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July 06, 1998
July 06, 1998

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July 6, 1998

Letters

Your article on the Vecsey brothers shows that putting ego,
money and self-promotion ahead of family is not restricted to
the millionaire athletes they cover.
--CHRIS MANCUSO, Philadelphia

This is an article from the July 6, 1998 issue

VECSEY BROTHERS

S.L. Price's article on the Vecsey brothers showed each brother
in the correct light (Oh, Brother, June 8). Both are respectable
journalists, but I think it is childish that the two cannot
embrace each other, since their work and bloodline should bring
them together. Thanks for a great article.
AARON MEYERS, Baltimore

Last fall I contacted George Vecsey via E-mail, hoping he could
help me find tickets to an Italian League soccer match in
Florence. He responded at length, giving me the name of a
colleague in Italy. After a quick phone call once I arrived,
tickets (that I paid for) were waiting for me at the box office.
This was the action of a rather special newspaper person. I
doubt I would have gotten the same response for hoops tickets
from Peter.
DAN BALSER, Brooklyn

Peter Vecsey does a good job at covering the human interest
stories and the personal lives of NBA personnel. But how much
knowledge does he have of basketball as a game? He's a classic
example of a lot of fluff and no substance. I would rather
listen to the expertise of Matt Goukas or Bill Walton.
RICH MCCUE, Tampa

Peter Vecsey has the heart every sportswriter envies.
JOE PARKER, Hobart, Ind.

Let me get this straight: Peter Vecsey is handed a job by his
father and then uses his position to get into fistfights with
subjects who object to his style? Vecsey's actions are
disgusting to every scrub sportswriter who doesn't have the kind
of connections Vecsey had.
CURTIS ZUPKE, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

In the July 23, 1944, game in which he had a batter
intentionally walked with the bases loaded, Mel Ott may have had
more than strategy in mind (INSIDE BASEBALL, June 8). Ott was
the player-manager of the New York Giants and was locked in a
fight with the Chicago Cubs' Bill Nicholson, the player whom he
ordered walked, for the National League home run lead.
Nicholson's four home runs in that day's doubleheader had moved
him into a tie with Ott for the lead with 23. Ultimately
Nicholson pulled away from Ott and finished with 33 homers. Ott
was second at 26.
JOE MARZIOTTI, Sugar Land, Texas

COWBOYS COACH

I marvel at Troy Aikman's statement (The Long Road Back, June 8)
about new Dallas Cowboys coach Chan Gailey: "I really think
he'll be here 15 or 20 years because he's the type of person
this organization can be proud of." With Jerry Jones at the
helm? I don't think so. If Jones doesn't see his Cowboys in the
Super Bowl or at least deep in the playoffs next January,
Gailey's head will roll like a bowling ball.
ANNE H. RIBERDY, Warminster, Pa.

STATE OF THE NHL

The Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings play six
entertaining, bone-jarring games against the Dallas Stars in the
Western Conference finals, and you respond with five pages on
what's wrong with hockey (Is Anyone Watching? June 15). The
sport looks just fine to me.
GREG BACH, Wellington, Fla.

The use of Fox's glowing puck as an "honest effort" to meet the
need of the 38% of viewers having trouble following the puck has
not only failed to attract new eyeballs, but also has lost many
of the 59% of the viewers who were not having difficulty.
HARVEY LEVINE, Bronx, N.Y.

One reason for the NHL's decreased playoff ratings is that it
spends the regular season hyping the big-market teams. This
comes back to bite the league when a team like the Ottawa
Senators, which was not on ESPN or Fox once during the regular
season, ends up in the second round of the playoffs. The NHL
must promote its stars regardless of where they play.
SHMUEL R. BULKA, Staten Island, N.Y.

I think you missed the real reason that few viewers are tuning
in to hockey: It is not exciting. I am a die-hard hockey fan who
never misses a game on television, but all the clutching and
grabbing makes the sport boring. At the end of his career Mario
Lemieux called the NHL a garage league. Whether he meant to say
garage or, as some people assert, garbage, he got his point
across: No scoring equals no viewers.
JACOB GANZ, Woodmere, N.Y.

B/W PHOTO: PHIL BATH [Jim Barbieri]

WORLD CHAMPS TOO

Marc Pisciotta is not the first member of any Little League
World Series championship team to make it to the majors, as you
say in SCORECARD (June 15). In 1954, Schenectady beat Colton,
Calif., 7-5. Two members of the champs went on to the big
leagues: Jim Barbieri (17), with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and
Bill Connors, with the Chicago Cubs, both in '66. Incidentally,
Ken Hubbs, who made it to the Cubs in '61, played on that year's
losing team.
Tom Hirschen, Schenectady, N.Y.

Hector Torres, who played for five major league teams in the
'60s and '70s, was a member of the 1958 Little League champions
from Monterrey, Mexico.
DAN O'CONNELL, New York City