In the last several years several major league clubs had informed us that the restriction on Negro players prevented them from placing working agreements in our league. Upon receipt of this order to integrate, many of these clubs wrote saying that it was a "wise move," and that now we should have no trouble in obtaining working agreements.
Isn't it strange that now, the first year that the bars are down, we were refused working agreements and were forced to suspend operation?
President, Southern Association of Baseball Clubs
Your footwear feature was fine (SPORTING LOOK, Feb. 12) but, alas, the "trim canvas-and-rubber Newmarket boots (Miller's)" cost $18, not $8.
New York City
?Our (typographical) error.—ED.
Wow! First you publish those magnificent hockey scenes taken inside the goals (Jan. 22) and now you do almost the same thing for basketball (The Ubiquitous Hands of Mr. C, Feb. 5)! What a fine portrayal of a magnificent athlete the Chamberlain shots were. Bravo John Zimmerman! Bravo Wilt Chamberlain! Bravo SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!
Congratulations on the fine article, The Hand-off (Jan. 29). In those wonderful words and Mark Kauffman's still more wonderful pictures you have caught the true spirit of man's oldest and best-loved sport: the foot race.
THOMAS N. TOBIN
I was particularly disappointed in your fine magazine these past weeks: Kansas City, for some time a butt for humor in your pages, had its first professional championship in 15 years, and you failed to mention it. Granted 1) that the American Basketball League is new, 2) that your article on last year's NCAA finals shed good light on our town and 3) that you have basically ignored the ABL, a theory I can't totally disagree with at this time. Still, Kansas City's Steers deserve some mention. They beat a team composed of several acceptable if erratic NBA players, three holdovers from last year's AAU champions and Larry Siegfried, one of the top five college players in the nation last year.
Kansas City, Mo.
A HOLE IN 10
Until last week, when Arnold Palmer came through at last, putting was holding him and most of the other top pros back (Jan. 22, et seq.). I have played with some of the best putters during the last 60 years, including Walter J. Travis, Jerry Travers, Chick Evans, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Walter Hagen and even Harry Vardon and James Braid, and they all had that something in common: they went for the hole.
However, one fact not emphasized often enough is that a putt has a better chance of holing out if it dies just about at the hole, for there are 360� of entrance in the perimeter. Therefore, I have devised the following Ten Rules for Putting a Golf Ball into the Hole, which might be of interest—and help—to your readers if not to Palmer and Co.
1) Keep your body rock still and look at the back of the ball.