What a treat to see Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris on your May 27 cover. It triggered a pleasant and immediate flashback to when historic feats were accomplished without the aid of plastic grass, colored shoes, batting gloves or personalized wristbands.
JOHN H. REDDINGTON
Following the exploits of the M&M boys and my beloved New York Yankees was a passionate thrill for me as a kid, one I shared with my now deceased father, who would awaken me often during the summer of 1961 holding the sports pages and saying, "They did it again." For a minute I was 12 again and I cried. I wish my dad could have seen this great cover.
On May 27, the date of the issue that asks, "Whatever happened to the Yankees?", Mel Hall hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to help New York defeat Boston 6-5 (right). It seems that whatever happens to the Yankees, they find a way to upstage my beloved Red Sox.
Yankee broadcaster Tony Kubek, the shortstop on the '61 team, complains that there are no Mantles on this Yankee team. C'mon, Tony, do you see any Mantles on other teams?
DAVID P. BAGLIEBTER
I guess you had an editorial meeting that went something like this:
Genius No. 1: "We need a juicy cover story."
Genius No. 2: "Yeah, but what? I'm bored with the NHL and NBA playoffs."
Genius No. 3: "Hey, I've got it. Why don't we trash the current Yankees by comparing them to the '61 team?"
Geniuses No. 1 and 2 (in unison): "Ooooh, aaaah!"
As a Tiger fan, I used to love to watch the Yankees lose. That's what the entire country wanted, except for fans who lived in New York. But I can admit it now—the Yankees were the best team I ever saw. It is sad to see them today, struggling just to look respectable.
KARL R. HEDKE
Lincoln Park, Mich.
Douglas S. Looney's article about Dave Foreman and the radical environmental group Earth First! (Protector or Provocateur?, May 27) was remarkably well-written and evenhanded. I appreciate the fact that he discussed tree spiking and indicated that a spike could injure or kill a logger or sawmill worker. It is hard to know when one crosses the line from being noble and sincere to being arrogant and dangerous. Thank you for exploring the subject in some depth and helping to clear up some misconceptions about a topic that affects us all.
CAROLYN MINIHAN RICHARDS
West Danby, N.Y.
I hope your informative article will awaken true conservationists to stand up and loudly denounce these ecoterrorists.
So filmmaker Spike Lee isn't happy about Larry Bird's being a hero in what you call a "black man's game" (He's Gotta Pitch It, May 27)? This is something one might expect from a man who, virtually by himself, defines the term "racial divisiveness." The racial differences in America may never be completely solved, but hateful, confrontational words can only lead to worse.
I got to thinking about it, and Lee is right: Bird probably does get extra attention because he's white. On the other hand, I think about all those poor Caucasian film directors who never got interviewed by SI. If Spike Lee were European-American, he would be just another good director.
Lee's self-serving attitude is a giant leap backward in the fight against racism. To him, everything is a black-versus-white issue. Unfortunately, racism still exists, but rather than trying to put out the fire, Lee is fanning the flames and feeding off the huge financial rewards that that brings him.
Thanks for giving Lee the recognition he deserves. It's about time his views were presented in a positive light.
Remembering Lee Wulff
Leigh Montville's tribute to outdoorsman Lee Wulff in his May 13 POINT AFTER was one of the best pieces of writing I have ever read in your magazine. Wulff's name is legendary among those of us who love to fish, but I had not known of the multi-faceted nature of the man before reading Montville's article.
PETER J. ADANG
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