Those monk-strap shoes and that Australian bush hat are ridiculous.
DENDY ON SONNY
As a subscriber to your publication from its first issue, I wish to make a few observations anent your article, To Fight or Not to Fight? (Sept. 7). Over a period of many years you have carried items relating to the National Boxing Association and later the World Boxing Association. Most of these news stories, in my opinion, were critical of these organizations. I will admit that at times criticism was justified, but I do think that the current article was unfair and did not contain all of the facts relating to certain actions taken at the 1964 convention of the World Boxing Association.
With reference to myself and Brooks Dendy, your reporter failed to record my opening remarks with regard to this man. During the tenure of Joe Louis as heavyweight champion of the world, Dendy was the Negro golf champion of the U.S. For some three or four years these two champions of golf and boxing toured the U.S. giving exhibition matches; hence I consider Dendy fully qualified to express an opinion on Sonny Liston. What he said, in my opinion, accurately expresses the thinking of a majority of the sports fans of the world.
JOHN Y. JORDAN JR.
Asheville Boxing Commission
Frank Deford's recent article on Roy Emerson (Bright Shine on an Old Shoe, Sept. 7) was well done, but in essence he failed to mention the really salient features of Emo's game; he is an errorless machine from the baseline and possesses the soundest ground strokes in amateur tennis.
Deford really goofed when he said that Rod Laver "has found a swift professional obscurity." Laver today is one of the three best tennis players in the world, and it is almost impossible to say who is the best among Laver, Rosewall and Gonzalez. If Deford had done the proper research he would have known that Laver beat both Rosewall and Gonzalez to win the U.S. pro grass court championship in July in Brookline, Mass. He has also won other big pro tournaments and, after a slow start, is one of the three best in the world. How obscure can you get?
GEORGE R. PENDLEY
?As obscure as the world's three best tennis players.—ED.