ON THE BEACH
We thoroughly enjoyed every word of your write-up of Newport Beach, Calif. (Boom Beach on the Blue Pacific, Sept. 3). But one objection we have to your TRAVEL FACTS is the glaring omission of our most favorite place to eat—namely, the Crab-cooker—where, on weekends only, you will taste the best clam chowder ever made and eat fish cooked only on charcoal. We like the clam chowder so well that whenever we can manage a trip to Newport we take at least a gallon home with us on the plane.
MRS. MORRIS KAPLAN
I am especially glad you put the gremmies and ho-dads in their place. These two groups are the ones who give us true surfers at Newport Beach the bad name. Thanks for informing the public that surfing is not as bad a sport as it may appear.
Van Nuys, Calif.
You tell of news in Newport, R.I., Newport, Ky., and Newport, Calif. and speculate on the news in Newport, Ore. (SCORE-CARD, Sept. 3). But what about the Pennsylvania Newport? Please be advised that at that time a baseball team from Newport, Pa. qualified to play against Blain, Pa. in the final series of the Perry-Juniata League playoffs.
CARROLL F. PURDY JR.
President, Perry-Juniata League
New Bloomfield, Pa.
Something was happening in Newport, Ore. and you did miss it. An airborne party of 15 press and TV representatives landed at the Newport airport to preview the new Salishan Beach development on the Oregon coast. Salishan includes a par-challenging nine-hole golf course, complete with sand traps and ocean view.
September 16, 1962
Sorry you could not be with us.
Colonel Donald Hull's warning to high schools that athletes who participate in open competition not sanctioned by the AAU "will disqualify themselves from international competition" (SCORECARD, Sept. 10) is absurd. On a jurisdictional question the international body will not suspend all the high school track athletes in the U.S., and we do not believe that Colonel Hull acting for the AAU would either.
Chief Counsel, U.S. Track and Field
John Lovesey's article concerning Jim Beatty and the Los Angeles Track Club (The Summit Chase of an Organization Miler, Sept. 3) strangely enough seems to parallel Bobby Fischer's story concerning Russian domination of world chess (The Russians Have Fixed World Chess, Aug. 20). In each case we have a contestant in an individual sport who is helped to the top by his "team," leaving other contestants without such help to win titles or records on their own.
Are we not applying a double standard, both condemning and condoning the same practice, depending on who is involved?
After reading your excellent article on Jim Beatty and his "track army," which seems to be making an assault on every record from the mile to 5,000 meters, I couldn't help thinking that perhaps all this organization and pacesetting, etc., is a waste of time in the mile. It seems that when Peter Snell set his record in the mile he did it without the help of pacesetters. I believe that Beatty would reach his greatest height if he could race against Snell, using his brain as his only pacesetter.
THE GOOD NEW DAYS
It was gratifying to me to see in Stanley Frank's article on the modern baseball scene (What Ever Happened to Baseball? Aug. 27) acknowledgment in print of the vast superiority of today's ballplayers over those of "the good old days."
The fact is that the athletes of today are bigger, stronger, faster and better trained than their counterparts of yesteryear. The progress in track and field, which measures these skills directly, is ample proof of that. No one would say that the trackmen or swimmers or basketball or football players of 30 years ago were better than those of today. Why do we say so in baseball?
Even though we're practically awash with salty lore these America's Cup days, maybe you'll tell us what "maximum hull speed" means. I was on a 26-foot 4-inch racing keel sloop last weekend which seemed to whiz right along in a breeze of about seven knots. When I asked the skipper what his maximum speed would be in a brisk blow, suggesting 10 knots, he said, "Certainly not! We're only 19 feet on the waterline," which suggested to my simple mind that she'd have been faster if she'd been, let's say, 23 feet on the water. They say that a small boat will not be as fast as a big boat even though their proportions of weight, hull, shape and sail area are the same. Why not?
New York City
•In boats designed to sail in the water rather than skim over its surface the maximum speed attainable will increase as the length of the waterline increases. The great Nathanael Herreshoff figured the speed in knots of a displacement boat at 1.3 times the square root of the waterline length.—ED.
I should like to enlarge a bit about the "Bad Business" of high school football practice in August (SCORECARD, Sept. 3).
As background, I should explain that I am a general practitioner in a small town just 15 miles from Gillespie, Ill., where the 15-year-old boy I believe you had reference to died following the first practice session of his high school football team. I have been actively watching over and supervising the health-and-injury aspect and advising our high school athletic program for about 10 years, in addition to being a member of our school board, and I believe much of the blame heaped upon the game of football is wrongly placed, because it has been forced into the late summer by basketball. The latter sport is spread out to such an extent that high school athletes must finish football before the middle of November. Consequently, to make the schedule worthwhile the first football game must be played by the middle of September. This leaves less than two weeks of school for practice before the first game, and this is obviously too little time to condition the players, let alone teach them the game. The state high school athletic association therefore allows the coaches to start football workouts on a specific date, usually about one week before school opens. Thus practice always starts in hot, humid weather—which is responsible for most of these tragic deaths.
As preventive measures, I offer the following alternatives: 1) Move the earliest date to start basketball practice back a few weeks or 2) allow the coaches to start football workouts even earlier, so that the conditioning may be more gradual or 3) shorten the football schedule. These alternatives are, of course, in addition to careful physical examination before going out for practice, and elimination of the boys who are in such poor shape that the conditioning itself would be dangerous.
JAMES C. HAWKINS, M.D.
Your reference to the first fatality of the 1962 football season apparently refers to Edward Lucas, a 15-year-old St. Cecilia High School sophomore from Hackensack, N.J., who died recently at a preseason training camp from a cardiac malfunction due to secondary heat exhaustion.
You stated that it's "routine" in many schools to hold football practice in the middle of August. This may be so, but there is a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association rule that prohibits football practice before Sept. 1.
Conditions in high school sport are getting pretty low when a school bypasses a state athletic ruling and holds preseason training in another state. But that is just what happened (the camp was held at a Carmelite seminary in Hamilton, Mass.).
Long Branch, N.J.
I firmly believe that the reason our schools overemphasize their athletic teams is not solely because of so many misguided booster clubs, school boards and coaching staffs. The main fault stems from uninformed parents who pressure for a winning team.
JOHN E. SAUCIER
Your September 3 issue was crowded with events of interest to some of us here in Monroe, La. My family and I just returned from a most enjoyable stay at the Newporter Inn in Newport Beach (Boom Beach). Clifford Ann Creed (Golf Gels a Little Ben) is well known to Monroe golfers, as she has often participated in our local tournaments. And last but not least, Homero Blancas (The Fantastic Round of Happy Homero) won our annual Labor Day 72-hole Cotton States Tournament quite far ahead in a fast field for this size tournament.
Not often does a national publication have so much of interest in one issue for a single community of this size.
WALTER W. KELLOGG