Another thing the fans want is an ABA-NBA championship. The Milwaukee Bucks are not world champs until they play the Utah Stars.
I was surprised on reading Ron Fimrite's article on college baseball (A Dropout with a Big Future, May 31). Burt Hooton is the best collegiate pitcher in the nation. I have seen him several times and he is as good as, if not better than, they say. But when paying tribute to such a deserving ballplayer it was uncalled for to drag Pan American University's baseball team through the mud.
Pan American has played tremendous ball all year long, especially against Texas. It was also unnecessary to call Coach Al Ogle-tree a minor league dropout. Many people are very lucky that Ogletree took this route. He not only has developed baseball at Pan American but in the region as well. He has done a tremendous job wherever he has been, and he has the statistics to prove it. If Texas is as good as you say, then it should have beaten Pan American, even without Hooton.
FIDENCIO GUERRA JR.
I read with interest the article by Ron Fimrite. He mentions that basketball at Pan American University is not much. Yet the university has three players in the pro ranks right now, namely, Luke Jackson, Otto Moore and Fred Taylor. The school won a national basketball title in 1963 and was runner-up in 1964. Basketball Coach Sam Williams has won over 200 ball games.
Pan American University also won national tennis titles in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.
What was the purpose of Ron Fimrite's categorizing of PAU and Texas players? Is there any connection between being black, Latin, a junior-college graduate or a South Texan and being able to play baseball?
Also, about Fimrite's slur against the basketball teams of Pan American University, PAU claims to have sent more basketball players to the pros than any other university in Texas.
CAROLYN H. MENGES
If Burt Hooton wants to gain notoriety, why doesn't he call himself Who-Hoo? Then Who-Hoo Hooton could battle Woo-Woo Worster for the Most Popular Athlete in Te-Te-Texas award.
Grand Junction, Colo.
BIG-GAME HUNTER (CONT.)
In his letter that you published in the May 24 issue of SI, Mr. C.J. McElroy wrote: "I hope that a magazine will have the guts to print the true story of what it takes to be a great trophy hunter." If he's looking for more praise, I don't have it for him. But I think I have the true story.
I agree that it takes a lot of work, time and money to be a great trophy hunter. But more important to continued success is a callous disregard for the life of the one most magnificent male in each herd of every species so that the trophy hunter can, with complete detachment, kill the selected animal for no more reason than self-aggrandizement. Surely, there can be no glory in reducing the one most majestic, the one most powerful, the one most magnificent animal one can find to a lifeless carcass that is left as carrion while the hunter carries off the horns.