Hayes, who raced for the Irish-American Athletic Club of New York City, coached the Pioneer Athletic Club of Union Hill, N.J. in 1919, and I was a member of that track team.
West Hartford, Conn.
I was disappointed to read in SCORECARD (May 24) of yet another international sports event—the Soviet Junior National Basketball Team vs. the California High School All-Americans—being marred by politics. It is obvious that many countries, the U.S. and Russia included, have come to the belief that the outcome of international sporting events defines the superiority of one political system over another. It is clear that it no longer matters to some judges and referees how well the athletes perform. Their only concern is which country the athletes represent and their political ideals.
If it isn't too late to restore some dignity to international sports, politics should be driven out of the arenas and back into the smoke-filled rooms where it belongs.
PETER R. STEINBLUMS
San Mateo, Calif.
I can never understand why we bother to compete against the Russians at all when objective officiating is required. Sports competition with obvious political bias is not true sports competition at all, and, as usual, the athlete suffers the most. I say either clean up the officiating or put an end to dual athletic meets with the Soviet Union.
I would like to congratulate J.D. Reed for his fine article on Reggie Leach (In the Rocket's Red Clare, May 17). For the first time in a long time a writer talked about the talent the Flyers have on their club and not their hard-hitting, aggressive style of play.
I think Reggie Leach is one of the best (perhaps even the best) right wingers in the NHL today. However, I do not understand how he can say of his years with the Boston Bruins, "I know I was better than at least one of their right wings." If memory serves, those right wings were Johnny McKenzie, Ed Westphal and Ken Hodge. Reg, don't let success go to your head.
I thoroughly enjoyed Slumbering Sharks (May 24) by Stanley Meltzoff. At first glance, before reading the text, I thought the paintings were photographs. After closer examination, I realized how Meltzoff had transformed awesome reality into works of art.
R. JAMES SCHILLAT
King of Prussia, Pa.
What a fantastic article with unbelievable paintings. It reads like an underwater travelogue.
Re They Ain't What They Used To Be (May 10), when was the last time Michael Baughman went steelhead fishing in Idaho? Not for a while, no doubt. Steelhead have declined so much here that we have had no season. It seems to me that without the hatchery fish, we in Idaho will have as much luck catching steelhead as Baughman would have hunting trophy unicorn.
Has he ever thought that just maybe the hatchery fish might produce enough native fish that someday we will not need to raise "slugs"?