In his many years with the University of Michigan he has consistently been an outstanding coach both in games won and in the character he has built in the young men who have played for him.
LOREN T. ROBINSON
My nomination is the incomparable Bob Pettit. Last season, just recovering from a broken wrist, he went into the final game of the World Series of basketball and almost beat the fabulous Boston Celtics singlehanded, scoring 50 record-shattering points. Because of the Bombardier from Baton Rouge the Hawks are the champions of the world. I think when a man reaches the top of any business he deserves the respect of everyone.
GARY D. FOX
Rock Hill, Mo.
Ray Robinson. His second fight with Carmen Basilio clearly showed that he is the greatest middleweight of all time.
Van Nuys, Calif.
For quality of effort and manner of striving, I nominate the crew of Vim.
Never has anyone worked harder than they in striving for the honor of defending the America's Cup. And yet, after the hard-fought match races, the entire crew of Vim was waiting on shore for the members of Columbia to cheer them and wish them well in the race against Sceptre.
One has only to read the Sept. 22 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to know the profound impression this created. Contributing Editor Carleton Mitchell summed it up by writing: "Never had a group more distinguished itself in defeat than the Vim organization." And he concluded with: "Sportsmanship can rise to no higher levels."
RUTH B. SIMMONS
West Barrington, R.I.
McDANIEL: SHOOT WHERE YOU LOOK
Lucky McDaniel might obtain an explanation for his Shooting by Instinct (SI, Oct. 20) from Mr. Robert Churchill, the grand old man of the shotgun in England (not to be confused with Winston) and the sponsor of the XXV (25-inch-barrel shotgun).
Here is what Churchill has been saying for 40 years:
You will shoot exactly where you are looking: "Look at the bird.... Apparently you are shooting straight at the bird, but, unconsciously, you will be making all necessary allowances."
Robert Churchill and Lucky McDaniel arrived at the same extraordinary conclusion. Briefly paraphrased, here are their ideas—and they work: