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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
January 16, 1956
THE GREATEST Sirs: I just finished reading The Year, the Moment, and Johnny Podres (SI, Jan. 2) and it was like reliving that greatest of days last October. A big pat on the back for a very fine and moving article. That young man Johnny is truly the greatest sportsman of 1955 for he gave me my greatest sports thrill and all the rest of the world's baseball fans, too, I'm sure. Mrs. ARNOTT (PAT) DUNCAN Phoenix, Ariz.
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January 16, 1956

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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One game doesn't make a man the leader of the sports world in which there are so many great athletes. I believe you have made a very grave mistake.
L. RUSHFIELD
Brooklyn, N.Y.

WITH EQUAL JUSTICE
Sirs:
Podres' World Series performance entitled him to be nominated Sportsman of the Week, perhaps, but not of the entire sports year. With equal justice you might have chosen a horse that won just one race, a boxer with only one KO to his credit or a football back who made only one spectacular run.

I picture the Man of the Year as having been consistently outstanding, under pressure and in the doldrums.
F. A. HARDING
New Brunswick, N.J.

MEMORIES OF '55
Sirs:
The year 1955 will always be remembered as the year of the four great Hungarian distance runners, led by Iharos. Their records and performances (especially in the four-mile relay) are beyond my approach.
KENNETH M. GORSHKOW
Seattle, Wash.

PATS AND PROTESTS
Sirs:
Are you sure you are not letting politics interfere with sports? If you are, shame on you. Suppose Sandor Iharos had hailed from Witherbee, N.Y., what then? I will bet $5 towards the Olympic Fund that this time your selection will bring more protests than pats on the back, provided of course that no Flatbush Avenue opinions are counted. Anyway, your magazine is great and in a class all by itself.
DON N. PENIDO
Clifton, N.J.

?So far the protests have it by a slim margin—ED.

ASSIST
Sirs:
You once again gave valuable assistance to the cause of college soccer (E & D, Dec. 26). It is gratifying to see a publication as large as yours give the type of coverage the college soccer enthusiasts have been crying for so long.
JOHN MCKEON
University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, Conn.

ANOTHER PLAN FOR SOCCER
Sirs:
EVENTS & DISCOVERIES' "A Plan for Soccer" (SI, Dec. 26) may be the answer to part of the game's overall problems, particularly the collegiate angle, in the U.S.

I wanted to let you know that the next annual meeting of the professional American League in July will include this item on the agenda.

All of the advantages you named are certainly true and in addition you could have mentioned ideal weather conditions. We in the pro game are coming to the conclusion that fans are not going to attend our games in cold wintry weather so there is no sense playing during this period of the year.

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