Top 175 athletes list left a few out

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Congrats to Mike Klingaman and staff at The Sun for the job they did in compiling the top 175 greatest athletes in Maryland history. I noticed several glaring omissions, however.

Y.A. Tittleplayed two years for the All-American Football Conference Baltimore Colts, and one year for the NFL Colts, at the beginning of a career which would eventually earn him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The stats and honors he compiled completely dwarf those of Bert Jones, who the Sun charitably ranked at number 34. Yet somehow Mr. Tittle was forgotten.

Similarly, Roy Campanella developed his baseball skills in parts of seven seasons with the Baltimore Elite Giants before going on to a stellar Hall of Fame career as power hitting catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He should have easily made your list.

Robin Roberts, on the other hand, was nearing the end of an outstanding pitching career when he came to the Orioles in 1962. He would play 3 1/2 seasons for the O's and would serve as mentor for a young Jim Palmer. Mr. Roberts, who won a total of 286 major league games and would earn induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, should have merited inclusion on your list.

Steve Randall, Baltimore

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