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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
November 03, 1969
TIME WELL SPENTSirs:To those who feel that God is dead, may I submit for their consideration that He is truly alive and well? He merely took a leave of absence and has been spending His time in the home-team locker room at Shea Stadium!JAY PINTOBurlington, N.J.
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November 03, 1969

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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The bread-and-butter back of the Rams this season has consistently been this 21-year-old from Florida, and the Rams could be a superteam in 1969. However, in this day of the Broadway Joe attitude among athletes, it is no wonder that Smith, whose teammates have nicknamed him Silent Larry, has received so little publicity in SI. His is a quiet performance on the field.
CYRIL A. JACKSON
Santa Monica, Calif.

Sirs:
Your article was interesting, although to me it seemed incomplete. How was it possible to omit professional football's future 60-minute player, Leroy Keyes of the Philadelphia Eagles?
JOHN WHITESIDE
Cheltenham, Pa.

MR. HOCKEY
Sirs:
Congratulations are in order for your article on Gordie Howe, who has been, is now and always will be the greatest NHL player (Stadiums Aren't for Sleeping, Oct. 20). He is the Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb of hockey. When at a Detroit Red Wing home game Alex Delvecchio was being honored for reaching the 1,000-point level, no mention at all was made that Gordie Howe is about to reach the 1,000-assist level. This puts Howe almost 700 points ahead of Delvecchio. And Bobby Hull couldn't come near Howe even if he had five 50-goal seasons. Gordie Howe is the king, and the young "superstars" respect him as Mr. Hockey.
GARY PARKER
Harper Woods, Mich.

Sirs:
Every sport has had a number of superstars. However, no man has ever dominated a sport for so long and with such brilliance as Gordie Howe. I would like to nominate Howe for more than Sportsman of the Year; he deserves the honor of Sportsman of the Century.
MICHAEL SCHROEDER
Plymouth, Mich.

SPORTSMEN
Sirs:
My nomination for Sportsman of the Year, or should I say Sportsmen, are the amazing New York Mets. Now all us Charlie Browns have a chance.
CLARITA DE LA GARZA
Elgin, Ill.

Sirs:
I am proud to nominate for Sportsman of the Year Tom Seaver. And Cleon Jones. Jim Turner. Willis Reed, Matt Snell, Agee, DeBusschere, Swoboda....

Not to mention, of course, Super Broadway Joe Willie Namath. And Kooz, Maynard....

Too bad Baltimore doesn't have an NHL team.
DAVID A. HARMIN
Brooklyn

Sirs:
My nomination is Gil Hodges. He earned it by leading a ninth-place team to the world championship.
STEVE FREY
Pittsburgh

Sirs:
For Sportsman of the Year, the most consistent performer in victory or defeat, with a broken nose or gimpy leg; the inspiration that vaulted the Los Angeles Lakers to a near miss—Jerry West.
ROBERT L. PROCHASKA
East Dubuque, Ill.

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