I was embarrassed. I felt as though I were watching a man beat up a woman and was unable to do anything about it.
RICHARD K. BOYD
Can you conceive of a young Bobby Riggs telling his father of his burning ambition to be the ladies' singles champion of the world at age 55? It may be one-sided logic, but after all, if you knock out the heavyweight champion of the world, you inherit the title until somebody else wins it. Margaret Court won her titles before she was 30. It took Riggs 55 years. What is he trying to prove? And to think people paid to see it.
JOHN J. SAUNDERS
The Margaret Court-Bobby Riggs tennis match proved a lot of things. Among them, that Bobby Riggs is a very good tennis player and Ms. Court is a beautiful lady with a lot of guts who had a bad day.
MICHAEL M. TORBERT
Considering St. Louis' horrendous early going, some kind of SI coverage was mandatory (It's Enough to Make a Man See Red, May 14). Overlooked or unmentioned in your article, however, was the fact that the St. Louis organization has traded away a championship team. Aside from Steve Carlton, the Cardinals have dealt away Richie Allen, Bobby Tolan, Jerry Reuss, Jose Cardenal, Cookie Rojas, Vic Davalillo and others, not to mention Curt Flood. By now even Gussie Busch must be crying in his beer.
After constant exposure here in the Bay Area to doomsday predictions for "The Year of the Young Giants," I welcomed your recent article lauding San Francisco as a good young contender in the National League West. Now, hopefully, a hint of negative prognostication will also bring about "The Year of the Young Cardinals" in the National League East. Although many places on the St. Louis roster are held by unknown players, the Torres, Brocks and Gibsons, who remain, always seem to have a settling effect. It is only May now, and the real marbles come up for grabs in October. Look for the young Cardinals to be near the top. If they don't cop it all this year, watch out next year. Remember what happened in 1964.
J. L. PETRICK
Thank you for the article on the St. Louis Cardinals. It even made the San Diego Padres look good!
SPEED AND TEAMWORK
Congratulations are in order to Photographer James Drake for being the only person to have captured Roadrunner Yvan Cournoyer this season (Putting a Swifty Past Chicago, May 14). Cournoyer is a deserving winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy and is now, more than ever, the most exciting and colorful player in professional hockey.
JAY A. BLOSTEIN
Mark Mulvoy was right in his article on the Stanley Cup finals to emphasize the speed and fast pace of hockey and not the brutality aspect. Fists don't score goals, but speed and teamwork do.
I am completely disgusted. How could you do such an injustice to the New England Whalers and the people of New England? When the Boston Bruins were eliminated by the New York Rangers, you gave that series an appropriate two-page article. Fine. Give credit where it is due. Then the Celtics were shot down by the Knicks, and a four-page article followed. O.K. The people of New England still had a chance for a championship and on Sunday, May 6, we got it.
After the Whalers' decisive triumph over the Winnipeg Jets, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the May 14 issue, envisioning a well-written article of at least one page and maybe a picture of Larry Pleau scoring his clutch hat trick in the last game or even a shot of Teddy Green joyously drinking champagne out of the cup. What did New England get? A measly 27 lines in FOR THE RECORD and one tiny sentence in the article about the Canadiens and the Black Hawks.