AN ART REVIVED
Rocky's answer to Moore's "How's he gonna hit me?" (SI, Sept. 19) was
as convincing as SI's answer to those of us who for a long time have despaired
of the revival of the art of boxing. In 18th- and 19th-century England, boxing
was not only a sport, albeit an illegal one, but a subject that inspired great
painters, engravers and writers to some of their finest work. Each notable bout
later produced sketches, mezzotints and prints that have become collector's
items around the world.
As both a boxing
fan and amateur historian of the once noble game I would like to congratulate
you on your September 19th issue. Ezra Bowen and Martin Kane wrote nobly,
skillfully and lovingly and obviously put pen to paper only after having many a
long talk with Archie, certainly the most likeable challenger since Carpentier.
But the huzzahs belong to artist Robert Riger and those who advised him. His 32
drawings were masterfully executed, well thought out and give, I believe, once
and for all the answer to: What can the brush accomplish that cannot be
bettered by the camera? His lead drawing (see cut) almost exactly anticipated
some of the subsequently published photos of an astute Moore defending himself
against a close-slugging Marciano. I have not seen a photograph that can equal
this drawing in felicity of manner, reality and impact.
What I want to
thank you for, in the main, is for going to the trouble to do all this when I
imagine you could get by handsomely with a far lesser effort. I read your
cataloguing of boxing's dirty business with admiration. Your preview of the
heavyweight championship I read with both admiration and pleasure.
RAY H. ENDICOTT
"How's Marciano Gonna Hit Me?"
D. M. BATES
He almost had me convinced!
PORTER L. AUSTIN
Capon Springs, W. Va.
Conversation Piece: Subject: Archie Moore, proved a most perfect appetizer for
the Marciano-Moore debut. It was excellently done and the art work was
It's history now
and we all know that the perpetually flailing Rock did what was expected of
him, but we'll still admit, "How's the man gonna hit me?" flavored the
match and perpetuated interest.
Suggest we have
more of the same with Rocky's next opponent.
BUD ON SKATES
I read with interest your piece on Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma's football coach
(SI, Sept. 12). However, I was rather surprised that Wilkinson's undergraduate
career as varsity goalie on Minnesota's hockey team wasn't mentioned. He was
quite a guy on skates too!