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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
January 25, 1971
BOBBY (CONT.)Sirs:I must question one critic (19TH HOLE, Jan. 11) of your selection of Bobby Orr as the Sportsman of the Year. Martin J. Aronoff's contemporary cry of racism in hockey seems to have arisen from a blatant lack of knowledge of the nature of the game. The main prerequisite for any NHL hopeful is the ability to skate. Since very few black athletes play hockey or have the skating ability that is necessary, very few play in the pros. However, I would like to point out that the Boston Bruins' roster was integrated before that of the Boston Red Sox (i.e., Willie O'Ree was skating around in the Boston Garden before Pumpsie Green took his first at bat at Fenway Park).
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January 25, 1971

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Sirs:
Mulvoy's article won't be the last on the Rangers this year. This time they are not going to collapse on the way to the cup.
DAVID LUSKIN
Weston, Conn.

SPORT IN ART
Sirs:
I am an art enthusiast as well as a sports fan, so it has always been necessary for me to subscribe to two magazines in order to pursue both interests. But your masterful article of Jan. 11 (Games Children Play) has satisfied both themes. Alexander Eliot has given us an edifying glance into Bruegel's painting that is certainly worthy of publication in any art magazine. He has also given us new insights into athletics of 400 years ago. An excellent combination.
DENNIS LEFKOWITZ
Flushing, N.Y.

Sirs:
Alexander Eliot involved me so deeply in his magnificent interpretation of the Bruegel masterpiece Children's Games that he made me forget to watch all the television sports that afternoon.
DEL LEESON
Portland, Ore.

GAMESMAN
Sirs:
I would like to commend SI and Walter Bingham for a truly amazing article (The World's Greatest Gamesman, Jan. 11). Bingham's sincere admiration for a fellow addict of the trivial side of sport is quite refreshing, and his approach to Eddie Kantar's obsessions, and even his own, was very amusing. Obviously, Kantar, at 38, is an active and talented athlete who attacks life for all it can offer.
MARK R. SIGRIST
Williamsville, N.Y.

Sirs:
Until I read of Messrs. Bingham and Kantar, I thought I was the world's greatest gamesman. Thanks for the lesson in humility—and for one of the most interesting articles in my five years of enjoying SI.
HOWARD CLARK
Johnson City, Tenn.

NONCONFORMIST
Sirs:
Having just read (twice) Jerry Kirshenbaum's article on Stewart (Barefoot) McDonald (Top Hat, White Tie and Bare Toes, Jan. 4), I suggest you incorporate an IPS (Individual Personalities in Sport) department into your format. Articles on nonconformists in our rules-and-red-tape world will forever remain a delight to your readers who may sometimes become bored with the standard reports of events. Thanks for this one.
MIKE WISS
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sirs:
It's too bad we don't all have a touch of Barefoot McDonald's freewheeling approach to life. Congratulations for recognizing a man who is really living.
JERRY AMELING
Mildenhall, England

NOISE POLLUTION
Sirs:
Re your Jan. 4 SCORECARD item entitled "The Forests' Prime Evil," I am sure that the snowmobile and the motorcycle will be with us for some time, and while it is true that their noises may give a feeling of power to some, that noise is becoming extremely irritating to others.

The answer may lie in the development of silent-running snowmobiles and motorcycles with built-in tape decks on which tapes of standard noises could be played. The user could plug in his or her earpiece and speed off in outer silence while turning up the volume and roaring along in inner sonority to his heart's content.

I am sure that the experts could also synchronize the volume control with the throttle so that the rider could get that personal feeling of power. The good citizens would no longer become irritated at this noise pollution since there would be no noise, and city fathers could then turn their attention exclusively to the safety aspects of snowmobile and motorcycle operation within city limits.
DONALD E. YOUNG
Mayor
City of Spearfish
Spearfish, S. Dak.

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