Because of his team spirit, his fine record and being able to take hard knocks as well as give them out, plus the fact that he is an inspiration to the youth of America, I wish to nominate Mickey Mantle.
Since nominations are now open for Sportsman of the Year, or maybe it will be a woman, there shouldn't be any doubt in your minds about the qualifications of my nomination.
While he is the winningest football coach of recent years, this nomination is not being made with that entirely in mind.
Mr. Evashevski to the contrary, this man makes a better person of most people who come in contact with him, including his players. Understandably, Oklahoma would give him the world, but not for his yearly accomplishments alone. Basically, his soundness of ethics, humility and common ordinary decency would go well in any field.
And so, for not doing anything more outstanding this year than he has done any other year, Bud Wilkinson should be your Sportsman of the Year. This is being written, incidentally, by one who is not an Oklahoman.
I would like to nominate Stan Musial as the Sportsman of the Year 1957. Not only has this been another great year for the greatest baseball player of this decade, but it is generally known that Stan is one of the nicest men in the game. Because of his humility, unpretentiousness, sportsmanlike qualities both on and off the playing field and, of course, his incomparable all-round playing ability and devotion to baseball, Stan Musial gets my vote as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Sportsman of the Year 1957.
PRO FOOTBALL: MARK MY WORDS
I was shocked and amazed to see the brilliant predictions of Tex Maule (Run for the Money, Oct. 7). Anybody that picks the Los Angeles Rams for first place and the Baltimore Colts for last place cannot know too much about pro football. I agree the Rams may have improved, but certainly the Colts couldn't have gone backward enough to be picked for last place. They have, probably, the most underrated quarterback in football today in Johnny Unitas. I don't say that he is the best all-round quarterback, but you can't find a better passer in the league. The Colts have defeated both the Lions and the Bears and held them to a total of 50 yards rushing, while Unitas has thrown six touchdown passes. Mark my words, on Dec. 29, 1957 you will be witnessing the Colts and either the Giants or the Browns playing for the championship in Baltimore.
Being a pro football fan, I thought that your pro football scouting reports (SI, Oct. 7) were the best articles on sport I have ever read.
But I don't agree with Tex Maule's predictions at all. The Lions are bound to make a real fight of it. I also think that since the Steelers got Parker they're bound to be up there too. He is the greatest pro coach ever.
HENRY E. NEWMAN
BRIDGE: 50 MILLION CAN'T BE WRONG
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