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April 23, 2001
Anyone who would not welcome Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley back with open arms has not been watching the NBA lately.—JAMIE FARQUHAR, Vail, Colo.
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April 23, 2001

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Billy's Boosters
Billy Pierce's fastball may have lost its fizz in the early 1960s as you say (CATCHING UP WITH..., March 19), but he finished 16-6 for the National League-champion Giants in '62, going 12-0 at Candlestick during the season, and then outdueling Whitey Ford for a complete game victory in Game 6 of the World Series. Plenty of good fizz for us Giants fans.
MICHAEL FUNKE, Detroit

Last June, I was paired with Pierce at a charity golf outing. Because of heavy rain, no motorized carts were allowed. That, combined with cold and wind, caused countless sports celebrities to cancel. Billy, who had to be the oldest celeb there, cheerfully lugged a pull cart around the course and was as friendly as could be both during and after the round.
BOB STRACKS, Winnetka, Ill.

Mister Congeniality
I grew up in Elmira, N.Y., in the early 1960s when Lou Piniella (above) played Double A ball for the Elmira Pioneers. Who was the man who taught him the basics of managing there? None other than that famous hothead Earl Weaver.
DALE STRONG, Binghamton, N.Y.

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