In reading the 19TH HOLE in your Silver Anniversary Issue (Aug. 13), I noticed the first of the 1979 Sportsman of the Year nominations. Here is another, for a man who has always been one of my idols: Lou Brock.
Earl Weaver gets my vote.
KEITH D. SMITH JR.
For the ultimate in team effort, I nominate all of the Baltimore Orioles.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Webster's defines a sportsman as "a person who is fair and generous and a good loser and a graceful winner." As the football season comes and goes this year, I think you will find no man more deserving of the title Sportsman than Earl Campbell.
Kurt Thomas, for being the first American male since 1932 to win an international gymnastics event.
Bryan Allen did not break any world records, or win 30 games or bat .400. He did not ride a horse to the Triple Crown or lead his team to victory in the Super Bowl. He simply performed a feat no one had ever accomplished before: using only his own legs as a power source, he flew across the English Channel.
I know that Sir Roger Bannister was your first Sportsman of the Year and that Jack Nicklaus was your most recent, but who were the Sportsmen and Sportswomen in between? How about a listing?
I also nominate Sebastian Coe for your 1979 award. His remarkable performances in breaking the 800-meter, 1,500-meter and mile records definitely carry on the tradition established by your inaugural Sportsman.
South Gate, Calif.
•Here is the list.—ED.