TRIBUTES TO TIGER
I want to thank Sam Toperoff for the splendid PERSPECTIVE (Oct. 13) on Richard Ihetu, a.k.a. Dick Tiger, the two-time world middleweight champion from Nigeria who passed away in 1971. Never before has anyone spotlighted this great fighter in such a remarkable manner. Those who came in contact with Tiger cherished his wit and pride. When I was a boy growing up during the Biafran war, he was my mentor; he represented the last hope we Ibos had during the civil war. He will remain with us in our memories.
Toperoff's article on Dick Tiger was excellent and very timely. I will be traveling to Lagos, Nigeria, later this month to join many devoted fans in paying a memorial tribute to this most humble and respected champion. Although 1986 marks the 15th year since his death, he is remembered and idolized more than ever in his homeland.
Your story brought to mind many memories of the hard-fought matches I had with Tiger here in the U.S. and in Nigeria. I am looking forward to returning to Africa after 23 years to renew those memories and to again meet with the dedicated fans of Nigeria.
Former Middleweight Champion
West Jordan, Utah
? Fullmer and Tiger met three times. On Oct. 23, 1962 in San Francisco, Fullmer lost the WBA middleweight crown to Tiger in a 15-round decision. On Feb. 23, 1963 in Las Vegas, Tiger retained that title in a 15-round draw, and on Aug. 10 of that year in Ibadan, Nigeria, Tiger stopped Fullmer in seven rounds in a second defense.—ED.
THE SEAHAWKS' LARGENT
Thank you so much for Jill Lieber's touching story on Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent (The Catch Of The Day, Oct. 20). Largent and his family have learned to feel more for others, and reading this story has helped me to do the same.
Lieber's article was impressive, but Peter Read Miller's photograph of Largent and his handicapped son was even more moving. What a picture!
As good as Largent is (a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame), I don't think you expect your readers to believe that he can see the head of a pheasant at 600 yards, much less shoot one from that range, as his friend Larry Guerkink seems to suggest.
?Oh, no. Make that 60 yards.—ED.
Lady's Secret is no secret, but thanks to Demmie Stathoplos for informing the rest of the country about this classic animal (Fairest Filly Of Them All, Oct. 13). I watched her defeat the boys at Saratoga in the Whitney, and I am sure that Breeders' Cup Day (Nov. 1) will see her clinch the Eclipse Award and stamp her name in racing history as the greatest filly of all time.
JOHN Y. HAMILTON
WOMEN IN SPORTS (CONT.)
I read with interest Sarah Ballard's The Most Powerful Woman In Sports (Sept. 29). As Ballard pointed out, many sports in which women compete are not led by women. But there is one she missed: bowling.