Sports writing reached a new dimension with Herbert Warren Wind's articles on
sports in Japan (The Bouncing Ball, SI, Feb. 24; Around the Mulberry Bush, SI,
March 3). He should receive the thanks and bows of the world for telling,
brilliantly, this story with the powerful and scholarly discernment of a person
who understands and can describe the true dimension of sports.
New York City
E & D: LA
Napoleon said, "An army marches on its stomach," and a platitude was
born. For years people have accepted it without question, and yet when a
penguin finally has the courage to put it to the test (E & D, Feb. 17), his
efforts are contemptuously dismissed with the phrase, "Yes, the bird is
lost." This is, I feel, a poor attitude to have toward pure research in
this post-sputnik age.
In view of his
unproletarian attire, a penguin, however pure and scientific his intent, is
hardly likely to be allowed to follow in the Great Man's footsteps and either
advance upon, or retreat from, Moscow. Why then should it evoke surprise that
this hardy little bird should attempt the next best thing by marching on the
South Pole? He may not have an army but he is certainly marching on his
stomach, and of such stuff are disciples made.
Lost indeed! A
pox upon pundits and professors without imagination.
BOILS AND BUBBLES
Congratulations on your article Comes the Tennis Revolution (SI, Feb. 24). What
happened at the last USLTA annual meeting was certainly a revolution, and
tennis lovers only hope it will sweep away the stuffiness with which American
tennis has until now been plagued.
I agree with you
regarding the abrupt dropping of Bill Talbert as Davis Cup captain. He did a
very excellent job in every way over the past few years as our captain, and it
would have been so easy to have arranged it so he could have gracefully
retired. We shall miss his brains and industry, and wish Mr. Jones the best of
luck as his replacement.
ALASTAIR B. MARTIN
New York City
1956 U.S. Amateur Court Tennis Singles champion, was vice-chairman of the USLTA
Davis Cup Committee.—ED.
Comes the Tennis Revolution makes too much of an issue over what you call the
Jacksonian spoils system. There have been other presidents of the USLTA from
outside the East, notably Colonel James H. Bishop of Culver Military Academy
who served in 1953, 1954 and 1955. Though tennis was born and grew up in the
East, it has long been a national game, and Mr. Denny and his fellow officers
are merely giving it a national administration. There are many Easterners,
Southerners and Middle Westerners on USLTA committees along with those from the
far from being summarily dismissed, is a member of both the Davis Cup Committee
and the Davis Cup Selection Committee, so obviously his talents are needed, and
he has not been "brushed aside."
E. C. POTTER
New York City
•Mr. Potter, who
writes regularly for World Tennis magazine, is in error. At the time SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED'S article appeared Billy Talbert had not been asked to serve on
either Davis Cup Committee. Since then his services have been solicited by