Fast-pitch is anything but extinct here in the Hudson Valley.
Hyde Park, N.Y.
Sure, Eric Heiden was great, the Olympic hockey team was exciting, and Bjorn Borg is the best in the business. But after reading about George Brett, I have no doubts. Whether he hits .420 or .300, he's got my nomination for Sportsman of the Year.
My definition of Sportsman of the Year would be very simple: the man who most influenced his sport over the past year. Accordingly, Billy Martin should be chosen. No one else has influenced the Oakland A's or baseball the way Martin has.
Bill Veeck's impact on baseball during the past 30 years is legendary. It would be a fitting tribute to award him this honor.