Congratulations! The article by and about Happy Chandler was very informative at all levels. It sounds like Mr. Chandler has no respect for the do-nothing czars before and after his reign.
Chandler did help the underpaid umpires of that era, and he tried to protect all aspects of baseball.
Your article Hot Pants? Right Next to the Hockey Sticks (April 26) gives evidence that the women's liberation movement is quickly invading the previously masculine sports world. It also proves to all girl watchers that any woman looks sexier in sports shorts than Wilt Chamberlain, Jim Ryun or any other male participant, except maybe for Pete Maravich of the Atlanta Hawks. (Pistol has to be tops in something, especially after losing the NBA Rookie of the Year award to two no-names.) Anyway, your article was very informative and enjoyable, even in its brief form.
STEPHEN J. KOCHIS
I must take exception to the statement in Virginia Kraft's article On the Horns of a Dilemma (April 26) that taxidermist-guide Gary Swanson's hunting clients, being respected members of their communities, would normally no more consider cheating in sport than they would in their business and professional lives.
I suggest that sports activities reflect the true character of a man, especially in this case where the men involved obviously felt that no one would be the wiser. My advice to people who do business with the likes of Swanson's "respected members of their communities" is beware!
IVAN P. COLBURN
Newport Beach, Calif.
I believe I have a solution to the problem of big-game-hunter creditability that should also serve to curtail the current murders of the best and biggest specimens of threatened species. Simply add a 27th species to the list of American big game, namely, the big-game hunter himself. These sports could then hunt one another.
The hunters' names could be added to a list of trophies according to one of two criteria: 1) the number of the big-game animals they have killed; or 2) the number of times they have been found guilty of poaching threatened species. Just to keep it interesting, the successful hunter could be credited with all of his victim's big kills.
The prestige of being able to point to the stuffed and mounted head of a rival hanging over the fireplace ought to more than make up for any small inconveniences entailed in the implementation of my suggestion.
PUBLIC LAND LODE
First, I would like to thank you for your continuing support in the fight to preserve our environment. I was especially impressed with your latest contribution (When a Law Fights a Law, April 26).
The problem of allowing mining interests to exploit our public lands is also prevalent in California. A friend of mine, who is a ranger in the Emigrant Basin Primitive Area (north of Yosemite National Park), has told me that many of the mining claims on which cabins are located are used more for summer recreation than actual mining purposes. In the John Muir Wilderness Area, where I am a wilderness ranger during the summer, roads are built in a few areas to provide access to mining claims.