The Season's Standouts
How could Jack McCallum not have chosen the Boston Celtics' second-year coach, Chris Ford, as his NBA Coach of the Year (INSIDE THE NBA, April 20)? Ford has had to deal with adversity from the first day of camp through the playoffs. It started with Kevin Gamble's holdout. Because of injuries to Dec Brown and Brian Shaw, the overweight John Bagley inherited the point guard job. There was a seemingly endless string of injuries to such key players as Brown, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale (only Gamble and Reggie Lewis played in all 82 regular-season games). The Shaw-Sherman Douglas trade further complicated the backcourt dilemma.
Ford played magician with his lineup night in and night out, often not knowing until game time who would be ready to play. The Celtics finished atop the Atlantic Division and even won consistently without Bird. Ford deserved the honor of being SI's Coach of the Year.
McCallum's omission of Billy Owens's name for Rookie of the Year was a major oversight. I'm not saying that Larry Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo did not deserve their accolades, but not even to have mentioned Owens was a crime. He helped lead the Golden State Warriors to their best record in 16 years and the second best in their history. The Warriors improved by 11 wins (to 55) in what is arguably the toughest division in the NBA, and with the exception of Owens's replacing Mitch Richmond, this Golden State team is much the same as last season's.
The one area where I feel McCallum may have overlooked a player worthy of recognition was Most Improved Player. The Phoenix Suns' Tim Perry, a 1988 lottery pick, has made a remarkable return to the fierce, combative style that made him a force at Temple. The only other player considered a has-been to make such a sudden surge is the Denver Nuggets' Reggie Williams.
KEITH J. MCCARTIN
I thoroughly enjoyed Tim Kurkjian's article about the Baltimore Orioles' wonderful new ballpark (A Splendid Nest, April 13). I attended the last game at Memorial Stadium, feeling the emotions everyone did that day, and it was thrilling to enter Camden Yards and see the field and the warehouse for the first time. The park is a jewel. To everyone associated with it, I say, Here's to you. You have done it right!
A shot of the aisle end of the seats shows an insignia with crossed bats and a baseball player that bears the initials BB. What do those initials stand for?
M. JOANNE NAVARRE
Ann Arbor, Mich.
•They stand for Baltimore Baseball Club—the two B's are actually linked by a C. The logo was used during the 1890s by the BBC.—ED.
The same day I read your article, I read a newspaper story about St. Louis's plans to build a domed stadium downtown to house the Cardinals and presumably to attract a new pro football team. The city of St. Louis and its tans do not need a megadome stadium. An outdoor ballpark or stadium with natural turf and a visible connection to the city's architecture, however, would be a welcome addition to our plastic, predictable world.
Baltimore's beautiful new ballpark nearly brought tears of envy to my eyes. Minneapolis's city fathers railroaded through the monstrosity that is the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. It's synthetic, uncomfortable and aesthetically appalling.
I may move to Baltimore.
Shades of Victor Borge
I enjoyed your piece on Gene Autry (Whitey, Buck and the Singing Cowboy, April 13). Autry is one of the finest gentlemen in the West, old or new. I was also interested in a rare bit of punctuation in that article. Whitey Herzog was being quoted as quoting Autry who was, in turn, quoting Richard Nixon who was asking a question, all of which led to the seldom-seen sentence conclusion:?" ' "
That would be enough to make Victor Borge give up his verbal punctuation routine or risk bruising his tongue.
As pleased as I was with your article on the women's Final Four (Molly Rules in L.A., April 13), I was disappointed that there was no picture of Stanford's Molly Goodenbour, who was named Most Outstanding Player. How about a shot of Goodenbour for all those die-hard Cardinal fans who are already counting the days until basketball season starts again.
•Here she is (No. 15) helping her team to a semifinal win over Virginia.—ED.
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