SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: THE PATIENT CHAMP
If SI's Sportsman of the Year is to be judged on courage, skill and sincerity, then please let me nominate Carmen Basilio, world's welterweight champion. He has exhibited all of these qualities in his patient waiting for a crack at the champ, and then by whipping him decisively in their first bout here in Syracuse. Only three days ago he proved his greatness by knocking out DeMarco again, after taking the best blows Tony could dish out.
OTTO THE GREAT
In my estimation Otto Graham should be '55's Sportsman of the Year. Graham, the great Cleveland Brown quarterback, came out of retirement from a profitable business when the Browns' hopes looked dim. And as usual, he led the Browns to the championship. Without doubt Otto the Great deserves it.
NO ONE BUT...
In my mind there can be but one choice for SI's Sportsman of the Year. That is Ohio State's outstanding All-America, Howard (Hopalong) Cassady.
ROGER LAUREN LUNDBLAD
THAT RELAXED AMATEUR
To me a sportsman is by definition not a man who gains his livelihood from sport. Sportsman and amateur are synonymous to most of us, which is one reason we applauded your choice of Roger Bannister last year. Let me nominate (it appears to be a reader's privilege) my own sportsman: Billy Joe Patton, the wonderful amateur golfer. True enough, Billy Joe did not set the course on fire this year, but just watching the man at play and reading about his relaxed attitude has meant more to me than all the sawdust heroics of the pros.
If Marciano isn't going to be SI's Sportsman of the Year, you deserve to be put in the ring against him.
Congratulations on your Grey Cup pictures (SI, Dec. 5). To a transplanted Scot in this lusty Canada it was heartwarming to see its major sporting event receive some southern recognition.
On Saturday, November 26, two great football games were played in North America. One was the Army-Navy classic and the other was the Grey Cup game. Your magazine gave a wonderful coverage of the former but all that was to be seen of the latter were some pictures of the various curvaceous cuties and colorful characters that viewed the cup (WONDERFUL WORLD, Dec. 5).
Your subscribers might like to know just where such American greats as Tom Dublinsky, J. C. Caroline, John Bright or Bill Albright are playing now. They might like to know of Sam Etcheverry who completed 30 out of 39 passes in the Grey Cup series to set a new record.
Yes, football has become a great game in Canada and we feel we were slighted when there was no write-up in your magazine.
MASTER SERGEANT B. HARRISON
The writer assumes that SI has wide circulation in Canada and under the circumstances it was logical to anticipate a good description of the annual Grey Cup football game which is Canada's greatest sports event.