LITTLE LEAGUE: ENLARGE THE GOOD
Your two articles about Little League Baseball (SI, Aug. 19, 26) were excellent in almost every way. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a national publication has presented the subject with accuracy and forthrightness.
The over-all good of Little League, and there is much of it, far outweighs the bad, and, unfortunately, there is some of that. We in Little League shall continue to make the good even larger.
HENRY N. JOHNSTON
National Board of Directors
Little League Baseball, Inc.
Long Beach, Calif.
LITTLE LEAGUE: YES
As a mother in the throes of debating whether to let her teen-age son participate in Little League baseball next year, I am particularly thankful for your articles. All in all, I am now inclined to say "yes" where a month ago I would have said "no."
MRS. ALICE HERKLE
LITTLE LEAGUE: ADULTS ONLY
The worst drawback of Little League baseball is that it puts the kids' recreation entirely under the close supervision and control of adults, thus ruining the kids' initiative and greatly reducing their enjoyment of the game.
FREDERIC B. CLEAVES
THE "HAMBO": INCIDENTALLY...
A bouquet to you folks regarding the article The "Hambo" Hits DuQuoin by Jeremiah Tax (SI, Aug. 19).
I hereby quote Charles C. Marshal Jr., one of the associate editors of The Harness Horse, a magazine devoted to Standard-bred horses only:
"Incidentally, Jerry Tax's preview of the big race in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED was the best ever presented in a mass-circulation magazine." Thought you'd like to know.
RAY W. ROSING
GOLF: WRITER'S WRITER
In spite of the fact that Paul O'Neil told me he knew nothing at all about golf, I think he did a superb job (Flags in the Front Yard, SI, Aug. 12). Obviously he is a topflight craftsman. If you are that, well, then you can write on any subject.
I like his literary style. In fact, I like everything about the piece. Oh, I would argue with him over two or three minor points. But that's unimportant. The main thing is that the article was turned out by a man who knows what to do with words.
GOLF: SONGS MY CADDIE TAUGHT ME
I am fresh from a triumph I can only attribute to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. After reading all of Hogan's lessons (The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, SI, March 11, el. seq.), I blazed home with an 83 to tie for low net in the annual Sunpapers Golf Tournament. Low gross escaped me only because Hogan forgot to write what I consider a vital chapter: "How, after Slicing into the Woods, Hitting a Tree, and Having Ball Come to Rest on a Root, to Avoid Taking a Triple Bogey." It's nothing personal, mind you. I admire Hogan, and he did take 10 strokes off my game. But if a man's going to write he ought to do a thorough job.