DYING WITH DICK
What can I say of the story on Dick Groat (Head Man in a Hurry, Aug. 8)?
As president of the Roanoke chapter of the Pittsburgh Chowder and Marching Society, I am currently living and dying with the Pirates and Dick Groat.
The Dick Groats of the sports world are so few and far between that they are worthy of special mention, as your Roy Terrell has proved so beautifully.
Back in the days when Dick was the star of and I was the statistician for the Duke basketball team, there never was any question who stayed late after practice to perfect his jump shot, which was to become the best in the college field.
Dick Groat is the finest team man I know; not the greatest athlete, mind you, or the man with the most physical ability, but the man more than any other who could beat you.
Just one more of a long list of masterfully written articles.
H. M. LOVEJOY
BACK TO RELAXATION
"Sixty years ago [Mann says] the breaststroke was the swimming stroke many instructors taught to beginners" (Teach Your Child to Swim, July 25).
I think we should go back 60 years and start teaching breaststroke again. The present-day practice of teaching the crawl as a basic stroke to anybody, regardless of ability, brings startlingly poor results. Kids who "graduate" from such classes can thrash around wildly in a poor imitation of the crawl for one or two pool lengths, then they quit exhausted. A few talented individuals will go on to make teams and win prizes, but the majority will not even learn to enjoy swimming or be safe in the water.
Listen to Mann: "The breaststroke is an easy action, very conducive to relaxation...it is a downright restful way to move through water."
I thought so, too. My two boys who are "summer swimmers" (like the great majority of us) can easily swim half a mile using the breaststroke without exhausting themselves.