In a time of inflated salaries and inflated egos, there remains one athlete who has set an example for youngsters and adults. After having perhaps the greatest season of any modern day pitcher last year, he unselfishly moved to the bullpen in an effort to help his team. Ron Guidry truly merits the award.
DANIEL D. CAVE
In glancing over the list of past Sportsmen, I noticed that the award has never been given posthumously. Perhaps this year should be different. Walter O'Malley typified the word sportsman. He helped promote baseball to the popularity it enjoys today and built the Los Angeles Dodgers into one of the most successful organizations in American sports. Although the award will probably go to someone like Carl Yastrzemski, Sebastian Coe, Renaldo Nehemiah or Bjorn Borg, men who have been great in their respective sports, maybe, just once, the award should go to someone who made his sport great.