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
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.
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.