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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
August 20, 1956
VIVA EL TORO Sirs: Two years of "the best in sports reporting" by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has finally induced me to write—you're great!
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August 20, 1956

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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MOST UNFAIR
SIRS:
"TRAVESTY IN TIJUANA" IS THE MOST UNFAIR AND BIASED REPORTING I HAVE EVER READ. I AM SURPRISED THAT A MAGAZINE OF YOUR CATEGORY WOULD PUBLISH SUCH A VINDICTIVE ARTICLE OF CHARACTER ASSASSINATION.
ORETT A CARUTHERS
Rosenberg, Texas

THE BRAVE AGENT
Sirs:
If Delgado Lozano is a purist then he is the most foul-mouthed and lying purist I've ever had the misfortune to meet. I was there and met these two obnoxious men (Correspondents Delgado and Oulahan): they had all other news people wanting to take pokes at them.

Outright lies (to name a few) in the article:

1) Pat McCormick is a Catholic. If he had bothered to ask or refer to her autobiography he would see that she belongs to the Episcopal Church.

2) Bette gave no party, did not even plan to give a party after the bullfight. They came to her room while I was attempting to get her out of her fighting clothes...she was hysterical, her manager had just suffered a severe heart attack (he is still in a hospital in Tijuana) and the room was full of people. They made such utter asses of themselves that Roy Nickerson of the Arizona Star requested they leave.

3) Both girls fight bulls with shaved horns, which they would know if they had checked—Bette fought much larger bulls in the Plaza Mexico which they could ascertain by simple checking with Dr. Gaona. The girls did not meet to sign the contract. They had never met in person prior to Tijuana—excepting briefly in Cd. Juarez before Pat's September 1954 goring.

There is no need to be so vindictive or to lie in order to prove that they don't approve of women in the ring. I am surprised at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for allowing such sloppy, slanted writing....
BEVERLY BOND,
Representing Bette Ford, first lady of bullfighting
Houston

?SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Delgado and Oulahan admit to one error: the girls did not evidently confront each other for the signing, though their reactions were as reported. Otherwise they reply:

"1) Pat told us in answer to direct question that she is Roman Catholic.

"2) Affair in Bette Ford's hotel suite after fight might not be technically termed party, but it was festive occasion, with perhaps dozen friends chatting, laughing and drinking. As to Bette's appearance and manner, Agent Bond must have us confused with two other guys. When we entered suite Bette was seated on couch smiling and gaily greeting friends. She was not undressing, and if she was hysterical her performance was most remarkable cover-up we have ever witnessed. She was calm, gay, almost flippant. She was dressed in comely frock, her arm in chic pink sling. She claimed that shoulder was broken ("My first broken bone," she informed us in completely playful manner). We thought at time stylish sling was peculiar way to treat broken shoulder.

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