OPEN AND SHUT
I nominate Jack Nicklaus for Sportsman of the Decade. In the face of a tested winner with a reputation for stretch-run victory, in front of a completely lopsided gallery, watched by sportswriters and TV broadcasters notorious for their partiality, he remained calm, took his time (especially with his putting) and beat the scowling hero. He then said that he was sorry to have had to ruin Palmer's chances for the Grand Slam. Palmer's comment on TV referred to the things that caused him to lose; he did not even admit that Nicklaus beat him.
R. H. WAKEFIELD, M.D.
Where does SPORTS ILLUSTRATED get the idea it can compare Jack Nicklaus with Arnold Palmer just because he finally won a tournament? Palmer has won so many I lost count.
Your vivid account of Cornell's great victory in the IRA Regatta at Syracuse was tops (Ready for the Reels, June 25). This old grad well remembers Cornell's clean sweep of the Hudson just 50 years ago.
Your articles on college crew (June 18 and 25) have done a great deal to further a very valuable sport.
Rowing builds what is important in sports—teamwork and physical conditioning. But why not also encourage club rowing?
Last year's pre-IRA Regatta rowing story by Oliver LaFarge (June 19, 1961) was a monument in itself, but this year's pictures by John Zimmerman crown it with living magic.
Yet one must not be left with the idea that it is only the colleges that row. In the upcoming Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia the participants, on the whole, will be members of nearly 40 noncollegiate rowing clubs. These club oarsmen will use their own earnings to row against Ivanov and the Russians at Philly, the Canadians at the great Royal Canadian Henley, their fellow Americans at the NAAO Regatta in Buffalo.
THOMAS G. KUDZMA
New England Amateur Rowing Association
Nashua, N. H.
Plaudits for your excellent coverage of college crew. Rowing, like most nonspectator sports, is an endeavor exacting dedication that is seldom recognized. Bill Flint, University of Washington jayvee stroke oar, capably demonstrated this when he and crewmate (Olympian) Ted Nash won the National Championship Double Sculls title in Philadelphia last summer. Flint and Nash, both of whom row for the Lake Washington Rowing Club, now face the task of opposing the Russian, double sculls of Tukalov and Berkutov on July 4 at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia. And, who knows, maybe they'll beat them.
WILLIAM HARAHAN III
You people are so worked up about the Russian eight coming to Philadelphia that you seem to have forgotten all about the scullers—one of whom, the apparently tireless Vyacheslav Ivanov, is probably the single greatest oarsman in the world today.
Cornell and Washington won't be able to do anything about Ivanov, but we do have one American determined to give him a run for his rubles on the Schuylkill. Ex-Princeton oar Seymour Cromwell finished third to Ivanov's first in the European championships at Prague last summer, and if endless hours of practice on Boston's Charles River are any indication he is determined to avenge the defeat at Philadelphia this July 4.