Thank you for Barbara La Fontaine's story, "He's Just Got That Look" (April 26). At last we can see Sonny Liston as a person capable of having feelings and displaying emotions. Your discerning article certainly is a departure from the image so commonly put forth by the majority of the press.
H. L. SIEGEL
Three well-deserved cheers for a magnificent article on Sonny Liston. Sure, everyone knows Sonny has faults, which are hidden in this heart-warming story, but let's face it, who doesn't? Win or lose, Sonny Liston is still the true heavyweight champ in my book.
I'm 14 years old, and I think people my age need a champion we respect. Before this article I could not respect Sonny Liston, because I thought he was a drunk and a person who had no respect for the law. After reading this article I realize what kind of a person he really is, and I do respect him.
South San Francisco
I would like to thank SI and Barbara La Fontaine for bringing to light the true nature of a misrepresented and misinterpreted man.
Bowling Green, Ohio
THE HOMES OF THE BRAVES
Thank you for your moving article on the "passing" of our Milwaukee Braves (Leave Us Eddie Mattress, April 26). The wistful look on the face of the old lady who has been attending Opening Day games of the Brewers and the Braves in Milwaukee for 50 years reflects the feelings of all of us diehard Brave fans. That face mirrored the many pleasant memories of happier years and the fond hope that someone will come to Milwaukee's rescue in this outrageous situation before it is too late.
JAN T. SCHOLLER
Thirteen years ago I was a young fan of the Boston Braves. When they left town my heart went to Milwaukee with them. There could never be another Spahn, and even Ted Williams could not match the potential of a young third baseman named Mathews. Now once again the Braves are packing. Mr. McHale's decision to move his traveling road show has done what 12 years of absence could not do: the Braves are no longer my team and baseball is no longer my sport. Mr. Perini had a legitimate reason to move in 1953. Boston could not support two teams, and the Braves were clearly the one to go. However the situation in Milwaukee is different. The fact that a team has a couple of poor years at the gate is not reason enough to move, especially in view of last year's rejuvenation.
Someday the glamor will wear off in Atlanta. The team will drop in the standings, and the fans will stay home. I don't know what Mr. McHale will do then. For the first time since they left they are not even welcome back in Boston.
Why is everyone feeling so sorry for Milwaukee? The Braves have played there for only 12 years. They played in Boston for over 75 years, and when they decided to move to Milwaukee hardly a word was spoken in protest. But now Milwaukee is screaming foul because the Braves have decided to move again. It is really only poetic justice; they should not have had the Braves in the first place.
However, neither the Boston Brave fans nor the Milwaukee Brave fans should be pitied as much as the Atlanta fans. Atlanta has gotten hold of the most cruel, heartless, money-mad and, now, the most hated team in baseball—a team that will move, disregarding all its loyal fans, as soon as the attendance falls below one million.
It will be the Atlanta Braves in 1966, but will it be the same in 1976? I doubt it.