Also let me tell you about Jim Thorpe. Thorpe never had the good fortune to attend U.S.C., but you managed to do him a slight injustice (Aug. 16). You robbed him of the one event in which his 1912 Olympic decathlon marks exceeded Bob Mathias' 1952 performances. You credit Mathias with a 1,500-meter time of 4 min. 33.6 sec. in the 1952 U.S. championships when he actually ran 4:55.3. (The 4:33.6 finisher that day was a Harvard graduate out of Dickens named Otey Scruggs.) The 1,500 was the one event in which Mathias never did equal Thorpe's time of 4:40.1. Bob's fastest was 4:50.8, although no doubt he could have run faster if he'd known you needed it to prove that The Golden Age Is Now.
H. D. THOREAU
Los Angeles, Calif.
A MAJOR SPARKLE
The story of Francis Ouimet, "Francis' Game" was of particular interest to me because he is "one grand guy" and a friend of mine. A major sparkle in the diamond-studded diadem of this illustrious man was, unfortunately, not mentioned in the write-up. It is a tribute to a great American that will give all Americans cause to bask in reflected glory.
In September 1951 Francis Ouimet was elected Captain (President) of St. Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland. This is the first time that this great honor was bestowed on anyone outside the British Isles in the 200-year history of St. Andrews.
Knowing that you want to record the great sports happenings of all times, I am enclosing a picture in full color of Francis Ouimet wearing the very unusual Captain's coat of scarlet and a replica of the Queen Adelaide medal.
W. E. KREUER
Congratulations on the wonderful job SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is doing to cover not only the entire field of sports, but in particular, yachting!
The 35 ft. ketch Sea Queen is one of the most beautiful and colorful ships in these waters. She is manned by a crew that averages over 50 years of age.
Sea Queen has won first in the Los Angeles Yacht Club opening regatta, as well as the Fleet Inspection, on general condition and upkeep of the ship, for this year. She has also won the around Catalina Island Race of the Win ward and West Coast Yacht Clubs; the Los Angeles to Catalina Race of the Catalina Island Yacht Club for the famous Wilbur May trophy; the Divided Rig championship in the Pacific Coast Yachting Association's 31st Annual Championship Regatta; and last week-end, the Ship Rock to Seal Beach Race for the Yacht Racing Union. Sea Queen is definitely the champion of the Pacific Coast this year!
MRS. M. YUNKERS
Beverly Hills, Calif.
THE ELOQUENT BALL
We welcome into our ranks the First Golfer of the Land. More eloquently than the ball reveals though superior in many fields of endeavor, in golf falls into the handicap group of the masses.
Somebody goofed. Paula Jean (p. 61 SI, Aug. 23) is a student at the University of Southern California, not UCLA.
W. S. DUNIWAY
Have enjoyed the articles about cards. You interested in showing old cards? These are 1910. Can help you on any info needed on cards on sports. There are many types, dating back before 1900.
Sports Editor, Chattanooga Times