TOWARD A SPEEDY END
Mrs. Tyler and I admire you for your article on the Tennessee Walking Horse. We hope the cruel practices on Walking Horses may now come to an end and we think your article will help a lot.
CAL G. TYLER
THE EFFECTIVE WEAPON
I am sure SPORTS ILLUSTRATED readers would be interested in the reaction here in Tennessee to its charge of inhuman treatment of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
As part of an article for The Nashville Banner, I interviewed several trainers, owners and officials. They agreed that there is a practice of cruelty on the part of some trainers, but that progress is being made to stamp this out. Orman Gilmore, a judge, said, for example: "Some of the treatment these horses are getting is a disgrace."
The president of the Breeders Association, H. Tom Fulton, in discussing cruelty to these animals, told me: "It is serious. It may or may not be getting worse, but I do know that our association is starting to take steps toward cleaning it up."
The association has indeed named a special committee of three of its executive committee members to discuss with state officials a law similar to that which protects Walkers in Kentucky. This, of course, follows SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S suggestion.
The Nashville Humane Association has been quietly investigating reports of cruelty for over a year without being able to nail down positive evidence or prove guilt. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S article has provided the publicity that is the most effective weapon in matters of this nature and has stirred the proper people into action.
The Nashville Banner
Robert Creamer is obviously a Yankee fan (Casey Puts It on Ice, July 23) who has forgotten that the game is never over until the last man is out. History shows many come-from-behind pennant winners—viz. 1951 Giants, 1914 Braves. The Yankees have been known to lose a few—and they can do it again. Ask Stengel! He's not so confident and he should know.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sadly I will have to agree with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that the Yankees for all practical purposes have clinched the 1956 American League pennant. But I am disgusted about it because I see an unhealthy situation in the American League. Poor Chicago hasn't won an American League pennant since 1919, and Detroit for 11 years.
The only solution is for the other seven clubs to completely boycott the Yanks—make no deals at all with them.
Boy, is that Creamer going to be surprised in September when he looks at the box score and sees that Boston has won the pennant.