STOPS FOR THOUGHT
Whoever selected the best of the "all-round college athletes" obviously chose men from different geographic locations to please the masses and thereby neglected some of the true greats ("With Terry You Stop and Think," Oct. 16). For instance, only one man, Pat Richter of Wisconsin, was named from the Big Ten area. It is ridiculous to have this superb sports area as good as neglected. The University of Michigan, for example, has two candidates who should rate mention. They are Bennie McRae (swift halfback and All-America candidate who is also the Big Ten low-and high-hurdles champion) and Scott Maentz (first man in Michigan history ever to letter in football, basketball and tennis the same year. He is a football end, basketball forward and led tennis to a Big Ten championship).
Ann Arbor, Mich.
You insult not only your readers but at least half a dozen athletes who are more deserving than Terry Baker.
How could you possibly bypass Detroit's big "Double D" Dave DeBusschere?
FORREST SIBURT JR.
Baker is not yet in the same class as Idaho's Reginald Carolan or Texas' Jimmy Saxton.
DR. C. L. CHEHEY
Why wasn't Lance Alworth included? He runs the 100 in 9.6 and plays college baseball, and the people here in Arkansas think he is a great back.
Mike Hunter of Missouri?
I agree: Terry Baker is definitely the best all-round college athlete.
New York City
Your Mr. Wright should be commended for his fine article (Bang Goes the Shotgun, Oct. 16), but he neglected to mention how the 49ers fared against our Green Bay Packers. The shotgun offense has been about as effective as a BB gun. As the Packers have shown on five consecutive Sundays now, the old T formation, run as Bart Starr does it, is pretty rough to beat.
JACK H. HANSON
For sure the shotgun will soon backfire. And if it does, poor Coach Hickey will have to think of another ridiculous pattern.
Drexel Hill, Pa.
The shot of Cletis Boyer stopping Cincinnati Pinch Hitter Dick Gernert's eighth-inning hard bouncer for the third out in the first game of the World Series was one of the two best action pictures I have ever seen (The Yankees' Stoppers, Oct. 16). Oddly enough, the other one was an action shot of his brother, Ken Boyer, taken in an All-Star Game which you covered a few years back (SI, July 23, 1956).
FRANK E. SULLIVAN
South Bend, Ind.
Roy Terrell's Supercharged Entry in the AFL (Oct. 23) really hit the nail on the head.
San Diego has a football team, and we in Los Angeles (sob) have a thing called future draft choices, who can't run, pass or block any better than the bums they have now.
The horrible part is that it's going to get worse.
A. R. (Russ) BISSITT
The letter from Dave Pearlman of White Bear, Minn. (19th HOLE, Oct. 16) really riled my southern composure with his statement that "America's best football is played outside of the South."
GUY DOBBS JR.
It's a lie.
LEO J. MONTALBANO
As far as big Michigan teams go, I have seen southern high school teams that play a rougher game of football than they do—and I'm from Michigan.
Whoa, there, Roy Terrell. The "most famous college fight song ever written" (Hope Revives in South Bend, Oct. 9)? Did you ever hear a number called Boola Boola? Lord Geoffrey Amherst? Victors of Michigan? The Orange and the Black? Shall I go on?
It would be a blessing to the sports fan if there were only one (or even no) George Preston Marshall (All Alone by the Telephone, Oct. 16). Unfortunately, several like him come to mind. They all have one thing in common: they are much too busy counting the house to pay any attention to the quality of the merchandise.
HENRY H. SCHMID
The photo of the picketing Nazis puts Mr. Marshall in appropriate company.
Congratulations, Stewart Udall.
Miami Beach, Fla.