POINTS OF VIEW
Regarding your story on the Fullmer vs. Giardello fight (A Mad Night in Montana, SI, May 2), I think that Giardello was robbed of the title because of poor officiating by Referee Harry Kessler.
Cedar Knolls, N.J.
Why Harry Kessler did not stop the fight and declare Fullmer the winner, I cannot understand.
RUSSELL R. RATCLIFF
"BARUNA'S" FURTHER TRAVAILS
The spread of Baruna losing a spinnaker was a great picture, to which your writer did justice (Sail Ho!, SI, May 2).
But, contrary to what he says, in the second race with Bolero a week later, Baruna did, in fact, suffer further sail damage. On the long beat to weather, in the course of a headsail change, the interim jib got out of hand as it was being lowered. It thrashed about and beat a hole in the mainsail, which then split as though opened with a zipper (see above).
It is quite premature, it would seem to me, to regard the long rivalry between Baruna and Bolero as decided.
?Sailor Hedden knows a little bit about boat-racing troubles himself. Celebes, his 69-foot ketch, burned out from under him in the 1958 San Francisco to Acapulco race (SI, Feb. 3, 1958).—ED.
THE OLD ORDER PASSETH
While I share your admiration for Ted Williams (New Season—Old Ted, SI, May 2), I disagree with the statement his retirement will make baseball "less exciting for everybody." To me, no player, regardless of how great he is, can really hurt the game by leaving. All players are mere "actors on the stage" of the game—here for a while and, of course, inevitably gone—and the game rolls on with its highs, lows, and always the imminence of bright newcomers.
IN DEFENSE OF LISTON
The facts you presented about Sonny Liston's police record are correct (Big Punch, Small Chance, SI, May 9), but I would like to point out two other things. One is that Sonny was only 17 years old when arrested for robbery in 1950. He was held in the St. Louis jail until he was 18, then sent to the state penitentiary. The other thing is that his fight with a policeman in 1956 occurred only after the officer reportedly slurred the Negro race and Liston's parents. And though Liston was convicted of stealing the policeman's gun, the boy merely emptied the revolver of its bullets and threw it back to the cop. As a boxing referee in St. Louis, I've known Liston for about five years.
DON'T TAKE MY SUNSHINE AWAY
When Tacoma weather and baseball were given space in your columns (SCORECARD, May 2), emphasis was put on the negative, not the positive. Certainly Tacoma's return to Pacific Coast League play, after an absence of 55 years, was partially marred by rain or drizzle, necessitating postponement of several early-season games. But rain checks are an accepted part of baseball. And to point out emphatically that the weather in Tacoma and the Puget Sound area is not conducive to baseball play is silly.
Moreover, Tacoma did not leave the Coast loop way back in '05 because of rainy or inclement weather, but rather because of dollar lack at the gate. I know: I was there.