Our National Pastime will never be quite as dull as the writers who try to condemn it.
What is this blasphemy about large-mouth bass being gamer than trout or salmon (Brave and Brainy Bass, Aug. 20)? Dr. Henshall probably never took a decent-sized salmon in his life. Try out a two-pound rainbow and any two-pound large-mouth looks like a paralytic. I wrote an article for Field & Stream some years ago called Pound for Pound, which tabulated several hundred gamefish of various species on the basis of the time it took to land them on similar gear. The results in minutes per pound showed the average trout and landlocked salmon outfought the bass by three or four to one. This isn't opinion; it is observed fact. Furthermore, anybody who says a bass tastes better than a trout needs either a psychiatrist or a chef.
This letter has a dual purpose: to commend SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for Kenneth Rudeen's fine article on Dick Mann (Hitting the Kill Button, Aug. 20) while asking how, in all justice, he could give such short shrift to Carroll Resweber.
Resweber is not only the four-time grand national point champion of professional motorcycle racing, he is undoubtedly the greatest rider in the history of the two-wheelers. Imagine the skill and daring involved in winning four consecutive national titles! It's an amazing feat, which could be compared to winning a major league batting crown four straight years—and how many ballplayers have done that?
This does not mean that Dick Mann is not a line competitor in this courageous sport. He is—and so are many hundreds of other fine young men (emphasis on the "young") who have earned professional status in the American Motorcycle Association. But the most outstanding, versatile, flawless rider of them all is No. 1—Carroll Resweber.
To watch Resweber on a track is, to a motorcycle racing buff, like seeing poetry in motion. He and his finely tuned Harley-Davidson become like one—each so sensitive to the other that they have to be seen to be believed. So skillful is he behind the wheel that he avoided serious accidents and injury to himself and others with split-second reaction and handling of his machine. He once turned three laps at the head of the pack with a blown-out rear tire, then smoothly pulled his H-D to the outer wall, without interfering with any of the riders hot on his tail.
Topping it off, Carroll is a solid family man, and twice was voted the most popular male motorcyclist of the year—an honor that is open to everyone who owns a motorcycle.
All of us who ride motorcycles and enjoy the greatest sport on wheels thank you.
DONALD B. OLSON
SAFETY AT SEA
In your August 27 issue I was horrified to see the picture of Jackie Kennedy water skiing with her daughter—and Mrs. Kennedy without a life jacket. Your article even went so far as to say that she "temporarily foundered." Only good common sense is necessary to make one realize it is unsafe to ski without a life jacket or ski belt. I wonder how many people now think that since Mrs. Kennedy didn't wear one, why should they?
I wonder if the smiling skipper is thinking, "I wish Jackie would wear a ski belt."
P. G. HARMON