I was very disappointed not to see the picture of Bill Tipton of Pontiac (Mich.) Central High School in your selections. After all, he is the finest high school hurdler in the nation. Bill not only won the 120-yard high hurdles and the 180-yard lows on a curve in record time but was also on one of the winning relay teams and won the Governor's Trophy for The Most Outstanding Athlete at the national high school meet in California. Bill also has equaled Richmond Flowers' national high school record in the 120-yard highs.
MARVIN G. CASWELL
Your array of high school track stars was indeed impressive, yet one young man was conspicuously absent. I refer to Bill (Peanut) Gaines of Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J. On May 20, Bill broke Jesse Owens' national high school 100-yard-dash record. Running in his conference meet, Bill was clocked at 9.3 seconds, thus bettering Owens' 34-year-old 9.4 mark. As if that were not enough, two weeks later he repeated the feat, establishing himself as one of the "brightest faces of the future" indeed!
MICHAEL R. KELTING
SOMEBODY LOVES THEM
The first part of the Jocko Conlan series (Nobody Loves an Umpire, June 26) was most enjoyable. However, I should like to mention a few instances to show that this feeling is not universal.
Robert Burnes, executive sports editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, often goes out of his way to praise umpires. He is especially appreciative when he sees them hustling. In a San Diego paper in April or May of 1945 appeared this incredible sentence: " Managers Pepper Martin [ San Diego] and Bill Sweeney [ Los Angeles] praised the umpiring in the recent series."
Possibly it is unfair to write thus of two men who are deceased. They will not be able to say that they were misquoted.
CHARLES M. BURTON
Kansas City, Mo.
I would like to commend Bill Russell and Tex Maule (I Am Not Worried About Ali, June 19). This article should be read by everyone in the country—if they could read it with an open mind. There is great open-mindedness here and not the quick condemning attitude that is so often displayed against a minority.
The man's sincerity toward his religious beliefs cannot be denied. Look at what he's already given up—and there is more to come. I think he's a fine example of a man for standing on his beliefs when a whole country is against him. He is criticized so much for not defending his country, a country that gave him so much—a country that gave the Negro so much it forgot to give him equal rights. When he gets his equal rights, then maybe we can expect from him what we would expect from people like me, who can eat anywhere, sleep anywhere and find a job anywhere. But I happen to be white. Until then, let's all of us who are quick to condemn and criticize get up and look in the mirror and say, "I am fair." How many of us can do it?
AL TAMBERELLI JR.
Muhammad Ali is a sensitive man of high principles; indeed, he has those same traits of purpose, dignity and conviction so commendable in whites that are intolerable to white America if possessed by Negroes.
BOB VAN COURT
NCAA VS. AAU (CONT.)
Right you are! When the International Amateur Basketball Association failed to renew the privileges of arranging international competition it had previously granted the U.S. Basketball Federation, the AAU was the winner (SCORECARD, June 19). But basketball was the loser.
The fans at the World Amateur Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay (where the IABA met) wanted to know where the good U.S. basketball players, about whom they had read, were. They repeatedly asked, "Why weren't they on the team representing the U.S.?" The answer is obvious. The team representing the U.S. was selected by the AAU.