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August 27, 1973
MINISirs:I read with sadness and outrage the statement made by the father of the young mini-cycle racing competitor: "Well, as the old saying goes, it isn't really cheating unless you get caught, now is it (Down Will Come Baby, Cycle and All, Aug. 13)?" That's just beautiful, really beautiful! There is a group of men in Washington, D.C. who probably justified their actions of about a year ago with the same old saying.
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August 27, 1973

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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It is also interesting to note that Potgieter's record stood for over 10 years, until broken by Ralph Mann in 1970.

This charter subscriber finds it gratifying that SI occasionally finds space for an article on the world's No. 1 sport (Learning the Game by Rote, Aug. 6). Soccer is very much alive and kicking in the U.S.

Our own Rochester Lancers are from the smallest city in the NASL but should survive due to the extensive youth programs here—if they, like the others, put more Americans on the field.

Every public high school in this city and county fields a soccer team; the summer junior league has grown to two divisions, the amateurs to three, and most of our towns have a summer program for boys and girls.

We of the Chili Soccer Association are proud that the Little Guy soccer program, which began in our small suburb in 1970, has grown to about 150 teams in the county this year. Chili, with a population of about 20,000, is completing its fourth season with more than 600 soccer players from 6 to 15, plus two junior and two amateur teams and four girls' teams.

If the NASL can just keep going, programs such as ours will provide the future stars. As predicted earlier this year in SI by Clive Toye, the future Pel� is playing now in this country—maybe right now here in western New York.
Rochester, N.Y.

I read Gwilym Brown's soccer article on Kyle Rote Jr. with great interest but also with a keen sense of frustration. Having also played in college ( University of North Carolina) and graduated at the same time as he, I'm sure I share many of his feelings and hopes for the success of American soccer. I only wish I could share in his present opportunity to advance the game here.

Though I was an All-South selection in college and am presently playing for an amateur club, I have never been made aware of further professional possibilities. I mention this fact because there is much American-bred talent that is going to waste, not only from my standpoint but also that of many others. There are no clearly defined avenues to pursue leading into the pro ranks. If there were I'm sure you would see many more capable American players "learning the game by Rote."
Basking Ridge, N.J.

I have tried to watch with equanimity your obsession with certain teams of the NL East Division, specifically the Cubs and the Pirates. It was with satisfaction that I read the article on the "scrappy" Cardinals (Cashing in Those Intangibles, Aug. 6) after weeks of articles on the "awesome" Pirates and the "balanced" Cubs. It was with even greater satisfaction that I noted that through Friday, Aug. 10, the run-poor Cardinals had scored 471 runs while the awesome Pirates had pounded out a devastating 475 runs. With their traditionally underwhelming pitching staff (which is running true to form this year), the Pirates could hardly be considered real threats to the division title hopes of the Cards, the Cubs having politely removed themselves from the race (also true to form).

As I was watching Wilbur Wood winning his 20th game against the Minnesota Twins, I wondered if any modern major league pitcher has ever won 20 or more games and lost 20 or more games in the same season. I cannot find any evidence supporting this, but if it has not happened before, I believe Wilbur has an excellent shot at it.

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