•They were walleyes.—ED.
I have read the letters in your latest issues and I can't believe some of the candidates proposed for SI's 1978 Sportsman of the Year award. There's only one person who deserves the award, Tom Sneva, two-time USAC driving champion.
Francis Tarkenton is having the best year of his career.
Charleston, W. Va.
This has been the year of the team, and the most outstanding team is the 1978 New York Yankees.
Why not give bowlers some long overdue recognition? This year Mark Roth has won more money and more tournaments than any other bowler in history. He deserves to be Sportsman.
LOST AT SEA
That was a great story by H. Marvin Bird (A Long Time Between Beers, Nov. 13) regarding his and Bill Knorr's ordeal. What is left out is the fact that the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force and the San Diego County Sheriffs Department (the agency responsible for coordinating searches for U.S. citizens south of the California border) were all completely amazed that these two men survived the 11 days at sea. Marv made it sound almost easy, almost routine. It wasn't. Very few people would have survived such an experience. Knorr, for example, lost a total of 49 pounds.
Marv and Bill were located on the last pass of the last day the government agencies planned to search. Civilian planes were calling it quits, too. Paul Palmquist, George Morales and I (three friends and business associates of Bird and Knorr) also had searched from my Aero Commander. We had given up hope but planned to come back the next day to continue to search alone. As we were clearing customs in Calexico, we learned of the rescue. I'll bet that customs officer still remembers three grown men crying so hard with relief and joy that they could not see to fill out the forms.
Indian Wells, Calif.