Most American jockeys lack the fundamentals of equitation. Attempts have been made from time to time to correct this with jockey schools. However, these schools have been met with opposition and a lack of cooperation on the part of horsemen. To improve their riding style, our jockeys would do well to read the series by Eddie Arcaro which appeared in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (The Art of Race Riding, SI, June 17, '57, et seq.).
JOSEPH A. FAGAN
Hislop does not seem to realize that most people go to the races to bet and to try to beat the odds; that if horse racing were not intriguing enough to the gambler he would take his money elsewhere.
He seems to believe we are hurting the breed here in the States with our system of racing. I strongly suggest Hislop look at American horse racing from the point of view of the American racing fan—the little gambler who wants at the least some excitement for his $2.
GRASS ROOTS & CRUMB PIE
Can't remember enjoying an article as much as I did Gerald Holland's Renaissance in Pinckneyville
(SI, Feb. 2). Here is basketball with true Midwestern flavor—real grass-roots stuff. Certainly one of the best articles ever to appear in your fine publication, where topflight stories are hardly at a premium.
It's a good bet that you've made P'ville fans out of a lot of "cold, objective observers from out of town."
JAMES E. CLARKSON
WHAT'S ON CHANNEL 6C?
I'll wager that few realize the extent to which sports are going off television.
The New York Times
of September 17, 1950 reported: "TV's football coverage will offer New York fans on Saturday a choice of five different football games during the season, plus three nighttime games." For a typical Saturday afternoon telecast let's take October 14, 1950:
CBS: Army vs. Michigan
NBC: Navy vs. Princeton
WPIX: Yale vs. Columbia
ABC: Dartmouth vs. Penn
Now go to the corresponding afternoon for October 1958:
NBC: Game of the Week
( Ohio vs. Illinois)
WOR: Lawrence High vs. Baldwin High