A SPOT OF SUNLIGHT
Your recent articles on boxing promoters Norris and D'Antoni support, the great mass of evidence pointing to boxing as one of the most corrupt, unsavory, criminal, dishonest "sports" of all time.
Congratulations on your forthright reporting. It must dismay you, as sports lovers, to have to report and record such sordid facts.
Keep up the good work. Additional articles of the type you have done on the "big" men of boxing can help to bring sunlight into a dark spot.
JOHN P. SWANSON
Glen Head, N.Y.
THE NEST EGG AND I
I am so appalled at your (ugh) article, Subject: Blaise D'Antoni (SI, June 27), that I am quite speechless, which may I assure you is very seldom. On counting, I found D'Antoni used the pronouns "I" or "my" 120 times, "money" or a specific sum 42 times. If the love of "me-I" and "money" means the life of a "cultured" man, I'm glad my husband brings home a $66.82 paycheck each week.
After reading the excellent story by Robert H. Boyle on Blaise D'Antoni, I guess it would be pretty hard to say what the New Orleans promoter, with his unlimited funds, would do next. Tell me, though, did he buy his 11-year-old daughter 15 real leopards, or those of the toy variety? At first reading, one would think they were the latter, but doesn't the possibility exist that D'Antoni is equipping his boxing jungle for an invasion by the lions and tigers from other sections of the country?
?When D'Antoni told his daughter to "go and play with the leopards," he was merely telling her to run off and play with the stuffed, or F.A.O. Schwartz, species.—ED.
Can't remember when I've enjoyed a story as much as the one SI ran entitled Subject: Blaise D'Antoni. Laughed for almost three days.
HARRY DEL GRANDE
IN HIS STEPS
About Bannister's literary work (SI, June 20, 27): I think it was great. I have run the mile on occasion, and from Bannister's description, I was able to live every step of his two greatest races with him. Anyone who has not run a competitive mile just doesn't realize what the runner goes through—the mental punishment is far worse than the physical punishment. In my opinion, Bannister did an excellent job of describing his mental tortures and the great lift he got from victory.
RUNNER AND WRITER
I am indeed indebted to SI for printing Roger Bannister's autobiography—a remarkable piece of writing by an amazing young man....
EDMUND S. CARPENTER
RUNAWAY BEST SELLER
It would be a marked understatement to say that Roger Bannister's story offered both enjoyment and inspiration, for it offered the ultimate in both. I do not believe that anyone who failed to receive an inspiration from Bannister's writings could profess to be a true sports fan, much less a track fan.