Why is it that SI annually characterizes baseball league leaders as loose, happy, etc.? As a stalwart Buc fan for 23 years, I take exception to your aggregating my team in that group of euphoric winners! The Bucs have pirated their way to the top via deft fielding, copious hitting and various other parameters of performance.
ROBERT A. DITTLER
Silver Spring, Md.
It sounded like a reprint of your 1966 articles on the Pirates' rising hopes, only then it was the Black Max and the green weenie. They didn't win then; they won't win now. Only the names have been changed.
H. W. RAUTENBERG
OVER THE WALL
Your readers might be interested to know that Malcolm Braly, ex-convict and current author (Prison Games and Other Escapes, Aug. 10), has pulled off a hat trick of his own. In addition to the two novels about prison life which Malcolm has sold to the movies, he's just closed a deal with Spillane-Fellows Productions for his nonprison novel Shake Him Till He Rattles. And it isn't about sports, either, in case anyone thinks it might refer to a quarterback vs. the Rams' Front Four. Shake Him is a perceptive look at young people on their own, and we hope to be shooting it in San Francisco and Los Angeles this winter.
Spillane-Fellows Productions, Inc.
Universal City, Calif.
Malcolm Braly,s article on prison sports should remind us of that marvelous quality of sport which permeates all of life's strata—its ability to create in man something deeply individualistic, even while walled off from society. Let's hope that articles such as this can bring to the public's attention the fact that our prisons do hold a sizable segment of our population—men who deserve a second chance.
It was a brilliant piece of writing—tight, razor-sharp and wise.
Was Dave Hill the winner of the Westchester Classic? According to Mark Mulvoy (Plain Words at Westchester, Aug. 10), Bruce Crampton lost the limelight. Where is the credit for a truly competitive as well as consistent golfer such as Crampton? After all, he did win $50,000, didn't he?
I'm for Dave Hill all the way. Whatever he has to say about golf or golf courses, I'm sure he means it. I don't even blame him for saying it. He must have something those other guys haven't got. A guy who can shoot a 63 in smog and pollution can't be all bad. Thanks for the article, Mark.
Week after week we hear about controversial people such as golfer Dave Hill and his remarks about the U.S. Open course or Jim Bouton and his book about the outside activities of his fellow teammates. Enough of this controversy—write about the average sports figure. For example, why not do a story on Ralph Houk? He is as straight as anyone alive, and to prove it he is leading the Yankees straight to the doghouse. Houk's story might appropriately be titled Major Houk, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Lose Efficiently.
One can hardly blame Florida Quarterback John Reaves for wondering exactly what a sophomore quarterback must do in the Southeastern Conference in order to gain a little attention (SCORECARD, Aug. 10). Last year Reaves not only led the nation in passing, he broke records that had stood for as long as 20 years, such as Frankie Sinkwich's SEC record for total offense in a season and Babe Parilli's mark for touchdown passes in a season. More important, he took a team that had been given little hope to a record of 9-1-1, including a Gator Bowl victory over the conference champions, Tennessee.
JAMES C. LAMPLEY
Chapel Hill, N.C.
In response to Reaves' comment that Curt Watson of Tennessee couldn't carry Florida Running Back Tommy Durrance's chin strap, I can assure you that someone will have to carry it after Florida meets the Volunteers in Knoxville on Oct. 24. After watching Watson for three seasons I have no doubt that he will be All-SEC and, most likely, an All-America pick.