Monzon the Magnificent would have been Monzon the Mummified had he been around during the Golden Age of middleweights. There is no doubt that Zale, Graziano, Sugar Ray and La Motta would have put him away. Hammerin' Henry Armstrong, too. Fortunately for Carlos, the only stars he saw at that time were the paper ones he was making in kindergarten.
EMIL J. SMITH
While I agree that Carlos Monzon is one of the greatest fighters of all time, he hasn't won 83 fights in a row as you say on the cover of the Aug. 8 issue. He has had 74 victories and nine draws, and considering that the majority of his draws occurred in his native Argentina, it's likely that he really lost a few of those fights (the first Bennie Briscoe bout in 1967 in particular).
NO. 9 WAS FINE
The day I received my copy of SI containing Glenn Braverman's letter pointing out that the day he received his copy of SI with Ted Williams on the cover, Carl Yastrzemski passed Williams on the all-time Red Sox hit list, our house guests from Stamford, Conn. arrived for the weekend.
Neither the arrival of house guests from Stamford nor the number of hits that Carl Yastrzemski has has any bearing on the fact that Ted Williams is one of the best hitters, if not the best, to have played professional baseball.
If Mr. Braverman is implying that Carl Yastrzemski is a better hitter than Ted Williams, then Mr. Braverman is either very young, myopic, uninformed or two or more of the preceding.
KENNETH D. ANDERSON
Ben Wright's article A New Reign in Spain (Aug. 8) was indeed refreshing. One hopes these youngsters and their "grandfather" (Gallardo) will frequent the American tour more often.
But I venture to say that the "rocking and blocking" swing of Jack Nicklaus will continue to dominate the world's golfing scene for many years to come.
Your next to last paragraph (SCORECARD, Aug. 8)..."the sun set prettily over the Pacific, out beyond the first turn." The first turn, or clubhouse turn, is on the east end of the track (racing counterclockwise). The far turn, the final turn before hitting the stretch is on the west end of Del Mar. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, doesn't it? The story was cute, but your orientation is off by 180�.
In your issue of Aug. 8 (SCORECARD) there was mention of Audrey Scruggs, the pitcher in the Braves system who throws left-handed and right-handed.
I have tried to imagine for a long time what would happen if he were to face a switch-hitter! Boggles the mind.