I myself am an Alpine skier and was on two Olympic Alpine teams, and I am, of course, pleased with all the glamour and notoriety Alpine skiing gets today. But in all honesty, I feel that Bower's accomplishment was bigger than Killy's.
Behind every winner in the course of sports there is a loser. It is easy, in my opinion, to be a good sportsman when you win, but it is much harder when you lose. First of all, a loser must accept the fact that he was defeated and is No. 2. Second, in the future people will remember who was No. 1, but they will more than likely have to resort to a sport record book to find out who came in second.
I believe one of the most famous losers, who was really a winner, is Roberto de Vicenzo. Because of an error on his score-card, he was dropped from his rightful place on top of the Masters. Therefore your Sportsman of the Year award should go to Roberto, who quietly accepted the rules and went down to defeat.
I would like to nominate Dan Gurney for Sportsman of the Year. He has emerged as the premiere racing car designer, builder and driver in the United States. His Eagle cars are the favorite on the USAC championship trail. They finished 1-2-4 at the Indianapolis 500 this year, and Dan finished a strong second using an engine modified to his own design. Although continually plagued by bad luck, Gurney has demonstrated the courage and stamina to compete and win in the world's most dangerous sport.
My nominee for Sportsman of the Year is still a toss-up between Al Kaline and Floyd Patterson. I choose Kaline because, after 16 years of waiting, he proved that he was not a World Series fluke. On the contrary, he showed everyone the great fielding and batting skills that have been his trademark ever since the Tigers brought him into the American League.
I choose Mr. Patterson because he has never given up in his quest to do what no man has ever done before—win the heavyweight crown three times.
I hope you will consider my choices when you pick the man you feel is best fitted for this honor.
New York City
Earl Morrall has made one of the great comebacks. While leading the Baltimore Colts to a fine season, he has compiled an outstanding record. He has shown sportsmanship while under great pressure. For these reasons, and others, we nominate Earl Morrall as Sportsman of the Year.
REID B. WEINBROM
Either you select Arthur Ashe as Sportsman of the Year or I cancel my father's subscription.