2) Arcaro is one of the top jockeys of all time.
3) Nashua is built like an early American blockhouse. He has power, plus the combined speed of Coaltown and Citation.
HUGH G. MATHESON
SI's interest in the coming match race of Swaps and Nashua gives me a thrill as I was in the grandstand at Windsor, Ontario in 1920 and watched the great Man o' War make a monkey out of Sir Barton, the undefeated Canadian champion, in a match race.
I'll go for Swaps and Shoemaker on August 31.
J. W. HINKLE
THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS
Amid the tumult and shouting about the Nashua-Swaps match race, it is a pity that so many have been most unsportsmanlike in expressing their opinions. I hasten to add that I, in company with the astute gentlemen at Caliente, am rooting for Swaps—but I'm not going to call Nashua any unkind names or describe his looks (conformation) in such unfortunate terms as another reader has used ("a moose-jawed, dull-eyed, haphazardly bred inmate of what looks like a camp for migrant workers..." 19TH HOLE, Aug. 15) in describing Swaps's appearance.
EMILIE C. BROUILLET
CONGRATULATIONS!...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!...WELL DONE!...CARRY ON!
You wrote in your very first issue:
"It is our hope and our promise that in some tomorrow you will no longer think of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED as Time Inc.'s newest baby, but as the accepted and essential weekly reporter of the Wonderful World of Sport."
That "some tomorrow" you spoke of has long since arrived. I must admit that I doubted whether you could ever reach your goal after reading your first issue. I thought you tried to take on too much territory for one magazine to cover. In that first issue you had articles on everything from baseball to boomerangs. In that issue, I found only one article that I thought was better than average. That was your fine coverage of the Mile of the Century. It was on the basis of that article alone that I decided to give SPORTS ILLUSTRATED a try. I subscribed right away and I have never been sorry that I did. Since the first issue, your magazine has improved each week. I especially enjoyed your coverage of the Army-Navy game, the Bowl Games, the 500-mile Memorial Day race, the Kentucky Derby, the major league pennant races, and the upcoming match race between Swaps and Nashua. (Incidentally, Swaps is going to win.) I would also like to congratulate you on your fine articles on the boxing scandals, the Le Mans tragedy, and the stories by Paul Richards on baseball strategy. I also enjoyed the recent article on Ted Williams. But if there was one article that I had to pick out from all the rest that I thought was best of all, I would have to pick the controversial "confession" by Preacher Roe. That was superb!
Congratulations to the entire staff. Your anniversary issue was great.
ROBERT W. SWAIN JR.