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
Congratulations on honoring Johnny Podres with the title Sportsman of the Year.
Johnny was the principal character in 1955's World Series, which was turned
from a possible record-book Series into a storybook Series.
My congratulations on naming Johnny Podres Sportsman of the Year. You've never
made a better choice.
I would like to congratulate you on your wonderful story and cover of Sportsman
of the Year Johnny Podres. I have been following his career ever since he
appeared in his first game against the Giants.
I have read many
stories on him, but the one that appeared in SI January 2 was the best I have
ever read and the picture on your cover was the only one I have seen that
really looks like him.
College Point, N.Y.
Phooey on your selection of Johnny Podres as Sportsman of the Year. To select a
flash in the pan, paprikaed with luck, over at least a dozen worthy contestants
is to me just a sentimental lost weekend. If it were not for your reputation
for 14-carat fairness, I would say the contest was rigged.
How can you do this? Johnny Podres was not even the best player on his team,
let alone his league. Granted he is a fine young pitcher and had a great day
against the Yanks. However, you can hardly compare his performance with those
of Howard Cassady, Otto Graham, Tony Trabert, Yogi Berra, Ted Kluszewski, Cary
Middlecoff, Bill Russell, Tom Gola, Bob Cousy and Don Campbell among others,
all of whom deserved the award more.
I like reading
your fine magazine but this is an outrage.
MARTIN CHARLES SPECHLER
When I saw your choice for the Sportsman of the Year I was baffled. I don't
understand how you could bestow such an honor for only one very well-pitched
game of baseball.
The length of
time something takes doesn't matter. I agreed with your selection of Roger
Bannister although what he did took less than four minutes. That was something
man has been striving toward for many years. The World's Championship of
Baseball is won every year and Podres wasn't even a .500 pitcher!