AND STILL CHAMPION
Congratulations on your fine article, The Art of Ali (May 5), which shows the real art of boxing. The great photographs by Phillip Leonian catch the one and only Cassius Clay in what he does the best.
Muhammad Ali-Cassius Clay, or whatever you want to call him, is still the world champion. And until somebody beats him in the ring, no one can take away his crown.
The article on Muhammad Ali-Cassius Clay was most interesting to me as a former boxing instructor (for more than 20 years), and I readily agree that no prizefighter ever fought entirely by the book. Yes—Gene Tunney came close to doing so, as did the great James Corbett. It is also my opinion that Clay surpasses any man at present in the heavyweight division as a scientific boxer and packs a punch that is superior to Corbett's.
In the years when I had boxing gyms in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and two in San Bernardino, Calif., I saw many top fighters work out. I recall in my Columbus days all the Zivic boys, Jack, Fritz and Pete, the wonderful Harry Greb, Carl Tremaine, Jock Malone, Frankie Callahan, Bryan, Anthony and Joe Downey, Harry Forbes and many others. Your article was excellent and, along with the photos, I have to tell you that I truly enjoyed it.
There is one thing missing in your cover picture of Mr. Clay. He should be looking through bars.
BLISS IN BEANTOWN
Thank you for your article, Boston Roars Back (April 28). No city in the country has experienced such excitement sportswise as has Boston this year. This town is engulfed in an epidemic of sports fever. It has affected everyone, young and old alike. With the Celtics, Bruins and Sox, there hasn't been one dull moment in the past few months. We may not win everything, but no matter what happens, it's been a wonderful year.
Happiness is being a sports fan and living in Boston.
So Avery Brundage has recalled all Alpine Olympic medals because of professionalism (SCORECARD, May 5). What does Mr. Brundage propose to do about the summer Olympic track shoe "scandal"? Recall the Mexico Olympics?
Perhaps Mr. Brundage himself should be recalled and replaced by someone with a more realistic and honest attitude.
Glen Wild, N.Y.
It certainly was a pleasure to read about so many table tennis stars in one issue of SI (May 5). Most, of course, were mentioned by Dick Miles in his article, No Defense Against Murder, but Charles Goren kept the ball bouncing with his article about North American bridge team member Eddie Kantar (Two Lame Ducks in the Bowl). Did you know that Eddie was the Minnesota state champion and was ranked in the top 20 in the nation by the U.S. Table Tennis Association? Reading further, I came across the name of Sportscaster Buddy Blattner (The Top Three by a Long Shot). Buddy, of course, was the world doubles champion in the '30s.