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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
February 14, 1955
PUGILISM'S POLLUTIONSirs:I should like to join the thousands of readers of SI who have lauded your magazine for its courageous crusade FOR the game of boxing.
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February 14, 1955

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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PUGILISM'S POLLUTION
Sirs:
I should like to join the thousands of readers of SI who have lauded your magazine for its courageous crusade FOR the game of boxing.

Only by exposing the nefarious characters behind the scenes can the stench and sordidness of pugilism's pollution be eliminated. The fight-faithful today are happy to see SI roll up its sleeves and publish the "slug lines" which will lead the way toward clearing up boxing's bad name.

Continue to carry the torch and bring back to professional boxing the cleanliness, the wholesomeness and fairness that it should have.

Your magazine is great.
JOHN T. CAMPBELL
Chairman
Montana Boxing Commission
Butte, Mont.

A CERTAIN MAGAZINE
Sirs:
You were criticized for trying to destroy sports on the air today. The sports announcer said: "A certain magazine is trying to destroy sports," while he was discussing boxing. He also criticized bringing up tanked fights that happened years ago. He forgets the man connected with this fix is now running boxing in this country.

Keep up the good work in exposing corruption in boxing and/or any other sport.
RICHARD FITZPATRICK
Brooklyn

FATAL MESS
Sirs:
Congratulations to SI for taking the initiative in trying to clean up boxing's stinking mess which if left alone might someday kill a great sport.
ELLIOTTE BOSWELL
Burkeville, Va.

I KEEP HOPING
Sirs:
...I could shout for joy the way you are crusading for cleaning up the fight racket.

Each bout I watch on TV, and I LOVE a good clean fight, I keep hoping will be a little better than the one before. Three cheers for SI and I hope it will mean better boxing for everyone to enjoy. I have a special interest in boxing because for many years I acted as secretary to a man who I think is the greatest boxing historian living today. He is Johnny Houck of Lancaster, brother of the late great Leo Houck, boxing coach at Penn State for many years. Johnny has been crusading for his entire life for the U.S.A. to have one boxing commissioner to do the job and do it right, instead of each state having its own, with every fight being judged differently and I must say, very confusing to everyone. So I know he too is very much behind you in your great undertaking.
MRS. ANTHONY L. STECKEL JR.
Lancaster, Pa.

CONTINUE TO OBLIGE
Sirs:
Please continue your efforts to clean up boxing we all love so well. There is more than just a story here—there's principle, obligation You have the reports the medium, the honesty, decency and even obligation to help correct the future of boxing for future Americans.
R. TORER
Newark, O.

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