?Because any king in partner's hand becomes a surefire trick.—ED.
You tossed your admirers a foul ball on problem 8. You give no credit for a bid of three no trump, yet in the explanation say, "Even a bid of three no trump might be acceptable in view of the texture of the five-card suit." And yet you ignore this bid in the scores! My favorite hand in this group was hand 9 on which I got a complete zero. I thought it the only difficult hand, but Mr. Goren's choice is so simple and so very right.
?Miss Lawrence may give herself an additional three points.—ED.
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN (CONT.)
I would like to nominate Sam Hanks as Sportsman of the Year for 1957. His colorful career includes everything from midgets to stocks and championship racing, and dates back to 1935 when he began winning a reputation in the midgets. Hanks has been National Midget Champion, National Big Car Champion, winner of the 1957 Indianapolis 500-mile race, and at present is in a position to win the 1957 stock car championship.
Sam was born in Columbus, Ohio on July 14, 1914. He stands a bit over 6 feet and weighs 160 pounds. He and his wife Alice now make their home in Pacific Palisades, California. He is a shrewd businessman as well as a smooth, hard driver. His smooth manner behind a wheel, and his ability to stay out of trouble have placed him in demand as a test driver for various automotive and accessory firms.
Sam chased the 500-mile rainbow for 12 years before finally catching up with the pot of gold. It seems fitting that in his twilight years of racing, after having won everything else in auto racing, Sam should close his career with the big one. All the years of experience, heartbreak and disappointment paid off in one brilliant ride in which Sam set a record average of 135-plus mph.
LEWIS E. WALBERG
KEVIN T. MCNALLY
SPIT BALL OR NO SPIT BALL YOU MUST CONSIDER BURDETTE AS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR.
Portage la Prairie, Man.
After being in a close race for the batting title all year, he separated the men from the boys during September with a tremendous finish: Ted Williams.
JOHN R. OWEN
?See Memo from the Publisher for seconding motion—ED.