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Edited by Gay Flood
June 26, 1978
SIZING UP THE BIG ESir: Elvin Hayes has attracted more criticism for his play in crucial games than any athlete needs to take. Curry Kirkpatrick joined in by calling the Big E a choke (Whatever Happens, It'll Be Washington, June 5, and Down to One Last Collision, June 12). Hayes is now a world champion. Need more be said?MARK CRICHTONGarrett Park, Md.
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June 26, 1978

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I saw the Norton-Holmes fight on ABC-TV, and I think Ken Norton served as a perfect example of a true sportsman. In spite of all the prefight verbal warfare between the two and with the decision going to his opponent, Norton worked his way through the mob to offer his hand to Holmes. Also in a postfight interview he made no excuses, but, rather, said, "More power to Larry." Ken Norton for Sportsman of the Year.

The real and imaginary baseball batteries offered in SCORECARD (May 22) and 19TH HOLE (June 12) reminded me of the Capital University ( Columbus, Ohio) baseball team of the early '20s. Our dad claimed that three of his classmates ('22) formed the double-play combination. I don't recall who played which position, but their names were: P. Julius Sinner, Herman Damm and Rudolph Helle.

You may consider this combination of names some kind of hoax, but I can attest to the academic prowess of the three men. They all graduated in 1925 from Capital's Lutheran Theological Seminary.
Golden Valley, Minn.

?According to the Reverend Mr. Sinner, the double-play combination was imaginary and first appeared in the joke column of The Spectator, a Capital University student publication. As Sinner recalls, he was the only baseball player—first baseman on his class team—while Damm and Helle played football (left end and center on their senior class team). Sinner's varsity sport was tennis.—ED.

In the otherwise perceptive first part of Robert F. Jones' article The Game Goes On (May 22 and 29) there is a misleading omission. While the Masai Mara Reserve, the "pearl of Kenya's tourist circuit," undoubtedly does get special protection among Kenyan game areas, much of its game is protected most of the year by neighboring Tanzania. These animals are part of the well-known migratory herds of the Serengeti Plains, and visit the Masai during the dry season. For most of the year Tanzania, with a trickle of tourist income compared to Kenya's but a far more effective game conservation program, husbands these herds. Those concerned with the widely reported "end of the game" in Kenya should consider the case of Tanzania, where, in the Serengeti and elsewhere, wild animal populations have been stable or increasing over the past 10 years.
Serengeti Research Institute
Seronera, Tanzania

The article The Game Goes On is a superior piece of artistry, and I shall share it with others who may have missed it and who would appreciate such composition.

Robert F. Jones writes with wistfulness, yet he leaves his reader encouraged about the perseverance of God's animal creations. Aside from Hemingway, whose writing obviously was quite different, I know of no other contemporary writer, who is also a hunter, who creates such beauty with words. I felt almost as if I were making the African journey with Jones, sharing his warm appreciation of the beauty of nature.
San Antonio

It is indeed a pleasure for those of us deeply concerned about the future of big-game hunting, not only in Africa but also throughout the world, to see it written as it really is. We compliment you on your editorial courage in an era of antihunting emotionalism.
Safari Club International
Englewood, Colo.

The report on the Human-Powered Speed Championships (All Power to the People—or, in This Case, from Them, May 22) gave an excellent portrayal of the excitement of an unusual event that each year shows man moving faster under his own power.

However, the report omitted mention of new race events that were perhaps more significant and equally exciting. These were the long-distance races: a one-hour race one day, and a 30-km. race with a Le Mans start the next. Both races featured speeds of about 30 mph, with maneuvering around turns in strong, gusty winds. They introduced thinking about practical pedaled vehicles that in time might alter some transportation trends in the U.S. The winning vehicles were not ones that were tops in the 200-meter dash, but instead were the medium-fast machines that combined some rider comfort with the ability to cope with tricky crosswinds. Their road stability was just borderline. Bryan Allen, in the Bill Watson Streamliner, won the one-hour race by covering 29.4 miles, but in the 30-km. race, while comfortably in the lead, he flipped in the wind one kilometer from the finish and came in second to Kurt Miller in Sandra Martin's Bike World Special. The long-distance races will be emphasized more next year.

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