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October 11, 1954
OLDEST CHAMPION Sirs:Frank Erne is dead at 79 (SCOREBOARD, Sept. 27). He was the oldest living of the former boxing champions. Erne, born Jan. 8, 1875, was the only Switzerland-born ringman ever to win a world's pugilistic title. The late Saginaw Kid, Georgie Lavigne, lost his championship to Erne in 20 rounds, July 3, 1899, at Buffalo, N.Y. On May 12, 1902, "The Old Master," the Philadelphia (not Baltimore) born Joe Gans, won the diadem by knocking out Erne in 45 seconds. It marked the quickest knockout ever recorded in a championship fight in any division. It was an ironic defeat for Erne because in 1900 he won in 12 rounds from Gans who simply quit when the going became too tough.
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October 11, 1954

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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(1) By any definition, either Spanish, Mexican or Hemingway, bullfighting is not a sport but a spectacle.

(2) Patricia is a good killer of bulls; in fact it is probably the best thing she does in the ring. The killing of a bull with a sword does not need a two-hundred-pound man; most of the fine killers have been men who were no larger than Miss McCormick.

(3) As for using inferior weapons, the most effective method ever invented to kill trout is TNT but that can also wound.

(4) Mr. Hemingway's wonderful book was written in 1932 and at that time there was no great woman bullfighter. Later appeared that great woman Miss Conchita Cintron, who at one time was not allowed to fight on foot in Spain, perhaps because she was too good and the men did not want to be compared to her. There is now a young woman in Mexico by the name of Juanita Aparicio who has bested many of the men of the same experience. All three of these young women are gentlewomen from fine families and to have them compared to female wrestlers is to say the least, poor taste.

(5) As to women putting on the tight pants of the matador; yes, it seems to be the fashion in the streets of the United States, but in the ring women never wear the suit of lights. They wear the short horseman's costume of Spain and this is very much in evidence in your picture.

I don't think this job will earn you many taurine readers, and if it had appeared in a Mexican sports paper the writer would be sporting a fine shiner by this date.
Cardiff, Calif.

?Let those who will, "define" bullfighting. The Encyclopedia Britannica calls it "the national sport of Spain," Webster sees it as a "spectacle" and Hemingway finds it a ritualistic "tragedy." The Spanish do not apply the phrase "deporte," meaning sports, to bullfighting, and Madrid papers carry bullfighting news and columns in their art sections. And art it is to all aficionados, whether Spanish or Mexican. SI agrees, believes that art may also be sport, but does not believe that either art or sport should be degraded to mere spectacle. Reader Crowell is correct in stating that female "bullfighters" (with the exception of Mexico's La Serranita) are not seen in the trajes de luces. There was no great woman bullfighter in 1932 and there is none today.

Se?orita Cintron, the Chilean-born daughter of U.S. citizens, has fought her bulls as a rejoneadora in el rejoneo?a mounted version of the bullfight which comes down from the days of the cavaliers. Se?orita Aparicio is a brave girl who does not drink or smoke; this does not necessarily entitle her to fight bulls.?ED.

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