Incidentally, the Rodgers- Frank Shorter duels have become somewhat one-sided of late. Since September of last year the two have competed nine times according to my count, with the standings now reading Rodgers 8, Shorter 1.
The American College Dictionary defines a sportsman as "one who exhibits qualities especially esteemed by those who engage in sports, such as, fairness, self-control etc." If you intend to select one man as Sportsman of the Year 1977 who truly fits this definition, I would like to nominate Willie McCovey. Your piece in the May 2 issue (I'll Come Home to You, Said Willie) was prophetic. Not only did McCovey play regularly and hit the ball consistently but he was also a great drawing card at home and on the road. When given "a day" on Sept. 18, he fittingly won the game with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth, driving in Derrel Thomas to break a 2-2 tie with the Cincinnati Reds. During the course of his day. he received about 10 minutes' worth of standing ovations from appreciative fans.
Think of what Baltimore Oriole Manager Earl Weaver accomplished with all the odds against him.
Rodney Cline Carew.
HENRY ELLIS BECK II
FRANK W. ZWYGART III
Since he certainly doesn't own his professional sports teams for the profit motive, and in view of his victory in the America's Cup, we nominate Ted Turner.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
I hope that serious thought will be given to the one big winner in 1977 who was also able to put it all in perspective—indeed, whose whole career has been one of putting it all in perspective: Al McGuire.
Arnold (Red) Auerbach.