APES IN THE IVY
Dick Kazmaier hits the spot in his Open Letter to a College President (Oct. 14), but not hard enough. Athletic "scholarships" are awarded and continued primarily for athletic performance of a certain level. Thus they make their recipients professional athletes, as I think the law, conscience and a sensitive Olympic committee will concur. If a group of sportsmen to whom the Olympics means more than a skirmish in the Cold War would sue next time a genuine amateur is kept off the U.S. squad by a paid ape, this problem could be brought into the open. In football it is finally getting through to the paying customer that the Big Ten kind of game is simply the bush league of pro ball; Ivy League football is a genuine college sport.
PROFESSOR MICHAEL SCRIVEN
I agree with Princeton's Dick Kazmaier in principle and I admire his school spirit, but I find his smug self-righteousness more than a little nauseating. Perhaps they will be doomed to utter failure, but I fear my three sons will have to survive in this cruel world without exposure to Old Nassau.
In SCORECARD ("Image Recaptured," Sept. 30) you mentioned that Mme. Tussaud's had abandoned a plan to model Sonny Liston.
I can assure you a fearsome, life-size model of Sonny is in there on display for any tourist, such as I, to see. It is standing right next to & petit Ingemar Johansson.
•One model of Liston, made from photographs, is indeed on display (see right), but Mme. Tussaud's hoped Sonny would pose for a new effigy when he was in London. "His hands are quite fascinating," a spokesman said, "bigger than most people's feet. We couldn't find a suitable stand-in here."—ED.
The arguments about whether the first indoor football game was played in 1934 or 1935 are meaningless (19TH HOLE, Oct. 14), because the first indoor game was actually played even earlier. Temple University played it in Convention Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. around 1930. I believe their opponent was Penn Military College. There were six inches of dirt on the concrete floor, as it was being used for polo.
Just to set the record straight about who invented indoor football, City College met New York Pharmacy in what was then the Dickel Riding Academy at 116th Street and 11th Avenue on January 12, 1900. The Beavers, then called the St. Nicks, won 25-0 behind the coaching of John F. Condon, the famous "Jafsie" of the Lindbergh kidnap case.
New York City
There were several indoor games before 1934. In 1930 a regulation football field was set up in the Atlantic City Auditorium for a game between Lafayette and Washington and Jefferson. In 1890 Amos Alonzo Stagg brought a team from Springfield Training School to play against some All-Stars from Yale in New York's Madison Square Garden.
C. L. MAXEY
Webster Groves, Mo.
In your Sept. 30 issue you presented an article (Why Can't We Beat This Girl?) about the shortage of women in track and field. Your readers might be interested to know that it is against the regulations of Wyoming's High School Athletic Association for any girl in a public high school to compete against a girl from another school in the state, if she is representing her school. Consequently, we can't promote any competition outside of intramurals.
•High school athletic associations in many other states—among them, Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin—have similar restrictions concerning inter-scholastic team competition for girls.—ED.
The author of your article on the shortage of competent women athletes has missed an important point: athletic programs for our girls and women have been hampered by the mid-Victorian thinking of many groups within our own country.
The AAU has always been in favor of appropriate women's sports. However, eyebrows were raised in 1922 when the AAU officially espoused women's sports by adding women's swimming and track and field to our complement of men's sports.
Every girl cannot be an Olympic champion, but with the enthusiasm of the nation behind an all-out physical fitness effort the natural result will be an increasingly larger number of girls turning to organized competitive athletics.
LOUIS J. FISHER
President, Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S.
High Point, N.C.
Oklahoma football is the most overrated product since Mussolini's navy (Texas Makes It Look Simple, Oct. 21). The myth of Oklahoma supremacy was born largely during a time when Bud Wilkinson was undefeated in 74 straight conference games. This record proves only that he was in a weak conference.
Wilkinson's Okies can't play ball with Texas and ought to be recognized as the overrated squad they are and have been.
W. A. CURRY
I've conceived a plan whereby Oklahoma might reverse the disastrous Cotton Bowl trend. I propose that all University of Oklahoma alumni clubs in Texas launch an offensive to draft Darrell Royal as candidate for vice-president of the U.S. Get him nominated and elect him. Get the guy out of Austin!
After all, if the U.S. Senate is good enough for Bud Wilkinson, or vice versa, what better or more ironical arrangement than to have Royal as the presiding officer—a position to which he has become accustomed!
Grand Junction, Colo.
SKIDS AND SKATES
Thank you! Thank you! In your Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 issues you have had excellent articles on Grand Prix racing (Big Day for Clarkhunters at The Glen) and, in particular, Jimmy Clark (None So Swift as Wee Jimmy). Clark, as he showed at Indianapolis, is a more skillful driver than most of our heroes. When we Americans realize this, maybe our precious oval racetracks will be converted to skating rinks, while our car races will be held on challenging courses where the driver counts as much as the car.
HOME AND HOME
Pity Al Zipperer of Lakeland. The guy scored three touchdowns and only got 12 points. Why? Just the math department's slide-rule calculations at Lakeland College after that bizarre football "game" played when two Wisconsin schools scheduled their Homecoming games the same day with each other. Rather than disappoint anybody, you remember they wound up playing the game half in Sheboygan (Lakeland) one night and half in Milton the next night (SCORECARD, Oct. 7).
Lakeland won the first half by 25-13 at home, then lost the next by 6-0—so, by prearrangement, the whole thing was called a tie in the Gateway Conference standings. And, since they had also agreed to prorate statistics, the math boys got busy and calculated things on the basis of 11/15 of a game inasmuch as they played only 11-minute instead of 15-minute quarters, which accounts for the four-point TDs.
One Lakeland player bulled for 165 yards in 29 carries—but the slide-rule boys gave him only 112 yards in 20 rushes for the two nights' work.
SONNY IN WAX