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MEMO from the publisher
Sidney L. James
May 30, 1960
In the words of Cicero, "Nothing is harder to find than perfection," and in the words of Dante, "The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure."
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May 30, 1960

Memo From The Publisher

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In the words of Cicero, "Nothing is harder to find than perfection," and in the words of Dante, "The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure."

Our editors may have had some such ancient wisdom in mind when they began the series of instructional articles which has been a continuing feature of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. They knew, of course, that mortals are unlikely to achieve absolute perfection in any endeavor. But they also knew that, in sport, mastery of the finer points is essential to the participant who would increase his joy in participation and to the spectator who would enhance his pleasure in watching. It was for the seeker of perfection, both as doer and watcher, that they devised the series, which has ranged from How to Watch Football (SI, Sept. 21) to The Art of Wet-fly Fishing (March 28, et seq.). Now the articles, sport by sport, are to be gathered between the hard covers of separate volumes which, all together, will constitute The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Library. Published by J. B. Lippincott Company under the supervision of our editors, the Library, like the articles from which it derives, will combine the best experience of experts in their special fields with the best illustrations of leading sports artists. The first one, Sports Illustrated Book of Baseball ($2.75), was published this week. Other volumes, already in advanced stages of preparation and scheduled for publication later this year, include Small Boat Sailing, Dog Training, Horseback Riding, Football, Skiing and Tennis.

Among sport's seekers of perfection—and somewhere between the doers and the watchers—are our high school and college coaches, hundreds of whom will be seeking it at the annual coaching clinic at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, N.Y. from June 20 through 23. This year SPORTS ILLUSTRATED joins A. G. Spalding & Bros. as co-sponsor of the event, which concentrates on football and basketball. The faculty includes Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson, Washington's Jim Owens and Purdue's Jack Mollenkopf in football; California's (and the Olympic team's) Pete Newell, Navy's Ben Carnevale and the Celtics' Bill Sharman in basketball.

The curriculum is hard to match but the tuition is free. Coaches wishing information may write to Staff Writer Mervin Hyman, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, Rockefeller Center, New York 20, N.Y.

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