As a longtime fan of Sonny Liston, I thoroughly enjoyed your article (Can't a Fellow Make a Mistake? July 17). I did, however, notice a dearth of facts concerning Liston's commendable ring record, facts which might possibly help to offset his dubious record as a member of society.
In my opinion, Liston is guilty only of being born a Negro and consequently becoming a mass of befuddled emotions in a country whose racial policy contradicts its shining armor of supposed equality regardless of race, color or creed.
Everybody deserves a second chance, but how many second chances are there?
Little Creek, Va.
Champion of the underworld?
How you can justify Patterson's fighting McNeeley is beyond me (SCORECARD, July 17). I can understand such a fight taking place in Boston, the home of many mismatches, but I am ashamed for you actually to condone it. I wonder what you will say if McNeeley is seriously injured or if the fight turns out to be similar to the Tommy Collins massacre of some years back, also held in Boston.
Certainly, we all realize that the income tax situation is not conducive to fighting for high stakes more than once a year, but if you love boxing at all, and if you would like to see the sport saved, you certainly can't be happy to see Patterson fighting Pete Rademachers, Roy Harrises, Brian Londons and Tom McNeeleys.
THOMAS E. PURDUE
HOOK, LINE AND SPIT
Elgin Ciampi would stick pins into children's balloons (How and Why a Fish Strikes, July 24). I wish you would inform him that every fisherman has a right to his own theories, without interference from some bloke who has to bring in facts. Send Elgin to the Pentagon, where he can get lost among the other "tradition breakers," and leave us poor, superstitious spit-on-the-hook fishermen alone.
HAROLD P. GROVEN
The fellow who wrote the DiMaggio article (The Longest Hitting Streak in History, July 17) overlooked a rather pertinent and interesting sidelight. In 1935, while playing in the Pacific Coast League, Joltin' Joe DiMaggio had, as I recall, a 66-game streak.
?It was 1933, and it was a 61-game streak.—ED.
POWER AND PREDICTION
Congratulations on a superb job of predicting for the U.S.- Russia dual meet (Power versus Perfection, July 17). You missed only on the pole vault, when an unpredictable youngster came through.