Robert F. Jones' story on the 1973 skeet world championship (Hottest Guns in the South, Aug. 13) was outstanding from beginning to end.
However, there was one error that needs correcting. The 762 birds that captured the 12-gauge championship this year was not a record. The record was established at the world championship at Kansas City in 1968 by Tom Heffron Jr., Groton, N.Y., and Allen Buntrock, San Diego, who powdered 800 clays in overtime for a record 1,050 straight. These All-Americas were declared co-champions. Heffron was a former member of the U.S. Air Force shooting team, Lackland AFB, and Buntrock, until his retirement in 1970, had been the leading member of the All-Navy skeet team for many years.
Jones must be a shooter as well as reporter—he captured the flavor of Savannah right down to the 95% humidity.
M. L. TALBOTT
Commander, U.S. Navy
APPLES AND ORANGES
I had quite a shock when I read Joe Marshall's article about George Reed (Running at a Record Pace, Aug. 13). When an NFL reject is compared as a running back to Jim Brown, I think this is going too far. It is true that Reed has really excelled in the CFL and he must be a great athlete to set such records, but the record of Jim Brown in the tougher competition of the NFL speaks for itself.
Come on now, fellows, comparing Jim Brown with a great CFL runner is a little out of bounds. Let's put things in their proper perspective. Like the width of the Canadian football field!
Jack Nicklaus may be the greatest ever. He has been the leader of his sport for a decade and has set the standard against which all others are measured.
Even though he is perhaps the most interviewed and most pressured athlete of our times, he has always met victory with humility and defeat with grace. His talent, his manner and his solid family life make him a remarkable man.
In my opinion, Henry Aaron is the man.
I am an opinionated individual who has several nominations for Sportsman of the Year: Jackie Stewart, who set a new record for Grand Prix victories; Henry Aaron, who will set the home run record this year; Yvan Cournoyer, who was brilliant in the NHL playoffs; and Bobby Riggs, the old guy with the racket.