My congratulations to Tex Maule and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for the article By Any Other Name...(Sept. 2). It gives new hope for the Packers, and I am sure they will be the champs again. The photographs were just great.
ROBERT E. PAZIK
?Football expert Tex Maule has some other ideas (page 75).—ED.
BID AND ASKED
I read Mark Mulvoy's article about sore-armed pitchers (Sore Spots in a Big-arm Year, Aug. 26) with interest, but I have a question. What has management purchased for its $100,000? It would seem, the way Mr. Mulvoy expresses the sentiment, that management does not have the right to use that most valuable pitching arm to win ball games.
Surely, if that arm was only to be trained and coddled throughout the season, if it was not to be called on to exercise some of its authority (which had demanded such a high sum), a much lesser amount would have been offered in the first place.
A player must certainly have the right to decline such an offer and propose one of his own: that he be trained and brought along slowly, with proper precaution taken for his longevity, and that he be given a salary commensurate with his worth to the club under that arrangement.
However, the right also remains for a player to sell his unknown future for an amount sufficiently high to appeal to him now.
J. MITCHELL MCCURTAIN
There has been a continuous discussion at our house relative to the distribution of brains between baseball players and football players. The distaff side contends that baseball players have been blessed with an abundance of said commodity. I refute this, saying that without brains you could not play football; thus, the greater abundance dwells under football helmets.
Your cover picture of Ken Harrelson (Sept. 2), with his coveralls and dog tag, incontrovertibly makes me the winner.
Your readers can hardly be blamed if they mistake that issue of SI adorned by fashion plate Ken Harrelson for the Gentlemen's Quarterly. A mystery remains, however, when a man who owns 150 suits appears unable to afford a haircut.
E.J. (BUD) SMITH
I have been reading SI for about two years and I think it's a great magazine, but I was mad about the Ken Harrelson cover. It should have been an action photo. Remember, this is a sports magazine, not a fashion one.