If you do not
believe me, then ask the Australians for permission to reproduce the original
score sheet and you will then see that the count-back rules were incorrectly
interpreted. Britain's Thelma Hopkins was also third, not second equal.
sixth or last, we join Miss Larking's other devoted fans in thanking Track
Expert McWhirter (co-editor of the authoritative English magazine Athletic
World) for providing us with up-to-the-minute information about her. Add to it
the news, reported in Swedish papers, that she turned down offers from movie
talent scouts made after her picture appeared in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.—ED.
SIGN HIM UP
Amidst all the rather heavy bow-taking that has gone on in the last couple of
issues (SI wins the world's heavyweight championship, SI wins gold medal for
Hungary) comes much refreshing sports reporting. The result of your excellent
literature (despite the sometimes overbearing presentation) is a pretty
high-grade following. This is best illustrated by your 19TH HOLE section. The
writing here is ofttimes as good as that produced by paid contributors. The
letters of Dec. 17 were great. The response by Martha Tunstall was fine, but
Ron Clynch produced a gem. Agree or not, you must admire the way he says it.
I'd hire that boy!
FRED F. WAGNER
ILLUSTRATED admires the prose style of both Miss Tunstall (who told fellow
hot-stove leaguers that Pittsburgh wouldn't trade Virdon and Friend for
"the whole Dodger team") and Mr. Clynch (who objected to the inclusion
of Yale on the 11 best elevens) and encourages them to continue reading with
pen in hand.—ED.
Jimmy Jemail's HOTBOX question (SI, Dec. 17) was very explicit: "What sport
do you think is the best body developer?" Answers ranged from a somewhat
ridiculous "football" to an obviously absurd "baseball," with
occasional tangents about football's developing the morals and the mind.
has unfortunately signed its own popularity death warrant. It's not a spectator
sport. It is plagued with eccentric people who display their bodies as some of
the more sedentary athletes display their golf game or bridge prowess. The
overwhelming majority of Americans naturally object to a sport which acutely
reminds them of what their shoulder pads are concealing.
With each succeeding reply to Jimmy Jemail's query, I became more
Not one mention
was made of handball. Will anyone deny it is a marvelous conditioner,
outstanding competitive sport? And handball can be any man's carry-over
activity after school days.
ROBERT W. KENDLER
United States Handball Association
What about cycling as a body conditioner? It is the toughest of all real
sports. But Americans so much prefer to watch exhibitions and shows like
wrestling and baseball that even such a great competitive event as the six-day
bicycle race has had to fold. It's very simple: the sport is too strenuous and
there is no room for aspiring pros.
National City, Calif.
views are shared by at least one other American. President Eisenhower
"expressed particular interest" in bicycle riding as a means of keeping
young Americans fit, according to Press Secretary Murray Snyder. In late
December the President and Vice-President Nixon conferred on plans for
promoting cycling and gymnastics among youths and discussed setting up pilot
programs in three cities to test response to the sports.—ED.