Why should a
little ragging, sir,
Produce a blaze of tempah?
Egad, such things could not occur
If we still ruled the Empah.
Too soon we
raised our friendly yoke
And yielded our ascendance,
For chaps who cannot take a joke
Aren't fit for independence.
President of the Marylebone Club, Lord Alexander, telephoned immediate
apologies to Pakistan.
Chevy Chase, Md.
HE NEVER LET YOU
In his article on the Basilio-Saxton affair (SI, March 26), Martin Kane's
reference to Harry Balogh, the famous referee, gave me a nostalgic chuckle. Mr.
Balogh introduced the comparative degree into prizefight lingo. His wonderful
monstrosities in his variations of "may the best man win" were alone
worth the price of admission. I bet he had fun making them up. One time, I
remember, he went so far as to use a negative. The introduction ran about like
corner, wearing purple trunks, and weighing 145 pounds, the courageous,
colorful, clean-living contender, and a credit to his race.... And in this
corner, wearing black trunks, and weighing 145 and a [broad A] half, the
popular, promising pugilist, and pride of Perth Amboy.... Both boys will come
out fighting, will break clean at the command of the referee, and may the less
able adversary NOT emerge victorious."
After two hams
had bulled their way through 12 stupid rounds it was difficult to tell which
one was the less able. The fights may have been lousy but Harry Balogh never
let you down.
ROBERT W. WOOD JR.
I am sick and tired of reading about the Saxton-Basilio fight and how Basilio
"won" the fight. I have followed boxing for many years and am an avid
television fight fan. Saxton clearly won the fight. Saxton fought a very smart
fight. He had, I believe, a reach advantage of four or five inches. With that
advantage, why should Saxton try infighting when Basilio is known as a
"swarmer" and fights best at close quarters?
person cannot help but note in Mr. Kane's article the statement "He
[Saxton] had been first in the ring to little applause. There had been
tremendous cheers for Basilio." Now in view of the obvious partisan crowd
is it surprising that when a close decision went against their boy they should
boo that decision? And are we now going to have aspersions cast on the judges
and the referees every time some flannel-mouth reporter loses a two-bit bet on
a fight? It is very popular right now to attack boxing, boxing promoters and
the boxers themselves, and it is interesting to note how many of these
"small men" of the press enjoy tearing apart the profession that gives
them their living.
Keep in mind
that intelligent people watch the fights and read SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. We don't
need you to tell us what we saw. There are a lot of "me toos" who read
SI also, and when a popular movement comes along like "Basilio was
robbed" they all chorus "me too."
DR. D. B. MILLER
San Diego, Calif.
eye-witness report appeared March 22, eight days after the fight. Before its
account was published SI heard from over 100 readers from every part of the
country to which the fight was televised, protesting the decision. Indeed, to
date, five weeks after the Basilio-Saxton fight only four readers have written
in upholding the decision, and one of these four came from the chairman of the
Illinois State Athletic Commission. For latest Chicago "robbery" see