JOHN BENTLEY'S ACCOUNT OF LE MANS (SI, June 20) WAS SUPERIOR REPORTAGE
YOUR PRESENTATION IN SI (June 27) OF THE U.S. OPEN IS TERRIFIC. AT LONG LAST YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR MATURITY.
BEN & INFINITY
Ben Hogan may have been more truthful and less modest than he perhaps realized when he referred to himself as "nothing divided by nothing" (SI, June 20). Nothing divided by nothing (zero-over-zero) is an indeterminate fraction and can indicate anything from zero to a billion and beyond (with negative quantities thrown in too, if you want). Ben's "nothing divided by nothing" may have been pretty small at the time he referred to, but right now it is approaching infinity; he is clearly established as the greatest golfer of all time.
THE LITERATE SPORTSMAN
It is interesting to note how greatly his avid interest in sports has helped make my son, David (almost 8), a good reader.
The sports pages of the daily newspapers and the bubble-gum baseball cards are eagerly read and reread. But SI is the special favorite—and he devours it each week.
This education by sports-reading is not without its complications. For instance, the other day Dave asked me, "Do they have earned run averages in golf?"
"Not as far as I know, Dave, why?"
"Well, look here, it says the Hogan ERA was one of the greatest in golf...."
Mr. William Woodward of New York and Florida is an intelligent man, indeed. He has shown his canniness and horse sense by declining to send a colt he owns, Nashua by name, all the way to the province of California to run over a strip of ground against a magnificent animal that goes by the name of Swaps.
If I were Mr. Woodward, I would follow the same course. As long as he stays in the East, his horse can win one big purse after another and not have to worry about a thing. It is a fact that this year's crop of 3-year-olds in the East is one of the most mediocre in many years.