Gerald Holland's article was a classic. He certainly demonstrated a most delicious feel for the mores of the midwestern small town. Being a product of that society, as well as a hack writer, I never realized how stylized the existence until I read Holland's impressions. Great!
CASH FOR THE HALL
We were astounded to read in SCORE-CARD (July 2) the following statement:
" American Football League players will not be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reason: the National Football League is paying much of the $500,000 it will take to establish the hall at Canton, Ohio."
I was the co-chairman of the fund-raising committee (which raised, through public subscription, $399,640) and presently serve as a director of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Contrary to your statement, the National Football League and its members contributed a total of $13,000, which constitutes approximately 3% of the amount subscribed. No contribution from any league member exceeded $1,000.
R. E. LILLY
?The American Football League has not been asked to participate either in the planning or the financing of the Pro Hall of Fame. Although the NFL has been active in promoting the new Hall, Reader Lilly is correct on the sum contributed.—ED.
PERINI STOCK IS STEADY
In your recent article regarding the Milwaukee Braves (No More Joy in Beertown, July 16) you mentioned the fact that Perini Corporation had cut its dividend in half.
If you will again check your source book, I think you'll find this is not so. Perini has not cut the dividend—it still remains 50� per year—12�� quarterly.
BOXER'S WORD TO EVERYMAN
Gerald Astor's article on Boxer Randy Sandy (The Everyman of Boxing, July 30) brought home to me again the sometime futility of the punch-for-pay profession.
I write not as a crusader for the abolishment of boxing but as one who, 20 years ago, made a living at it.
The long uphill grind of training and conditioning, diet and exercise, sweat and liniment—all of it—culminates only in the bunched fist against the jawbone. And a remotely possible moment of glory for some. But the downhill slide into oblivion is much faster than the uphill grind, and it is too late then for the moment of truth that must come when the fighter realizes he is through. The question "What do I do now?" should have been asked much earlier, and of the boxer himself.