- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Track and field is currently undergoing a dynamic and dramatic change, and Jim Ryun is the pacesetter of the new breed of athletes who are spearheading this change. Contributors to this revolution with Ryun are Gerry Lindgren, Randy Matson and Bob Seagren—to name just a few.
The records will continue to fall as these dedicated athletes continue their pursuit of excellence. They train long and hard, and they know no artificial barriers of the mind. Gone are the four-minute mile, the 60-foot shotput, the seven-foot high jump and the 16-foot pole vault. We are just now learning what the human body can do. It is a startling and wonderful revelation. If we maintain this attitude (and I believe we shall), we will, indeed, witness the sub-3:30 mile.
?As a former two-mile record holder and the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile indoors, letter writer Beatty has done some world-shaking himself.—ED.
However, one fact that interests me and that was not reported by Gwilym Brown relates to Ryun's age. Surely no other runner has held the coveted world-mile record at the young age of 19. Right or wrong?
?Right. Herb Elliott, who was 20 when he set the record in 1958, is the second youngest.—ED.
ONE MAN'S FANCY
I am, simply, a fan whose love for baseball dates back to my first visit to the Polo Grounds in 1933. I have no official connection with the game in any way. However, many years ago I began to wonder how the schedules were prepared, and as a hobby and an exercise in logistics I began voluntarily to try my own hand at the job. Naively I wrote to the two leagues each year to offer my handiwork, honest in my belief that I had found ways to avoid some of the anomalies that Leggett has noted.