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March 18, 1957
JOHN FRASER: THIS STRANGE FRATERNITYSirs:I agree with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that charges of corruption against a basketball official in ANY conference should be made public and investigated (Basketball: The Fix Again?, SI, March 4). Whether the charges which your magazine has made against John K. Fraser, Missouri Valley Conference basketball official, are valid is something for investigators to decide. The important thing, it seems to me, is that the charges have been made public.
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March 18, 1957

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I'd say that if Fraser were booked into Oklahoma A&M, for instance, the odds on A&M against anybody ought to shift by at least 10 points. He is one of the very few who can stand up to that howling, crazy Cowpoke crowd and still toot 'em as he sees 'em.
Collinsville, Ill.

You are to be commended for your blunt and forthright opening of what might be a real cesspool. Of course, the facts at this time are still rather vague. However, I feel that your article will do for basketball what previous articles on boxing filth did for boxing.... It is a pretty sad commentary on Missouri Valley Conference basketball when such a man as Fraser is a referee.
Los Angeles

A statement of opinion attributed to Capt. T. S. King in the Spike Webb story (SI, Feb. 11 and 18) has had more to do with the demise of intercollegiate boxing than any single incident: "Boxing stands alone, in all recognized sports where the final objective is the incapacitating of an opponent. In other sports incapacity is a possibility, but it definitely is not the objective."

The ultimate aim and objective of boxing is the same as in any intercollegiate sport—to win! To say that the objective is to injure the other contestant must imply intent on the part of the individual participating. This casts a reflection on all coaches and participants in all contact sports where injuries occur.

The objectives of intercollegiate boxing are clearly stated in the preamble to the rules in the Official Intercollegiate Boxing Guide. Stated in part:

Boxing is a sport of skill participated in for the fun and satisfaction derived. There are many boys who have need of a direct method of dissipating their aggressions, and boxing provides that opportunity. Intercollegiate boxing as a sport has as its prime purpose the outscoring, out-thinking and out-maneuvering of the opponent through the medium of well placed blows or hits; to win on points, to decision an opponent because of superior technical skill, ring strategy and physical condition....

To verify my contention that the critics of boxing in education are biased and unduly alarmed, you are reminded that there is still a vigorous intramural boxing program at the Naval Academy.
Secretary, NIBCA

Some weeks ago EVENTS & DISCOVERIES reported the unusual, to say the least, feat of Francis Wharton, who shot a buck, fashioned himself a set of false dentures from the animal's teeth and therewith ate the buck (SI, Jan. 28). I thought readers might be interested in a look at Francis Wharton and his buck teeth (see above).

Mr. Wharton for many years lived in the woods of British Columbia like an Indian, tanning his own hides, making his own clothes and living with the animals. He is an inventor and mechanical craftsman of great skill, which I think is shown not only by the homemade teeth but by the unusual hand gun Mr. Wharton machined for himself.
Kamloops, B.C.

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