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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
October 23, 1972
COVERAGE Sirs:As a native of Beaver County, Pa., I am always glad to see hometown figures receive national recognition such as your Oct. 9 cover story on Joe Namath. But it is thoroughly disappointing when an event that completely eclipses Joe's is put somewhere in the inner pages.
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October 23, 1972

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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After sifting through the verbiage slung by Mr. Kram, I wonder who the heck won that fight, anyway? Was it fight or debate? Fists or forensics?

I need not a description of pathos in the ring. I face it everyday on the highways and on the job—not to mention Monday night football telecasts!

Why can't we just have the facts!? Please.
ROB A. DITTLER
Silver Spring, Md.

Sirs:
Thanks to Mark Kram for his Shubert Ali.

Floyd Patterson in my opinion is a splendid boxer. He is able to beat Oscar Bonavena and last seven rounds with Ali at the age of 37.

As for Muhammad Ali, he is nothing less than fantastic. After his great showing against Patterson and his superb performance against Jerry Quarry, I am most certain he can whip Joe Frazier. I feel if Ali trains hard enough he can dispose of Frazier and regain the heavyweight crown.
DAVID TOLL
Scarsdale, N.Y.

NO PICNIC
Sirs:
I'm sure I speak for thousands of my fellow 16-inch softball players when I applaud your recent coverage of our game (Fast, Slow, Kerplunk, Sept. 25).

Slow pitch, 16-inch softball is anything but the intraoffice, picnic, beer-soaked fiascos many sports fans unfortunately identify with our game. Our sport, on the good park league or industrial level, in Chicago and elsewhere, is a skilled athletic contest played by athletes who are often more dedicated than the professional sports brethren.

It's time that our game and our athletes got some national recognition, and I commend SI for granting it.
WILLIAM E. CARSLEY
Chicago

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