Is there any question? Joe Namath!
STUART H. HARRIS
I would like to nominate Ernie Banks. Even while the Cubs were beginning to slump, he kept his faith, along with his humor, and fought until the end.
I was pleased to see SI take a stand against the deliberate and excessive violence encouraged and condoned in professional hockey (SCORECARD, Oct. 13). Certainly the recent injury to Ted Green was senseless and absurd under the circumstances.
But the sport by its nature is violent, and the death of a Minnesota player two years ago and Green's own account of a previous fight point up the necessity of requiring that appropriate helmets be worn by all players. The argument frequently given that it will ruin the fan's image of hockey as a virile sport is nonsense in the light of the fact that pro football players are padded from head to foot with no loss of respect.
As in the cases of pep pills in athletics and the grizzly-bear problem, I think it is SI's duty to crusade for mandatory use of helmets by all professional hockey players—now, before more serious head injuries occur.
La Jolla, Calif.
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
Tell Lewis M. Joseph of Jacksonville (19TH HOLE, Oct. 20) that he is all wet. The saying really went, "Spahn and Sain and two days of rain."