After three innings of such play the umpires still had not called the travesty. Then the clouds blew over, and a good ball game ensued. The Huskies won that game and ultimately the conference championship.
In the annals of baseball there must have been similar situations, but I have never heard of them.
ARTHUR L. (GABBY) HARNETT
State College, Pa.
Yesterday up at the 5th Street Gym I met the "new" Sugar Ray, and my thoughts went to the piece Pat Putnam did about young Leonard (The Day the Gold Turned Green, Feb. 14). The true test of this young man is not, nor will it be, in the ring but in his soul—how he reacts to all the publicity and how much of his fate he can control, if any. I wish him well.
Back in 1964 I boxed for Angelo Dundee, too, but unfortunately two years later I got drafted and went into the Army. They made me a medic, a combat medic. I did a tour and a half in Viet Nam and came back with scrap iron in my leg and something worse in my soul. But this is another story. I had a few more fights, trained some, fought in Africa, made a little money. In all of my 43 fights put together I didn't make anything close to what Sugar Ray made in his first, but I had a good time and still am in the business: I box and work with the PAL kids down here.
The Leonard piece was very good. Keep up the good work.
DON T. LUTZ
Kent Hannon's article on Bubbles Hawkins (Nets Sink, Bubbles Rises, March 7) left out an interesting fact. Bubbles' teacher was Coach Will Robinson of Detroit Pershing High School and Illinois State University. Bubbles joins a list of great athletes trained by Coach Robinson, including Spencer Haywood, Ralph Simpson. Mel Daniels and baseball's Ted Sizemore. Robinson also was the coach at Illinois State when Doug Collins and Bubbles scored their 57 and 58 points.
Will Robinson is not only a great coach but also an outstanding gentleman who deserves the recognition.
RICHARD A. BARTON