SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: OFF THE BENCH AND PUNCHING
Congratulations to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on its fine and wise selection of Stan Musial as Sportsman of the Year (SI, Dec. 23)!
Mr. O'Neil did justice to Stan's ultrasuperior abilities in his wonderful article.
Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron can all speak of their own accomplishments but don't own the combination of durability, temperateness, unflagging team support and Christian manliness that characterizes Stan Musial.
With reference to your selection of Sportsman of the Year 1957—"This was your finest hour."
No one in the field of sports exemplifies fair play and all-round sportsmanship more than does Stan the Man.
H. P. HALLOCK
It was the best choice; the only choice. Well done.
BROTHER JOHN NIEMIETZ, C.S.C.
HUNGARIAN ATHLETES: TOWARD THE 1960 OLYMPICS
I read with interest the letter in 19th HOLE (Jan. 6) from the Hungarian National Olympic Team. I thought your readers would like to know that the Santa Clara Valley Youth Village track team has just hired the great Hungarian track coach, Mihaly Igloi, to train our distance runners. As you probably know, Igloi's trained runners have broken 19 world records. We are confident that Mr. Igloi can do equally well with our S.C.V.Y.V. boys and will field a distance-running team which will give the Russians a real battle in the 1960 Olympics.
The S.C.V.Y.V. has also persuaded Laszlo Tabori, who broke the four-minute mile under Igloi's coaching, to join our club. Jim Lea, the great USC quarter-miler and world record holder, is also here. In addition to these two runners, Tom Courtney and Arnie Sowell have expressed an interest in working with Coach Igloi. With this nucleus we hope to stimulate a revival of interest in middle-distance running which will enable the United States to dominate these events, for the first time, in the next Olympics.
The hiring of Igloi and the expansion of our track program will call for a larger budget. The Youth Village would sincerely welcome contributions from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED readers who share our interest in the development of outstanding American middle- and long-distance runners.
WALTER E. SCHMIDT, S.J.
Santa Clara, Calif.
?The editors heartily applaud Father Schmidt for giving these fine Hungarian athletes the opportunity to take root in their adopted country and to make their individually unique contribution to sport. The Santa Clara Valley Youth Village was founded by Father Schmidt in 1944 to provide recreation facilities for the community's young people. Over the years it has become a highly successful community project with a $300,000 clubhouse and a wide program of sports and recreation. Five years ago, members of the San Francisco Olympic Club track team asked Father Schmidt to sponsor a track team. Although, as always, hard pressed for money, Father Schmidt agreed and the team flourished so successfully that two of its members, High Jumper Vern Wilson and Pole Vaulter George Mattos, made the 1956 U.S. Olympic squad. With the addition of Igloi and Tabori to the Youth Village team, it is quite possible that it will be a real United States track power by next year.