AVERY BRUNDAGE ON THE SPOT.
I think it's high time somebody realized what Avery Brundage (Olympians Put Avery Brundage on the Spot, Aug. 27) is standing for and talking about and came out on his side. When you get right down to it, all he is demanding is that amateurs be amateurs.
Get over onto some sport in which professionals are not yet taken as a matter of course—fishing, for instance. And then you will realize that the moment a man begins to have a pecuniary interest in it, he has lost everything but the money.
A. W. MILLER
I have just finished reading the interview with Avery Brundage, and I'm so mad I can hardly contain myself long enough to write this.
Pray tell me, how many Olympic sports are there on which one could capitalize professionally? I wasn't aware that professional shotputters, pole vaulters, dash men, et al. were very much in professional demand these days. Nor was I aware that major league ball clubs paid salaries for Olympic gold medals; I thought they were looking for baseball players who could hit, field, throw, etc. How much do prize fighters get for Olympic medals? I thought their earnings depended on their success against other professionals.
And heaven knows we should protect ourselves from the former Olympic champion turned coach. It's a cinch that the next generation of amateur athletes won't need any help from coaches to develop their full potentials.
The thing that really rankles is that all this is due supposedly to the fact that "there still remain a few amateur standards." Remain since when, since their publication a few months ago? Apparently the time-honored standard, that an amateur is one who has never participated in a sport for profit, is not good enough for Mr. Brundage.
Please, please, won't somebody save sport from this man and his fantastic mental gyrations?
WILLIAM R. THOMAS III
Silver Spring, Md.
Mr. Brundage might well consider the fact that nearly all the coaches of track and field, in colleges and out, are professionals. Before their coaching days many were Olympic aspirants and some were on Olympic teams.
There is no more dedicated group than the self-sacrificing men and women who work in this field. What a sad state our Olympic hopes would be in without the counsel and help of these former amateurs.
Would Mr. Brundage have it otherwise?
W. F. DEAN