Your Sportsman of the Year article (Jan. 7) was a very appealingly human account of the more pertinent points of interest about Terry Baker. I enjoyed this more than any of the numerous stories about Terry I have read this year.
Author Wright did not endeavor to equate him with a Greek god, as has been the tendency here in the Pacific Northwest. Rather, the author recognized that overdone superlatives were not necessary, as this scholar-athlete's achievements speak for themselves.
A reader is likely to be even more inclined to wish for a chance to talk to Terry than to watch him perform.
Thank you for such a wonderful article. I agree that the future of Terry Baker "is full of exciting promise."
EARLE E. JACOBS III
Your choice of Baker is absurd. No matter how brilliant the feats of a college athlete, he can never be compared to the professional or amateur sportsman who is meeting the best in the world in his field. Baker was playing against mediocre football players, most of whom will never be heard of again. To rate Baker, for all his prowess, above such accomplished athletes as Arnold Palmer, Valeri Brumel, Murray Rose, Peter Snell, Emile Griffith, Jim Taylor and Maury Wills—to name just a few—is without doubt the laugh of the year.
Terry Baker is indeed a fine athlete and a credit to the sports world, but 1962 belonged to Sonny Liston.
PETER A. MOUND
New York City
There is no question in anyone's mind of the fact that Terry Baker of Oregon State is deserving of the fine tribute paid to him in your Sportsman of the Year award. However, I cannot agree with your statement that he is "the first college football player in all the years of the game to be so unanimously decorated." Is it possible that in four short years you could have forgotten the Heisman Trophy winner, All-America halfback and scholar from the United States Military Academy, Peter Dawkins?
"The first college player to be so decorated"? What about Baker's physical and spiritual twin, Pete Dawkins, Army '59?
New York City
?Like Terry Baker, Army's outstanding scholar-athlete Pete Dawkins won both the Heisman and Maxwell awards and was named to most of the major All-America teams. However, Dawkins' year of glory was 1958, when LSU's Billy Cannon stole some of the show as leading candidate for player of the year honors.—ED.
What must Stan Musial do to merit mention in your magazine? In recent years he has broken scores of league records, and I am unaware of any feature article you've devoted to him.