Funny, when Villanova imported runners from Ireland, it was considered quaint; import a few Kenyans and it's a threat to the Republic.
Congratulations to Ron Reid on an excellent article about the NCAA track and field meet. Why should we allow universities such as UTEP to have aliens compete for them? After all, the "N" in NCAA stands for "national," as in one nation, not many nations. So why aren't further restrictions placed on the foreigners competing in collegiate track and field? They use our facilities and continue to improve, and then they return home to take away medals from Uncle Sam in the Olympics as a result of this improvement. Any university that has to resort to this tactic has got to be hurting.
UCLA Track Coach Jim Bush is mighty upset about UTEP's successful use of alien athletes, but he is neglecting the practices of his own school. UTEP's use of non-U.S. citizens is no more repugnant than a college handing out scholarships to U.S. athletes who live as far away as 3,000 miles, as UCLA has done in basketball in recruiting the likes of Lew Alcindor ( New York City), Andre McCarter ( Philadelphia), Pete Trgovich ( East Chicago, Ind.) and Richard Washington ( Portland, Ore.).
If "win at any cost" is the objective of schools like UCLA and UTEP, why let foreign boundaries become a barrier?
MICHAEL D. HOLLIDAY
South Pasadena, Calif.
Ron Reid's article on the NCAA outdoor track meet has to be the most biased ever printed in your magazine. If he had done a little research, he might have recalled that when UCLA Coach Jim Bush won his first national championship, he had a rather large foreign contingent scoring points for him.
We in El Paso are all very proud of Coach Ted Banks and Assistant Coach John We-del and the fine job they have done in putting together "the best track team" in America—and, believe me, that's what it is. Certainly, we have many fine foreign athletes who are attending our university and we are proud that they have chosen to get their education here. El Paso takes great pride in being an international city, both in spirit and in fact. We do not give out awards for chauvinism in any form.
MAXINE V. NEILL
What a delightful story on Jim Kaat (Jim's Jolly Rejuvenation, June 9). I remember him as one of the better American League pitchers when he was 21 and I was a 9-year-old in the Bronx. It was with nostalgic pleasure that I read of his 21 victories last season. In these days of the designated hitter it is not as hard for an outfielder to prolong his career, but for a pitcher it is a tremendous achievement. Congratulations, Jim Kaat, may you pitch until you have won 300 games.
PRESENTS FROM THE METS
Your article on Nolan Ryan (Bringer of the Big Heat, June 16) made mc realize that in the past few years the New York Mets have traded away many potential stars who later turned into top-name players for other teams. One is Ryan, who was traded with three others for Jim Fregosi, now playing only part time for Billy Martin's Rangers. Another is Amos Otis, star outfielder for the Royals. He not only carries a hot bat, he has speed and a fine glove. In the National League, Buzz Capra, picked up from the Mets for an estimated $35,000, emerged as a 16-game winner for the Braves. And consider the Rusty Staub deal, which sent Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen and Tim Foli, all promising young players, to the Expos. This year the Mets traded Tug McGraw and Don Hahn to the Phils.
Lately it seems that everyone is complaining about the "excessive" length of the seasons in major professional sports. I can only ask how they can be too long if you are a sports fan. To me the seasons of football, baseball, hockey, basketball, etc. are, if anything, over too quickly. If I am enjoying a good book, I don't complain about its being too long; if I am having a particularly good day, I don't complain about its being too long. Can you really get too much of a good thing?