What has prompted this letter are charges made by Marvin Bass of South Carolina and Frank Howard of Clemson of unfair recruiting tactics employed by Dietzel in South Carolina. You can be sure that he wasn't looking for candidates for OCS.
Army officials must temper the extreme emphasis now put on football.
DAVID M. EPSTEIN
Drexel Hill, Pa.
BIG BAD BO
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED certainly deserves the Onion of the Year award for that garbage recently printed about Bo Belinsky (SCORECARD, June 11). As if most teenagers aren't difficult enough now, you idiots have to give acclaim to a big-mouthed child who never grew up. He acts like a busher, and time will prove that he is.
ARTHUR A. KAPLOW
East Orange, N.J.
I agree with you. Bo Belinsky is a refreshing individual who isn't afraid of doing what he wants and saying what he thinks.
CARROLL H. COOK
Your condescending slap at The Spoiling News for its criticism of Bo Belinsky indicates a total lack of understanding on your part of what makes baseball so popular with the fans. Believe it or not, there are still many people in this fine land who believe in the glamour and tradition of major league baseball. These are the fans who make baseball the big commercial money-maker that it continues to be. So you must see that Belinsky has an obligation to the sport and to its fans to uphold the traditions of a game which can bring him untold rewards that he might realize nowhere else.
ABBOT M. FRIEDLAND
New York City
It seems to me that those "good gray editorial writers" of The Spoiling Mews are more qualified and more efficient at reporting facts that the fans want to read than your complete unknowns who probably lack gray hair.
Colorful ballplayers, in my estimation, are those who have perfected themselves in every phase of the game and can hit, field and run spectacularly. So where does Bo Belinsky fit in? He's a rookie with six victories out of eight decisions, admittedly an enviable record, but how about waiting until the end of the season before you go overboard on him?
CRAIG C. GARNER
Hurrah for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED! It is about time someone took a stand for the few colorful players still in baseball. Belinsky has shown himself to be a fine hurler, as well as a personality.
TWO FOR TWO
Now I've seen everything. At this writing, the Minnesota Twins happen to be on top of the American League, but your obstinately eastern baseball writer, Herman Weiskopf, devoted exactly two lines to Minnesota (BASEBALL'S WEEK, June 11).
Congratulations on the thorough, literate coverage you gave to the return to New York of the Los Angeles (nee Brooklyn) Dodgers and the San Francisco (nee New York) Giants three weeks ago. Whereas many lesser magazines would have sent a covey of reporters and photographers to the Polo Grounds to cover the excitement, the color, the "World Series" atmosphere, even, perhaps, the baseball, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED wisely devoted only two lines to the event. I suggest a special prize for your editorial staff: a supply of subway tokens and directions on how to reach the Polo Grounds.
PIERRE A. LEHMULLFR
The Bronx, N.Y.