GIVING BOXING A JOLT
I'm glad you're finally telling your readers what two-bit, money-grubbing, unprofessional clowns the WBC and WBA really are (Special Report: Time to Clean Up Boxing Again, March 16 et seq.). But showing how these organizations work isn't automatically going to improve boxing. That won't happen until a completely new system of administering boxing replaces the current one. It should require boxers to systematically fight their way to the top and, when they reach the pinnacle, to box the fighters directly behind them. Then we would no longer have to witness mismatches in championship bouts, and deserving fighters would no longer have to watch from the ringside seats, � la Thomas Hearns.
If other pro sports operated the way boxing does, the Phillies, for example, might sit out the 1981 baseball season until the World Series rolls around and then, after, say, the Yankees or Royals win the right to contend for the championship, decide to play the Detroit Tigers instead.
The old boxing saying "Kill the body and the head will die" doesn't hold true in this case. It seems the "head" is dead already.
VINCENT J. CALGER
Time to clean up boxing again? When, pray tell, was it cleaned up before? Not in my lifetime, and I'm 73.
Pat Putnam's story on the WBC and WBA was dyn-o-mite. Keep up the fight, and maybe we'll have a sport that's truly boxing.
FRANK E. VISCO SR.
TALKING IT UP
Your piece on baseball chatter (Chatter, March 16) fascinated me. Times have changed on the sandlots, too. A couple of seasons ago, during one of the pickup softball games I played in on Sunday mornings, one of the fielders yelled, "Let's hear some chatter from the infield!"
"Great," someone else replied. "Pick a topic."
Co-host, PM Magazine/ Chicago
Chatter is why I am now able to speak before large groups. Where else could a 9-year-old get training in talking to crowds of friends and foes but near second base, standing with hands on knees? Thanks for the memories. They made turning 30 last week a lot easier.
JOHN B. FRITSCHNER
Director of Recreation and Parks
Wrong! "Hum Babe" does not mean to hum the fastball. Rather, it's merely today's version of a classic expression that is going through an evolutionary cycle—"Hum Babe" from "Horn Babe" from "Haum Babe" from "Maun Babe" from "C'maum Babe" from "C'mom Babe" from "C'mon Babe" from "Come on, Baby."