I wish to nominate the following three athletes to share this year's award as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Sportsman of the Year:
Joe Bellino, who gained more than half of Navy's total rushing yardage, scored 110 points and led Navy to an 8-1 season in football;
Herb Elliott, who crushed his opponents and set a new world record in the Olympic 1,500-meter race, proving to any doubters that he is the world's greatest miler; and
Arnold Palmer, whose fabulous finishes carried him to victory in eight major tournaments and helped him set a record for earnings ($73,716.19) on the official golf tournament circuit.
DAVID H. McCLINTOCK JR.
IRON MEN, GLASS SHIPS
I have read Carleton Mitchell's article on fiber-glass boats (Mold of the Future, Nov. 28), and I must say I can't agree with his conclusions that good old white oak frames and Honduras mahogany planking are doomed to extinction.
To me, a longtime sailor, the new fiberglass boats are just what they represent—synthetic.
R. F. COOPER
New Britain, Conn.
Mitch says, "Four years ago, when the fledgling plastic boat industry was first establishing itself, not a single ocean racer of fiber glass existed, nor was there a glass inboard power cruiser of comparable size."
May I bring to Mr. Mitchell's attention that the 42-foot auxiliary ketch Arion, designed by A. Sidney de W. Herreshoff and built by us, was launched May 15, 1951. Arion won second place in the spring Off Soundings Races that year and in 1953 was raced from Newport to Annapolis by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, by whom she is still owned and actively sailed to the best of my knowledge. Arion at this time was publicized as the largest one-piece fiber-glass molding in the world.
W. J. H. DYER
President, The Anchorage, Inc.
Doesn't Mr. Mitchell know about the important postwar revolution in wooden-boat hull material—the light, tough marine plywoods, with the proved virtues of wood strength and resiliency, sound absorption, vibration-cushioning and natural flotation?
ROBERT N. THOMPSON
ATHLETES AND DRUGS
In Our Drug-happy Athletes (Nov 21) you state that "Although they [amphetamines] are sold at retail only on prescription, any person (of any age) can write a pharmaceutical jobber or wholesale house, give a name that sounds like a legitimate drugstore, include the cash and wait for the pills to arrive."