SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations on picking Bobby Morrow as your Sportsman of the Year (SI, Jan. 7). Where could anyone find a nicer, more talented and more decent sports figure than the Abilene Speedster?
SPORTSMAN: TRUE JUSTICE
I think that Bobby Morrow was the only one deserving of this great honor. His performance in the Olympics is the highlight of a great sports year. Justice was done when he was chosen Sportsman of the Year.
LEWIS T. BARR
SPORTSMAN: THERE ARE OTHERS
I vehemently disagree with your, selection. In my opinion, the award should have gone either to the young slugger Mickey Mantle or the aged comeback star Sal Maglie, especially since there are other sprinters as good as Morrow, notably Dave Sime.
SPORTSMAN: WELL-INFORMED PUBLIC
You seem to have omitted what I call "influence upon the public" when you made your decision. Ask anyone who Bobby Morrow is and what he did and the answer will be vague. But ask the same person about Mantle, and he'll probably tell you how many home runs he hit, in which games, off what pitcher, and how far they traveled.
I want to congratulate you on your selection of Bobby Morrow. You couldn't have chosen a more deserving athlete. Morrow is not only an outstanding athlete, but an inspiration to all young people.
SPORTSMAN: WHAT SAY?
I believe Dave Sime should have been awarded the title, "Hard Luck Case of the Year." Luckily, he still has a very slight chance of making the 1960 Olympics if he keeps in shape and fate is kind for once.
I think it's time SPORTS ILLUSTRATED published special ballots for subscribers to vote and give opinions on different awards and topics—what say, you editors?
?The reader's special ballot box is the mailbox and all he needs to cast his ballot is literacy and a 3� stamp. But his ballot is secret only until it reaches the 19TH HOLE.—ED.
SPORTSMAN: A CREDIT
Amen to your difficult choice of Bobby Morrow as Sportsman of the Year—without a doubt a great credit to the U.S.
SPORTSMAN: ALL OUT OF STEP, EXCEPT
I am writing this letter in the defense of Mickey Mantle. Everyone's athlete of the year with one exception, that being SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. This is the year that saw Mickey win the triple crown, the first switch-hitter to do so. The year that saw Mickey become the first man since Babe Ruth to draw people into the ball park only to see him blast one. The year that Mickey brought back to baseball a little of that excitement that left with Babe Ruth. The year that brought Mickey the American League's Most Valuable Player award and the Associated Press's Male Athlete of the Year award. The year that saw Mickey thrill millions of baseball fans with his tremendous home runs. This is the year that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED overlooked Mickey Mantle in favor of Bobby Morrow. Believe me when I tell you that I think that Bobby Morrow is a great athlete. But I believe that in 1956 he must run second to Mickey Mantle.
Parma Heights, Ohio