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October 07, 1957
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: NOMINATIONS WELCOME Sirs: Now, I repeat, now is the time for your Mr. Holland or Mr. O'Neil to sit down and write the nominating story of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Sportsman of the Year 1957. The man: Boston's Ted Williams, of course. Ageless and peerless, you surely must agree that he is this year's man. WILLIAM McCARTHY Boston
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October 07, 1957

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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?Rev. Bradtke is correct.—ED.

It always makes me angry to see unjustified criticism of foreign athletes who break records just because they're foreign. Your article on the illegal Russian jumping shoe (SI, Sept. 9) is a case in point.

I do not recall a similar article by your staff when Bud Held broke the World Javelin Record with his illegal or yet to be declared legal "Held javelin."

American high jumpers have been using cushions inside and outside of their shoes for years, including sponge-rubber soles indoors, to no avail. Harold Osborn used to be accused of holding the bar on with his inside arm. Then they had to make diving legal. Let us recognize the fact that a number of our track records are or have been lousy for years. The 6-foot 11�-inch high jump record of Davis was not much of a jump for a man nearly 6 feet 8 inches tall. Next Gutowski will be accused of using a too springy pole, which we saw Sueo Ohe of Japan demonstrate in Madison Square Garden in 1937. The pole doesn't make the pole vaulter. Richards could probably make 15 feet with a modified clothes pole of sufficient length.

You may expect some other startling track performances out of Russia in the future. With 200 million people to draw from, adequately motivated and scientifically trained, the U.S. will not be able to keep pace. Track has become too much of a political football in this country.
Fayetteville, Ark.

?SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, not yet born when the Rev. Held set his mark Aug. 8, 1953, discussed in detail the still controversial new javelin in its June 6, 1955 issue.—ED.

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