Letters

May 10, 1992

Hurricane Carter
Seldom have I been as moved by the printed word as I was by William Nack's article about Rubin (Hurricane) Carter's 18-year-long imprisonment and ultimate release (True to His Words, April 13). It is a tribute to Carter that he was able to endure what would have been unendurable for most of us.
GREGORY S. YARNIK
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Carter didn't want parole; he wanted exoneration. And he got it. The brotherly love shown by his Canadian "family" for a man they had never met was remarkable.
CHRIS J. ANGLE
Safford, Ariz.

This tale illustrates the paradox that is America. When the system fails, it is a tragedy. When it works, it can be a thing of beauty. Carter has experienced both.
BILL G. WINTER
San Diego

I enjoyed your story so much that I shared it with all the guys in my cell. See, I, too, am incarcerated [for second-degree murder], yet I have faith. I see that through hard work and perseverance you can overcome any crisis. Though innocent I'm not, I can really relate to this story.
ROBERT LURZ
Marion Correctional Institution
Lowell, Fla.

Hot Stats from the Hot Corner
My wife and I have been having a debate over who is the best third baseman in baseball history (Who's on Third, April 6). Could you provide a statistical comparison of the seven third basemen in the Hall of Fame as well as three others who are sure to wind up there, George Brett, Wade Boggs and Mike Schmidt? Please include both hitting and fielding stats.
DAVID BROEHL
Wooster, Ohio

•Here you are.—ED.

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PHOTORONALD C. MODRASchmidt is first in home runs. PHOTORONALD C. MODRABrett is second-best in hits. PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMONBoggs has the No. 1 average.

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Hall of Famers

Games

At Bats

H

R

RBI

HR

Slugging Average

Batting Average

Games at Third Base*

PO

A

E

Fielding Average

Home Run Baker
(1908-22)

1,575

5,985

1,838

887

1,013

96

.442

.307

1,548

2,154

3,155

322

.943

Jimmy Collins
(1895-1908)

1,728

6,796

1,997

1,055

983

65

.408

.294

1,685

2,372

3,702

465

.929

George Kell
(1943-57)

1,795

6,702

2,054

881

870

78

.414

.306

1,692

1,825

3,303

166

.969

Freddie Lindstrom
(1924-36)

1,438

5,611

1,747

895

779

103

.449

.311

809

835

1,536

102

.959

Eddie Mathews
(1952-68)

2,388

8,537

2,315

1,509

1,453

512

.509

.271

2,181

2,049

4,322

293

.956

Brooks Robinson
(1955-77)

2,896

10,654

2,848

1,232

1,357

268

.401

.267

2,870

2,697

6,205

263

.971

Pie Traynor
(1920-37)

1,941

7,559

2,416

1,183

1,273

58

.435

.320

1,864

2,289

3,521

324

.947

On Deck for Cooperstown

Mike Schmidt
(1972-89)

2,404

8,352

2,234

1,506

1,595

548

.527

.267

2,212

1,591

5,045

313

.955

George Brett†
(1973-91)

2,410

9,197

2,836

1,459

1,459

291

.496

.308

1,689

1,370

3,369

260

.951

Wade Boggs†
(1982-91)

1,482

5,699

1,965

1,005

637

78

.471

.345

1,402

1,095

2,727

162

.959

*Fielding stats for third base only

†Active players; stats through '91 season

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)