BOXING: UNDERCOVER AGENT
It appears that the hiring of Jack Dempsey as promotional adviser for Rosensohn (Velella) Enterprises (Meet Mr. X, SI, Aug. 31) has put a stamp of approval on this group in the eyes of many.
However, putting a pretty new cover on the book does not change its contents but only aids in covering up the truth.
Hiring out to such a questionable organization seems to be a strange and ironic way to "make the fight game an honest business," to use Mr. Dempsey's own words.
Here is hoping that no athletic commission will approve this organization as promoters (under any name) in its state.
LACROSSE: VANCOUVER, PLEASE NOTE
You suggest that someone come forward with an international lacrosse trophy (EVENTS & DISCOVERIES, Aug. 24). I know such a trophy is in existence. As president of the U.S. Lacrosse Association I headed an All-America team that in July of 1935 played a series of three games in Vancouver, B.C., each before an estimated crowd of 10,000 spectators, for the Lally Trophy, symbolic of international lacrosse supremacy.
We lost the trophy to a British Columbia contingent, and there it resides. So that it may be put up again in international competition, can any Vancouverite tell us where the trophy is now?
New York City
POLO: THE LINES FORM
As to the polo challenge (19TH HOLE, Aug. 31): We Texans are justly proud of the three Texas poloists nominated by you for your Oak Brook team and of Dr. Williams' Dallas Athletic Club team, National Open champions of 1958, who may very well repeat this year.
However, let's not count the Easterners (or Meadow Brook) out just yet. For one thing, your Oak Brook team is decidedly unbalanced. It does not include a first-rate player in the No. 1 position.
To challenge your team for the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Silver Mallet, may I suggest a Meadow Brook team of Pete Bostwick, Northrup Knox, Alan Corey and Dev Mil-burn Jr. It would be quite a battle, and worth leaving Texas to witness. Moreover, it would be an all-pro team vs. the all-amateurs of Meadow Brook.
LOUIS C. ROMANET
TRACK & FIELD: HE STARTED IT ALL
It was good to see Parry O'Brien on your cover (SI, Aug. 31). You may be interested to know that the Striders competition shirt O'Brien is wearing was designed by Don Winton; and Don Winton is the same man who originated the Striders Team, which has won the national championship in track and field for the last three years. The Striders are an outgrowth of the All Comers track meets which were held back in 1951 to 1959 at John Muir High School in Pasadena.