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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
Edited by Gay Flood
December 13, 1976
BASKETBALL'S RANK AND FILESir:A college basketball fan living in Indianapolis surely feels at home after reading your Top 20 rankings (Nov. 29). Seven of the first 15 teams are within a five-hour drive of our fair city. Your only error lies in the fact that you failed to locate the No. 1 team one hour south of Indianapolis, in Bloomington, instead of five hours north, in Ann Arbor, Mich. ROBERT C. HOAGLAND Indianapolis
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December 13, 1976

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Inaccuracies relating to this regrettable incident (the first such in the 50-year history of Olympia) have created the impression that the parking lots controlled by Olympia Stadium are unsafe. I would appreciate anything you can do to correct the assumption that the parking lot where the incident occurred was operated by Olympia Stadium.
ART WHALEN
Assistant General Manager
Olympia Stadium
Detroit

BASEBALL'S WATERLOO?
Sir:
Thank you for your fine article on baseball's million-dollar sweepstakes (Cashing in Their Tickets, Nov. 22). You summed it all up when you said that the fans will be the first to pay. I for one will no longer pay exorbitant prices to see a few superstars become super rich.
DAVID DORN
Beaver Dam, Wis.

Sir:
My hat is off to Bob Howsam, Sparky Anderson and the rest of the Cincinnati Reds organization who refused to be drawn into the bidding for free agents. It is impossible to say the same about the New York Yankees.
DICK THATCHER
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Sir:
You list the New York Mets as a team that does not care if it signs any of the free agents. Maybe M. Donald Grant should start to care, before Met fans cease to care.
JEFF SHAPIRO
Bayonne, N.J.

Sir:
Baseball has gone from one extreme to the other in regard to players' freedom. If it is going to remain the nation's favorite pastime, it will have to find a middle ground that will suit the players, the owners and. most of all, the fans.
RICK ENTWISTLE
Sioux Falls, S.D.

ANOTHER VIEW OF SOUTH AFRICA
Sir:
While Peter Hawthorne did an admirable job describing the "progress" in sport in South Africa (A Few Cracks in the Racial Barrier, Nov. 22), what is desired is non-racial sport, not multiracial sport. Multiracial sport pits one race against another. Non-racial sport is anybody playing for any team.

But the greatest omission in the article is any mention of the much-hated Homeland and Bantustan scheme currently being carried out by the white South African government. This means that each of the nine major African tribes, some 18 million people, is slowly being disenfranchised through phony independence, of which the Transkei is the first example. This is like the U.S. Government telling members of each Indian tribe that they no longer are Americans, whether they like it or not. The end result of this South African policy, if it is allowed to continue, is that eventually there will be no black South Africans. How can South Africa field a mixed team if there are no black South Africans?
ARTHUR ASHE
Washington, D.C.

THE ADVANTAGES OF LLAMAS
Sir:
In the article about Richard and Kay Patterson's llama ranch (What a Llovely Beast Is a Llama, Nov. 22), you extolled the riches and virtues of Oregon and noted that llamas are ideally suited to the environment of Oregon. You failed, however, to point out another tremendous advantage that llamas have. Their long necks enable them to keep their heads above the water that normally stands over the whole State of Oregon nine months out of the year.
C. ANDREW NASBURG
Coos Bay, Ore.

NOMINATIONS (CONT.)
Sir:
In a time when overpaid, loudmouth, un-loyal athletes, coaches and owners have become ubiquitous, I think your Sportsman of the Year award should go to someone who is a credit to the world of sport and to all associated with it. I would consider it a great injustice if one of the following people did not win: the late Tom Yawkey, Dorothy Hamill, John Naber, Bruce Jenner, Walter Alston, Dave Cowens, George Foster.
DOUG LASETER
Jacksonville

Sir:
Bob Lurie. He kept the Giants in San Francisco with hard work and determination.
JOE VALIM
Novate, Calif

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