With the 18th volume of this hardy perennial, the question is: Better? Less good? Just as good? Let's say it is a completely dependable series and each year offers its high points and its just-as-good contributions. The newcomers are A1 Stump for his heart rending magazine piece about the decline and fall of the immortal Ty Cobb, and Howard M. Tuckner for a feature story on the horseman, Hirsch Jacobs. Among the repeaters, first place goes to veteran Stanley Woodward. A steady favourite this. And a useful reference book with its list of champions, its panorama of the sports year.