Aug. 21, 2000
Aug. 21, 2000

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Aug. 21, 2000


Regarding the David Wells cover story: Stick to the stats and
lay off the fat.
--CAROLYN GONZALEZ, Garland, Texas

This is an article from the Aug. 21, 2000 issue

A Weighty Topic

I love baseball, and as an amateur player I fully appreciate the
significance of David Wells's winning record, especially in the
major leagues, where hitters are built like tanks and hit
baseballs as far as I hit golf balls (Heavy Duty, July 10).
Maybe all pitchers should consider living a little bit larger!
MATTHEW SMITH, St. John's, Newfoundland

David Wells is not the first lefthander to drastically deviate
from a healthy diet and lifestyle. As someone who grew up in
Michigan I recall a doughnut-loving, motorcycle-riding southpaw
who was born righthanded but had to become a lefty as the result
of a serious childhood injury. He is third in career strikeouts
for a lefthander, having recently been passed by Randy Johnson.
He beat Bob Gibson and the Cardinals in the seventh game of the
1968 World Series and deserves consideration for the Hall of
Fame. Who is he? Mickey Lolich.
JEFF LOVELAND, Edinburg, Va.

There is only one thing worse than gracing the cover of SI with
an overweight, cigar-smoking, beer-guzzling player: the fact
that the player is no longer a Yankee. Can you say Cy Young, Mr.
JOHN MURPHY, Oakland, N.J.

Shattered Lives

Talk about outraged! That's exactly what I was after reading
Doug Most's article about four young men on their way to a
basketball tryout who were gunned down by police simply, it
seems, because they were black (Shot Through the Heart, July
10). I hope the cops who shattered the young men's dreams never
practice law enforcement again.
SALLIE LEARY, Appleton, Wis.

When I heard about this story, I thought it was just another
case of blacks complaining about the police, but after reading
your article I realized I was wrong. As a white male, I am
ashamed of what happened. These four guys wanted one more chance
at playing basketball, but the white cops were not going to let
them. Basketball was their lives, and it was taken away in a

How about a little more on how the troopers' lives and families
have been devastated by this terrible mistake? And why point out
the troopers' irrelevant failure to follow certain procedures
when they first arrived? It's just as relevant to point out that
none of the events would have happened had the driver obeyed the
law and not driven with a suspended license. The whole thing
seems clearly just a tragic, but understandable, error.

Receiving His Due

I was glad to see that Dr. Z's list of receivers who ought to be
in the Hall of Fame included Otis Taylor and Art Powell, but what
about Lionel Taylor? All he did was lead the AFL in receptions
for five of the league's first six years and in 1961 become the
first pro football player to catch 100 passes in a season.

Dress for Success

As anyone who has ever applied and interviewed for a job knows,
your appearance and ability to relate to the boss are crucial in
determining whether or not you get the job. I found it amazing
that people criticized Bulls general manager Jerry Krause for
telling teenage prospect Darius Miles that he could not play in
Chicago with cornrows (INSIDE THE NBA, July 10). Krause can hire
whomever he wishes and enforce what he feels is an appropriate
"hair code." It is a privilege, not a right, to work as a pro
athlete, and we fans and the bosses don't necessarily have to
take you as you are.
MARY CALISSIE, Wheeling, W.Va.


A Fine Catch

I was shocked by Paul Zimmerman's SCORECARD (July 24) item about
Michael Irvin because I don't understand Dr. Z's lack of respect
for Art Monk. Monk (above) has as many championship rings as
Irvin and played on one more Super Bowl team. Plus, Monk was a
Ripkenesque model of consistency: He held the NFL records for
most consecutive games with a catch, most career receptions and
most catches in a season. Moreover, he set those records before
the advent of dump-off West Coast offenses when a 100-catch
season was still rare.
DAVID CHALK, Vienna, Va.