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For the fifth successive year Frank Adams, Quentin Reynolds and John Chamberlain agree to disagree over the material presented for their consideration. Partly, perhaps, because enthusiasm for sports writing is conditioned among amateurs by individual enthusiasm and understanding. Partly, we feel, because the judges are asked only to judge from the selection of the editors, without making enough contribution from their own pickings of the year's crop of stories. However, for the general reader, the result is again geared to a wide range of interests,- skiing, sailing, marathon, football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, horse racing- take your pick and pick your tale. High spots include sheer tragedy of the ring in Joe Louis' defeat; the story of the Navy victory over the unbeatable Army; Ski Jumpers Are Bern That Way is sheer melodrama; The wins an award for Stanley Woodward a second time; Grantland Rice scores again with The Comeback of a Champion For humor have a look at Ted Shane's Thumbnail biographies of the contributors-sports writers the country over- are an asset. And the Sports Record Book, including Review of the Year, Champions, and 30 of the year's best pictures all make this an essential item for the fans.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1951
Publisher: Dutton