Your March 27 cover photograph of Jack Nicklaus is another great one. A confident look from an athlete who knows he's the best in his field. Just for the record, on how many covers has Nicklaus appeared?
?Sixteen, starting with the Sept. 12, 1960 issue, when Jack was a 20-year-old amateur.—ED.
Now may we forget the myth that Tom Watson is the new master of golf?
Jack Nicklaus does what no other athlete can—the impossible.
I am totally unsympathetic to the moans and groans of the touring professional golfers about the toughness of the Sawgrass course (Off in a World of His Own, March 27). It gets rather boring watching these pros shoot 10, 12 and 13 under par week after week when the majority of the viewing weekend golfers are lucky to break 90 or 100. There should be some degree of difficulty when the pros are playing for all that prize money. No one said life was easy, so why should golf be?
I had the opportunity to play Sawgrass two years ago, when I had a 26 handicap (for 18 holes). I was quite content with my 47 on the back nine of that gorgeous course.
Thanks for a fine and revealing article on the Leon Spinks situation ("They Got Leon All Messed Up," March 27). In my opinion, the World Boxing Council is at fault here. To take away the heavyweight crown from a man who has held it for little more than a month is a grave injustice. Spinks symbolizes the American Dream. He came from the dregs of poverty to win the championship. It is my hope that the WBC has not ruined a fine young fighter's life by taking this rash action.
NOT ONLY A ROSE
With all due respect to Daniel Krueckeberg and his devotion to Pete Rose (SCORECARD, March 27), the Cincinnati Reds' star is not the only player to be named an All-Star at three different positions. Harmon Killebrew of the Washington Senators and the Minnesota Twins started the midsummer classic at third base (1959, 1970), in left field (1964) and at first base (1967, 1968).
I enjoyed Clive Gammon's story about Red Rum (England Is High on Red Rum, March 27). This is an interesting name for a racehorse. I recall a Dick Tracy villain, vintage 1940, whose name was Redrum, which spelled backward is....
J. GREELEY MCGOWIN II
?For more on England's Red Rum, see page 82.—ED.