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July 23, 1956
THE SANCTITY OF SPORTS Sirs: I was distressed to read your description of the first "politathlon" (E & D, July 2), and I was the more disturbed when I saw that you had continued the subject the following week. The implication of the two pieces is decidedly political, and the importance of their subjects to the world of sport is dubious. Since SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has devoted itself to sports, why then let us stick to sports and sports alone, unadulterated by political selections (if such a thing is possible in an election year). I would indeed be loth to see the most enjoyable of my sanctuaries sullied by the dark influences of the world's second oldest profession. ALAN ROTH New York
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July 23, 1956

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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The Prince of Paris stood in a semicircle of players who were given such names as Red Cap, Black Cap, Yellow Cap, Green Cap and so on. The Prince of Paris would start each round by saying:

"Prince of Paris lost his cap—some say this and some say that—but I say—Red Cap!"

Red Cap: "Who me, sir?"
Prince of Paris: "Yes, you sir!"
Red Cap: "You lie, sir!"
Prince of Paris: "Who then, sir?"
Red Cap: "Green Cap, sir."
Green Cap: "Who me, sir?"
Red Cap: "Yes, you sir!" etc.

Thus it went. Each player when it came to the question of "Who then, sir?" could name any other player, including the Prince of Paris himself. Whenever a player missed the exact wording or rhythm of the prescribed dialogues, or hesitated too long, or laughed or was considered slow, he was swarmed upon by the other players and given some hearty blows.

It was truly fine sport, in its simple way, and I look back at it with fond memories.
Oakland, Calif.

Robert Creamer's idea on selecting the All-Star squads should be widely supported, and would be a far more acceptable method than the weak one presently used. I expect that more will be heard on this proposal, and in the very near future. Joanne Jackson Bratton's frank lament was excellent, as was the CONVERSATION PIECE on Stan Musial.

As an avid reader of all publications dealing with the wonderful world of sports, your weekly presentation is digested from cover to cover. Your candid and objective reporting, coupled with the capturing of the human element in sports, provides the completest coverage possible.

I'll be looking forward to a giant Olympic issue in the fall. Hope you'll include a complete listing of all Olympic track and field records, along with the names of all those competitors expected to challenge those marks—with their top efforts.
Loring AFB, Maine

?Mr. Sullivan will not be disappointed.—ED.

Your proposed plan for next year's All-Star Game voting seems workable, but complicated—a publicity man's nightmare.

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