When your editorial staff meets to pick the Sportsman of the Year, may they reflect on the deeds of a young man who is surrounded by legal red tape, racketeers, immature newspapermen and hungry promoters: Floyd Patterson.
Despite these, he did what no other fighter had accomplished before him.
He is the most dedicated athlete competing today, and he exhibits grace and modesty.
I nominate Mickey Thompson for showing that being a hot rodder does not mean being a juvenile delinquent.
PUCKS AND PIGEONS
Wonderful hockey shots all right (Clay Pigeons and Cold Sweat, Dec. 19), but if I'm not mistaken the A.P. scooped you a couple of weeks ago with the best goalie picture of all—Gump Worsley getting clonked in Detroit.
New York City
Your picture layout on the life of a goalie in action was one of the most attractive hockey spreads in the history of this colorful game. Incidentally, did you know that George St. Marie's photograph of Jacques Plante in a helpless sprawl, which you used, won first prize in the annual National Hockey League photography contest?
New York City
SUGAR AND SHAME
It is a shame that Sugar Ray Robinson, after once again proving himself a true champion and one of the greatest boxers of all time, should be forced, through an incompetent method of determining a winner, to forfeit his claim to the championship.
FRED SILVERSTEIN JR.
The posting of scoring round by round is one of the finest ideas I've heard ("Who Win It?", SCORECARD, Dec. 12). It would certainly do a lot for boxing.
TRA IN THE SNOW
In your article entitled "The TRA's Troubles" (SCORECARD, Dec. 12), you wrote, "Mrs. Everett departed with a gratuitous mot: 'Drayton couldn't track an elephant in the snow.' "
The last, part of the statement was correct, but Mrs. Everett did not mention Drayton by name. What she said was that the Thoroughbred Racing Protection Bureau, headed by him, "sent us an agent in charge who...couldn't track an elephant in the snow."