NO TIME FOR SWIMMERS
Your article on Chris von Saltza ("I Like to Beat 'Em," SI, July 21) was really great. I am one of many American swimmers who feel that swimming does not get enough publicity. The public wants us to swim and win titles, but who gets the glory? Baseball players, football players, golfers.
I was very interested to read of the difficulties Chris von Saltza and her coach, George Harris, had in finding a place to train.
I have always thought that finding a place to work out was a problem that faced only New York City swimmers and divers. My problem is finding good diving boards. None of the springboards in the city are any good. They are so stiff and slant up at such an angle that not only is it impossible to dive well from them and practice proper technique, but I am afraid that people who don't know anything about diving will get hurt trying to use them.
Astoria swimming pool, here in New York, was the site of the Olympic tryouts a few years ago, and I don't think that the diving towers have been used since then. Diving from even the five-meter platform is prohibited to everyone, and the ladders have even been taken down. How can we ever try out for the Olympics unless someone gives us the chance to learn beforehand? I think it is just stupidity to let those towers stand there unused until the big event and then expect a good turnout and good results.
Best of luck to Chris von Saltza. I hope she will "beat 'em" in 1960.
New York City
?Crowded conditions in New York City pools are responsible for regulations limiting the use of high-diving equipment, a situation not unique to New York and one that does not augur well for U.S. swimmers and the divers trying to "beat 'em" in the 1960 Olympics.—ED.
Jim Brosnan (The Rookie Psychiatrist, SI, July 21) sounds like a very educated man who knows more about our national pastime than just pitching.
In addition to his knowledge of baseball and interest in other things, he possesses writing ability. Why don't you sign him up?
Jim Brosnan reflects, in his interesting diary, the thinking of the modern (well-informed, cultured, pessimistic, cynical, non-Christian) American mind.
HAIL THE HOOP
How about an illustrated story on Frisbee, the greatest of all summer sports?