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The Question: What athletes in real life would you nominate as the equal of Frank Merriwell, the fabulous Yale athlete of fiction? (Asked at conference of American College Public Relations Association)

Director of Public Relations Yale
For the few who don't know Frank Merriwell, he was the athlete who'd pull the fat out of the fire and win for Yale every time and in every sport. If you want a Yale man as his parallel, my choice is Clint Frank. I've watched Clint in my teens. He did everything in the Frank Merriwell manner.

Director of Public Relations Amherst
My choice is Charley Drew, formerly of Amherst. A Negro track and football star, he did everything naturally. He later became a professor at Howard University and supervised New York's blood bank for Great Britain in World War II. Of course, if you want a Yale man, it's Albie Booth.

Vice-president of Brown University for Pembroke
Babe Didrikson Zaharias. No woman or man could perform as superlatively as an all-round athlete, not in just one sport but in every sport. She showed great courage at all times. With all her ability, she was modest and likable. Pembroke or any other college would be proud of her as an alumna.

Public Relations Director MIT
Barry Wood of Harvard. He was Phi Beta Kappa, president of his class, a fine All-America quarterback, a hockey and baseball letterman and on the Harvard-Yale tennis team that competed in England. He was the only unanimous choice for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Silver Anniversary All-America.

Director of Public Relations Colby College
"Colby Jack" Coombs, as a collegian, then as a professional and as a coach at Williams, Princeton and Duke. Shortly after graduation, he pitched and won for Philadelphia one of the two longest games in American League history, 24 innings. He also won three World Series games in five days.

Vice-president Boston University
A Greek boy at Boston University named Harry Agganis. In football he was tops. And he was outstanding academically. He played first base for the Red Sox. Unfortunately he died prematurely. Interestingly enough, he was idolized more for the kind of man he was. They called him The Golden Greek.

Assistant to President Clark University
Years ago there was only one such man—Jim Thorpe. It's a lot different today. There are several athletes that I can name who can rival Frank Merriwell and even Jim Thorpe. Among them are Bob Mathias, Jesse Owens, Milt Campbell, Bobby Morrow and Dave Sime.

Vice-president Wheaton College
Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete of our generation and, quite possibly, the greatest of all time. He did more than was credited to Frank Merriwell, and he did it for the record books. Everyone knows he was one of football's greatest and also one of the finest all-round Olympic stars.

Director of Development Hillyer College
Bennie Boynton of Williams College, a Walter Camp All-America quarterback and an all-round athlete. Singlehanded, I saw him hold Harvard 6-0 for a whole half. He was a very fine passer. Everyone liked him. He won every honor at Williams, including the presidency of his class.



Are you in accord with the Ivy League ban on spring football practice? (Asked of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Silver Anniversary All-Americas)