I find it easy to believe that this type of coaching will have a long-term effect on the character and happiness of Hewson, Bannister and the others, which will far exceed the glory of running a fast mile.
SCOREBOARD: THE VARE TROPHY
It's always good to see the girls in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, but, for the record, and to give proper credit to one of golf's greatest competitors, I would like to correct SCOREBOARD's Nov. 26 report that Marlene Bauer Hagge took "the Vare trophy for lowest average (74.57) for the second year." That average and that trophy belong to Patty Berg, this year and last year. Marlene led the women golfers in money winnings, but trailed Patty with a 74.74 average in competition.
Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
HOTBOX: THE BEST OF THEM ALL
Jim Lee Howell is quoted in HOTBOX (SI, Dec. 3) as saying that John Mellus was "missed" by the experts who select All-America grid teams.
Unless my memory is playing tricks, Mellus did make at least one All-America team, and that was the one I consider to have been the best of them all. I refer to the honored 11 chosen by the now-defunct New York Sun.
The Sun was almost uncanny in selecting college players who eventually made good in pro ball. Many of its selectees failed to make even honorable mention on some of the better-known and more-publicized All-America groups.
Outstanding example is probably the case of Clyde (Bulldog) Turner of Hardin-Simmons College. In his senior year, he was the Sun's All-America center. I don't believe he was mentioned on any other national "All" team. But, as students of football know, he went on to be one of the greatest centers (Chicago Bears) in pro football.
Another year—I believe it was about 1937—the Sun violated all "rules" for All-America selections by nominating two back-field men from the same college team. They were John Meek and Sam Chapman, quarterback and halfback, respectively, at the University of California. Chapman made several "Alls," but Meek was something of a darkhorse. The point I make here is that the Sun sought the best men for each position and did not permit the taboo of picking two men from the same squad to alter its thinking.
West Englewood, N.J.
TV FOOTBALL: IT LIVES, IT MOVES. IT TALKS
I was astounded to find that nowhere in your painstakingly detailed report on bigtime college football and its coverage (SI, Nov. 26) was the word "news-reel" mentioned.
You showed reporters, still photographers, television technicians—not a single newsreel man. The one "cameraman" who did appear in your press box drawing might be shooting for almost anyone—one of the schools, the conference, a TV show or theatrical subject.
Of course, we should be used to this sort of thing. The press has always turned its back to us. We're still in business, though. Scorned by haughty newspapermen, elbowed by jostling mobs of still photographers bellowing their time-honored cry ("Stills first!"), disdained (sob!) by your august publication, we continue to bring the nation and the world the only living, moving, talking news document there is.