SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
How any sane observer of the world of sport could select Ingemar Johansson as the Sportsman of the Year (SI, Jan. 4) is far removed from my comprehension. Undoubtedly, he has a terrific right-handed punch, but Mr. Floyd Patterson gave vivid testimony to this some seven months ago. My suggestion to you would be that a representative committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution could probably come up with a better selection for this coveted award.
Your article entitled A Bore Watchers' Guide by Stephen Birmingham was exceptionally well done.
HOWARD E. MOHR
New Haven, Conn.
Your choice was a fine one. And your recognition of the men and women who were outstanding in their particular fields this past year was excellent.
Why don't you have a representative from college basketball in your annual Sportsman of the Year article? You have a representative from college football, and it seems to me that basketball is as important and popular as football.
?Our nominee would have been Pete Newell (see page 46).—ED.
I was shocked to find that Tommy Kono, our present world middleweight weight-lifting champion, was not even mentioned. Here is a young man who has won about every medal and trophy in his chosen sport that he can. He won this year's senior nationals at York, Pa. and was again a champion at the Pan American Games and most recently in the world championships in Warsaw, Poland. Practically every athlete trains at some time or other with weight-resistance exercises.
In your fine tribute to Sportsman of the Year Ingemar Johansson you said, "He has made a movie, too, which will enhance his personal appeal."
The movie, All the Young Men, in which Ingo will be seen with such film pros as Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier, may do more than that. Upon its completion, Producer-Director Hall Bartlett said, "He's a natural actor. Sincere, charming and disarming. He's a pro."
New York City
MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Friends from all over the country have expressed interest in your EVENTS & DISCOVERIES report on a state dog for Pennsylvania, which mentioned me as a booster (SI, Nov. 9).
I thought other readers also might like to know this move is part of a nationwide one suggested by the magazine Our Dumb Animals in the late 1940s, the idea being to pay tribute to the many valuable services performed by all dogs for man.