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November 04, 1963
DEATH SENTENCESirs:The line you guys employ never ceases to amaze me. You spin that moralizing nonsense about the beauty and truth of boxing (SCORECARD, Oct. 28), then you turn right around and itemize the terrible incidents leading up to the death of Ernie Knox.
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November 04, 1963

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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If those Dodgers had had that kind of pitching from day to day during the regular season, they would have won the pennant in a fashion which would have made the American League pennant chase seem close. I still firmly maintain that no National League team has sufficient talent to nail down as many as three positions in the Yankee lineup. I might add that the Yankee bench contains enough talent to start three men on any team in the National League.

Incidentally, it would probably be better for Dodger prestige if they would not repeat as National League champions, because the Yankees have a history of turning the tables on National League champions that succeeded in defeating them in a World Series.
Temple, Pa.

I would like to commend you for your fine coverage of college football. However, there seems to be one figure in this area whom you have forgotten, and this is the student manager of a college team. The readers of your magazine are people who like to go behind the headlines, to read about the men who participate behind the scenes. Perhaps you could compile a list of present-day leaders who were student managers in their college days.
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

?Some student managers who made good: Douglas MacArthur ( West Point '03), Herbert Hoover ( Stanford '95), C. Douglas Dillon ( Harvard '31).—ED.

I have been waiting several weeks to see if anyone would write in to drop a hint of praise on Ron Mix for the sensitive and fascinating job he did in the Boswellian reporting of behind-the-scenes life of a professional football team (I Swore I Would Quit Football, Sept. 16).

This comment is not meant to glorify Mix, but rather to reflect upon a prejudice of which many of us are guilty: the belief that a 250-pound 6-foot-4 all-league tackle could not possibly have creative sensitivity, and that positively nobody who excelled in another field could author anything without someone else doing the writing. Having been burned by the deception of publicists for so long, we have long since become the land of the disillusioned.

As one who has done a lot of ghostwriting, it dawned on me that, almost by reflex, I have the habit of dismissing such a byline as Mix's as nothing more than a signature. It has been refreshing and somewhat shocking to me to discover, accidentally, that Ron Mix really did write the piece. It became obvious during an interview on a local TV station. Mix talks just the way he writes; better still, he writes the way he talks. He is even writer enough to complain about a few deathless lines that ended up in your editorial wastebasket.
San Diego

I enjoyed your article on the Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde football player in Rome, N.Y. {Is There a Dr. Tashiro on the Field?, Oct. 28), but what does the doctor do when one of his teammates gets injured? Run back for his little black bag?

?No. He waits with the others while a team doctor treats the injury.—ED.

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