THE SCORE IN BLOOMINGTON
I would like to compliment you on the editorial about the recruiting of athletes at Indiana University (The Right Time for Courage, May 16). I thoroughly agree that to make an example of one university because it does in the open what everyone else is permitted to do in the shadows is a great injustice to the school and also to the students who are punished by unfair and out-of-date NCAA rules.
E. J. SKINNER
If there is something detrimental or sensational to be said about a school, you have a great deal of space for comments (What's So Funny?, May 16), but if it is some athletic triumph, a score seems to suffice. The high favor your magazine once held among many Indiana University readers has fallen drastically and no doubt will never return to its old level.
ON TO THE SUMMIT
We are the first to say that the Chicago Cubs have often made some crazy deals. All you have to do is to look a bit around the majors and see the former Cub players now starring for various clubs. Easily visible from the headlines are Sam Jones, Don Hoak, Jim Brosnan, Bob Rush, Smoky Burgess, Dale Long, Turk Lown, Johnny Klippstein, Hobie Landrith, Bill Henry. The Cubs, of course, have gotten little return value in comparison to these talents.
However, the Cubs, at last, have made a corking trade (BASEBALL'S WEEK, May 23) by obtaining Don Cardwell and Ed Bouchee. And Cardwell is a big (6-foot 4-inch), young pitcher with a beautiful fast ball; Bouchee is a left-hander who hits the ball a country mile. Luckily, the Cubs have a guy like Lou Boudreau, who is just the manager to lead them to the summit, to make the Cubs baseball's 1960 surprise.
JOHN B. DONNELLON
?There's been trouble at the summit lately.—ED.
BIG LUMP FOR A SMALL CONTINENT
Herbert Warren Wind (Visit to a Small Continent, May 16, 23) can take credit for stirring up the only genuine, lump-in-the-throat attack of homesickness I have suffered since leaving Melbourne just over 20 years ago.
A former dinkum Aussie can perhaps be forgiven a glow of pride and a continuing tendency to root for Australia in the Davis Cup. And perhaps my sports-minded sons will come to attribute at least a small portion of their prowess on the baseball diamond and football field to their maternal forebears.
HISTORY LIVES AT GARDEN STATE
We have just read with deep concern your editorial No Time for Horses? (May 16).
By act of Congress a Civil War Centennial Commission has been created comprising 26 prominent citizens throughout the United States. In conjunction with the national and New Jersey commissions we have entered into this centennial celebration, since the Jersey Derby which we are reviving on Memorial Day was first run in Paterson, N.J. in 1864 and played an important part in the happenings of that year. In carrying out this program we are conducting on Sunday, May 29, as a civil enterprise, a free program which is being enthusiastically supported by all of the participants, including the above-mentioned commissions. As a further part of our participation in this centennial anniversary we are conducting on the morning of May 30, the day of our race, a 20-minute authentic re-enactment of a Civil War battle or skirmish participated in by two groups who are dedicated to the survival of the events of the Civil War period as a contribution to a living history of this vital period in the affairs of our nation.
It has always been our policy to find ways and means whereby the facilities of our racing plant might be made available for affairs in the public interest.
WALTER H. DONOVAN
Garden State Racing Association