In possibly the best collection yet in its fifteen years, this annual proves once again not only that sports writers have a unique gift of telling a story, but that it is not necessarily true that winner takes all. There isn't a poor story in the lot, and some readers will pick other tops than those chosen by the judges. All fields of sports are covered. Winning writer Abramson's description of the venerable Archie Moore's victory over old age- and the Canadian boxer, Durelle,- is a classic, as is also Jack Mann's account of the hearbreaking New York Giant's defeat ""20 Seconds Plus a Few Inches from Home"". A magazine story that didn't get a prize -- but rates one- is Myron Cope's ""It's Tough to Get by Joe"". An unusual ice hockey story brings young Richard- brother of the much older star- to prominence in ""Fury on Ice"" by Dave Anderson. And the light touch of Red Smith will intrigue even those to whom yachting is not a major interest in ""Life on the Ocean Wave"". Just to show there's no discrimination against the distaff side, there's Jeanne Hoffman with ""The Chinese Spirit"".. For the record, there are as always 30 of the best sports pictures; a listing of the 1958 champions and a Who's Who in Best Sports Stories.