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December 09, 1957
MVP: DISAGREEMENTSirs:I would like to protest violently the American League's Most Valuable Player pick for 1957. Regardless of how these writers feel about Ted Williams the man, the award should be made on ability alone. A 39-year-old man who wins his fifth batting title and hits 34 home runs deserves recognition. Was the MVP vote a popularity contest or an award for over-all ability? I feel that a new system of voting should be put into effect, or at least get rid of some of the prejudiced members of the MVP committee. This isn't the first time that Williams has missed out on the award because some "writers" couldn't bear to think that a man would stand up to their criticism and speak his mind. This is the only way they could get back at him.ART OSOFSKY Los Angeles
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December 09, 1957

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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?It would take a team composed of college All-Americas a long, long time to do well against NBA pro teams, and the cities which were supporting those All-America groups would lose heart and interest. In addition, Mr. Fredenburg's scheme would penalize the present NBA clubs by depriving them of new talent. Finally, the best way for All-Americas to develop into really good pro players is to play on the same teams with established pros.

As for "depriving the smaller cities," they simply cannot give major league basketball adequate financial support. There is also the problem of a place to play with a good enough floor and enough seats to accommodate large crowds. Few smaller cities (few big ones for that matter) have such places. No one would think of proposing major league baseball for a small town. The same reasons apply to major league basketball.—ED.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has done a particular service in explaining the value of the retrieving breeds in both game conservation and adding to the enjoyment of hunting. The same may be said of your description of the complementary sport of field trials.

I was pleased to see you encourage the individual sportsman to train his or her own dog. The wins and places in stiff competition will not come as easily or frequently to the amateur as to the professional handler, but the gratification is greatly heightened when they do. An imperviousness to snow, sleet, hurricane and heat is almost as necessary as a good dog. Also, the newcomer will be bewildered by the apparent oblivion to the world around us while the trial is running and the complete preoccupation with dog work and dog talk.

An instance of this occurred when the wife of a well-known field trialer, after two hours at her first trial, was heard to whisper to a friend, "Let's get out of here before we either get wormed or bred."
Greenwich. Conn.

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