What Richie said was that he is only interested in helping the Phillies win the pennant. He also explained that the rookie award, without any cash benefits, would not help him to support his family—which is his primary intention.
Let me caution your writers to abstain from such remarks when they come to the City of Brotherly Love in October. They may find that knocking a Phillie in Philadelphia can be more dangerous than scrawling "I like Lyndon" on the Kremlin wall.
Grand story on Jim Ryun (A Kansas Boy with a Man-size Task, Sept. 14). It makes me realize how tough it is to be a winner, especially against guys like Burleson, O'Hara and Grelle.
May I congratulate Mr. O'Leary on an excellent article. Not only does the story point out Ryun's great incentive, but it also shows Coach Bob Timmons' strategy and technique in attempting to mold Ryun for this year's Olympic Games.
While reading your article (Sail It Now, Sink It Later, Aug. 24), I found myself recalling a summer seven years ago when I was 12 years old and we had finally talked Dad into buying a boat. The first time out of the harbor I virtually took two other boats and a mechanic with me. Doesn't it seem stupid to jeopardize the life and property of others by allowing inexperienced 12-year-olds—or even inexperienced 40-year-olds, for that matter—to handle such a lethal toy?
Now, having mastered, somewhat, the art of powerboating, I am most happy to assist those in trouble. But of late I find myself wanting to wave gaily back at those who frantically signal with broken skis (no paddle) rather than bother to help them. A number of times after I towed a rental in from trouble—occasionally breaking my towline in the process—the ungrateful greenhorn would nod and be on his way as if saving him were my duty.
I agree that something must be done about boat operators. Too often have I seen small, low-horsepowered runabouts far offshore when a storm was approaching; or even more often seen large boats—with skiers-cutting inside shallow-water markers.
ED MALLEY JR.
Crystal Bay, Nev.
SI's comments in "Arrivederci DiMaggio" (SCORECARD, Aug. 24) sickened me. I think it's great that Italian youngsters will be told how much money DiMaggio made, thus serving as an inspiration for prospective baseball superstars of the future. However, I'm wondering what can be done in this country to create an interest in amateur sports like track and field where professionalism is almost unheard of.
Just the other day I was talking with a 15-year-old boy from my home town. This boy was coached by me as an 11-year-old and again at 12 with sights set at possible world records in track and field. During our conversation he stated that he was more interested in baseball and football, since these sports had money as a draw while this did not exist in track and field.
I not only lost a fine long-distance running prospect but I also lost a little of my love for professional sports like baseball, basketball, football, etc.