I was glad to see that your magazine did not wholly agree with Attorney General Kennedy's "bold proposal" (SCORECARD, July 27). He bases his proposal on the assumption that Americans engage in athletics to give us "an inner glow of pride" and to enhance "the picture abroad of a young America." This is not the case; it never has been the case and, hopefully, it never will be the case. We engage in athletics, primarily, for ourselves, for diversion, for competition, for physical activity, and not to "give the world visible proof" of anything.
To the ranks of active septuagenarians we elevate George Morton Levy (If It Moves, They'll Bet on It, July 27), who joins such noted compatriots as Charlie Chaplin, Casey Stengel and Artur Rubinstein.
SANFORD K. BAIN
New York City
I don't think the references to Mr. Levy's age were fair. After all, if he is a man of vigor, as Mr. Ottum says, his age shouldn't be a subject of humor. Otherwise, it was a fine piece of reading and I liked Mr. Levy after finishing it.
GRACE ELIZABETH WAGNER
George Levy did a lot of great things for the trotting sport, but I believe the greatest was his financial backing and support of the Phillips Starting Gate. In my estimation this did more to help our sport than any other one thing. Had it not been for this starting system I would venture to say we would still be at the county fair.
Meadow Lands, Pa.
MAL DE MER
By the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea (July 27) is the epitome of the nation's beaches. Thanks for the fun.
By the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea is undoubtedly the most ridiculous expenditure of seven valuable pages in a national sports publication ever perpetrated!
JAMES S. LATHAM
Bay City, Texas
AROUND THE BUSH
I am sure that you will receive many letters from indignant New Yorkers wanting to know how you could print such an article as The Word for New York Is Bush (August 3). They will vehemently state that "New York Is a Summer Festival." I say rot. New York is a gigantic, overpriced tourist trap.
LEONARD W. BLACK
It appears that Charles McCabe has a grudge against New York City. His article is, to say the least, extremely critical of America's biggest metropolis.
Perhaps that is for the best because if he moved to New York he couldn't give his column away. Despite his inept opinion New Yorkers know baseball and know good sportswriters.
So let Mr. McCabe stay in San Francisco where he may be able to fool newcomers to major league baseball. We New Yorkers are not impressed by witty criticisms without foundation.
PATRICK J. MCCORMACK JR.