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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
April 02, 1962
GAMBLING GEYSERSSirs:That fellow Robert Boyle comes on strong and friendly as a new rooster in a hen house (The Hottest Spring, March 19). His descriptions of fun-spangled Hot Springs—its sporty habitu�s and sporting activities, its solid citizens and Runyonesque characters—present a delightfully accurate picture of a thoroughly charming town.
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April 02, 1962

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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ALIVE, ALIVE-O
Sirs:
The Reds Is Dead (March 19)—just as they were last year, when you said they would end up in sixth place.

I must agree that Cincinnati's Reds arc having their troubles, but they are far from dead. They just started to live.
BARRY BLOCK
Dayton

Sirs:
Better the National League with Dead Reds than the American League with nine teams that never even lived!
MRS. JACK NUTTER
Newark, Ohio

Sirs:
Three cheers for Walter Bingham. The Reds is dead.
KEN CONRAD
East Peoria, Ill.

Sirs:
Your candid snapshot of Gene Freese sliding into second, with unfortunate results thereof, was simply fantastic!

I experienced shooting pains in my left ankle (which I broke 12 years ago) for the rest of the day.
LEIGH BACKSTROM
Providence

COUSY CURE
Sirs:
I agree with Bob Cousy about the defensive game (Basketball—or Vaudeville? March 19). More stress has got to be put on it. I think one way might be the elimination of the 24-second rule.
JOEL ALDERMAN
Kent, Ohio

Sirs:
I am still much in favor of raising the baskets to 12 feet. As Bob says, the 7-footer will still be 12 inches closer than the 6-footer. But the tall man, though closer, would still not be at the basket nor above the basket. He would be under it.

With all the discussion pro and con about raising the baskets, it's odd how little experimentation has actually been arranged to observe the practical advantages of higher goals.
W. ROSS BOOKER
Kansas City, Mo.

Sirs:
How about an actual experiment, televised—a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED promotion—between altitude-divided teams of all-star pros?
ALAN BAXTER
Hollywood

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