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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
October 26, 1959
HAIL!Sirs:I would like to nominate not a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportsman of the Year, but rather the Sportsmen of the Year, the amazing Los Angeles Dodgers.FREDRIC F. DOTY Los Angeles
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October 26, 1959

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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When asked how he maintained his lean and hungry look, he answered by saying, "I always try to avoid peach and banana."
D. BORDEN POWERS
Hanover, N.H.

ON FIELD AND MOUND
Sirs:
Concerning Mervin Hyman's remark (FOOTBALL'S 2ND WEEK, Oct. 5) that Pitt's Ivan Toncic in the Southern California game "came close to being the first football player to be trampled to death," if my memory doesn't fail me, I recall that John Trice, tackle for Iowa State, was literally trampled to death in the Minnesota game of 1923. He died shortly after the game as the result of injuries sustained in attempting to break through interference on off-tackle play.

Concerning Reader Willis Foster's letter (19TH HOLE, Oct. 5) about a more equitable system of rating pitchers by comparing their won-lost averages with that of their team, such a system of rating pitchers was given in great detail in a series of booklets, Kings of the Mound, issued annually for several years during the late '30s and early '40s. Walter Johnson rated very high. Eddie Rommel had an extremely high rating for a couple of years in the '20s, when he was a "winning" pitcher with the last-place A's.
JOHN M. WHITE
University Park, N. Mex.

FOOTBALL: 49 AND 50
Sirs:
Your college football preview was excellent, but what are the outlooks for the teams from our two newest states?

How do things look for the U. of Alaska and the U. of Hawaii?
GIL FEATHER
Bay City, Mich.

?The University of Alaska last fielded a football team in 1956, dropped the sport because of lack of competition but may resume in 1961, with Alaska Methodist University at Anchorage hopefully also getting on the field. The University of Hawaii at Honolulu plays an intercollegiate schedule against Southern Oregon, Idaho State, San Jose State, College of the Pacific, Los Angeles State, Fresno State, Arizona State and Utah State. The last five games are home games.—ED.

WELL, ALMOST NEVER
Sirs:
In regard to Bill Stead's "It's never been done before" (THEY SAID IT, Oct. 5), I think if Bill will think back he will recall that Lou Fageol driving the Slo-Mo-Shun V in competition did a complete back somersault at more than 160 mph and the boat came down on its sponsons to a halt. This was caught on film and is a spectacular shot, to say the least.
AL POWELL
Miami

? Stead was the first to stay with the boat; Fageol flipped clear and was injured.—ED.

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