THE NEW ZEALANDERS
Snell's record-setting mile, not to mention the 880 and 800 meters (World's Greatest Distance Runner, Feb. 12) is something that was forecast two years ago by one of his fellow New Zealanders, Murray Halberg, the gold medalist in the 5,000 meters at Rome. Halberg, to quote from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Sept. 12, 1960), said in reference to his own training with two marathon runners, "The marathon runners beat me by a second, I beat Snell by a second. He'll be the greatest runner in the world in a few years."
JOHN H. O'KEEFE
Fort Belvoir, Va.
Demerits to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for presenting a highly interesting article on brilliant New Zealand middle-distance runner Peter Snell without making even passing mention of another eminent New Zealander, the late and great Jack Lovelock, 1936 Olympic 1,500-meter champion and world mile-record holder, who by himself put his country on the track map to stay.
A big hand for Robert Boyle (Will Floyd Fight Sonny? Feb. 12). As one who has followed Liston's life, I have no doubt in my mind at all that Sonny Liston will defeat Floyd Patterson this year and become the next world heavyweight boxing champion.
I don't know how you can possibly mention that jerk in the same breath with the great Sugar Ray.
If D'Amato picks Floyd's opponents in the future as carefully as he has in the past, Patterson will be the first heavyweight champion to retire undefeated at age 65 and kill boxing in the process.
PRESTON G. ACKER
The school of thought that makes the most sense to me is the one that says since Liston is not in jail or on parole, he should be allowed to fight anyone.
JAMES M. MORAN
I am all in favor of a cleaned-up boxing profession, but I am frankly disgusted with any system that permits the champion to sidestep any recognized and qualified opponent to fight nobodies. After all, why is there any listing of challengers if being listed as No. 1 does not rate at least a shot at the title?
LIEUT. DAVID S. TEACHOUT, USN
As far as boxing is concerned Liston's rehabilitation is a scapegoat. The rehabilitation of boxing itself is the issue.
DANIEL DE ESCUINAPA
I'm no partisan of pretentiously meaningless dogs' names like Fancy-pants Doomsday of Skid Row (I made that up; take it, anybody), but sometimes a yellable name doesn't best fit the beast (Show Dogs' Names Shouldn't Happen to a Dog, Feb. 12).
New York City
I feel sure that Robert Cantwell never took the trouble to find out the basic reasons why the trend is as it is. One of the most important is that, because of the desire of so many persons to have a dog of purebred origin, breeders have established an increasing number of breeding kennels and, in turn, have registered their kennel names with the AKC. Any litters of puppies whelped by that breeder subsequently will bear that kennel name to indicate the "line." For instance, anyone familiar with hound breeds would instantly recognize that Tyburn's London Derriere is a basset hound bred by Mrs. Carolyn Babson. (Tyburn is her kennel.)