until I happened to see him in a hotel when the A's were in Boston. He was surrounded by children asking for his autograph. He smiled and joked with them as he signed and was extremely pleasant. I live in the Bay Area, and am now familiar with the amount of time Canseco donates to various charities.

Perhaps we should remember that, like many in their 20's, Canseco had trouble with the sudden onslaught of events that came with fame—that he is still maturing. Let's give him a chance.
MATTHEW J. HENDRICKS
San Francisco

THE GOODWILL GAMES
Although your story about the lack of national interest in the Goodwill Games (But It Didn't Play in Peoria, Aug. 13) was accurate, your photo was misleading. It showed empty stands at the bicycling awards ceremony, and the caption said that "certain venues didn't pack 'em in." Actually, the bicycling events were almost entirely sold out, but the stands emptied when the competition was over, with most of us deciding to escape the heat rather than sit through the awards ceremonies.
TONY DIRKSEN
Woodinville, Wash.

An entire article about the low TV ratings of the Goodwill Games in which it was never stated that local cable stations had to pay a premium to carry this event.
JO‚àö√£L BOGDAN
Belle Mead, N.J.

Guess what? The Goodwill Games didn't play in Springfield, either. This was not due to any particular lack of interest, but rather to the fact that our local cable company elected not to make the Games available to its subscribers. If this was a trend throughout the country, it is easy to understand why the TV ratings were disappointing.
STEPHEN POOLE
Springfield, Ill.

•Local cable companies had the option of carrying the Goodwill Games or not, at a cost of $1 per subscriber for the entire 17 days. Eighty-six percent of the local cable companies elected to show the Games.—ED.

THE SILVER BEAVER
That was a wonderful article by John Garrity about Scotland's Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews {Keeper of the Flame, July 16). He mentions one of the trophies—the Canadian Silver Beaver—on display at the club. I am curious to know a little more about it.
JEFFREY STANTON
Chicago

The Canadian Silver Beaver was presented to the club by Royal & Ancient members from Canada to mark the Canadian centennial in 1967. Twice a year the trophy is awarded to the golfer with the lowest net aggregate score in the Spring and Autumn Medal Competitions.—ED.

PHOTOCOURTESY ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST. ANDREWS

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