The symbolic silver goal posts shown here are for John Hersey, the tall, pensive Connecticut novelist who has etched his view of our times into half a dozen widely acclaimed books, including A Bell for Adano, Into the Valley, Hiroshima and The Wall. In the next few days this trophy will be presented to Hersey and similar goal posts will be given to the 24 other men whose pictures appear in the following pages.
Together they constitute SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S 1960 Silver Anniversary All-America.
The 25 men have these things in common: 25 falls ago they earned varsity letters in football; over the intervening quarter century they have acquitted themselves in careers and public service with outstanding distinction.
This is how they were chosen: more than 200 colleges and universities were asked to nominate one senior from their 1935 varsity football squads whose career, after 25 Years, has shown the most accomplishment. From the resulting citations a panel of distinguished Americans (see page 73) selected the 25 men it considered most outstanding. Among them are a college president, a self-made millionaire, an orthopedic surgeon, a stockbroker and a brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps.
December 26, 1960
Some of them played the game of football so superbly that middle-aged fans still recall their names with a thrill of pleasure: Berwanger of Chicago, first winner of the Heisman Trophy; Bryant of Alabama, who put the surge in the Crimson Tide; Shakespeare of Notre Dame, whose last-second touchdown pass robbed Ohio State of a national championship. The skills of others are remembered chiefly by classmates and coaches.
Their own recollections of those Saturday afternoons 25 years ago are vivid because football is a game that requires physical courage and provides tangible triumphs seldom encountered in later life, no matter how successful. Novelist Hersey recalls with shy pride the game against Lafayette in which he played almost 60 minutes with a broken hand. If pressed, Banker Fred-crick Moseley, kneading an irreparably broken nose, admits to scoring Harvard's only touchdown against Yale. Alf Brandin, now a vice-president of Stanford University, then one of Stanford's "Vow Boys," still relishes the 13-0 victory over Cal which took his team to its third straight Rose Bowl. The Bowdoin game that Industrialist William Drake recalls with most pleasure was played against a Wesleyan team that had Economist James O'Leary at left end (score: Bowdoin 33, Wesleyan 0; no hard feelings today). All men, even the stars of their day, agree that football is not everything. But they emphatically believe that for them it was a useful part of their education, that college football can be a healthy adjunct to shaping the whole man that is the goal of a liberal education.
The world into which they graduated was one of promise and warning. The country was moving out of the shadow of the Great Depression, but in Europe and Asia there were rising regimes intent on challenging "the decadent democracies." Before the League of Nations an African emperor made his eloquent but unheeded appeal against the invasion of his country by Mussolini's Italy. Tides were moving that would involve 19 of the 25 award men in active and often distinguished combat. To make their way in this threatening climate they drew on the lessons learned on the football field: tenacity, self-denial and teamwork.
Their lives today show that they learned those lessons well. Almost every one of them gives far more of himself to his profession and to a staggering variety of community services than he gets back in money or honors. For most of them, responsibility became its own reward a long time ago. In an age characterized by Operators and Status Seekers, they are a select group indeed.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS
On a recent winter afternoon 22 of the 25 award winners met on five college campuses across the country (the other three had to stick to their jobs) to have their pictures taken and to look each other over. Although their careers allow them almost no leisure, most of them were within 10 pounds of their playing weights, seemed very much the effective and influential men their college presidents (and coaches) had hoped they would become.
On Caltech's Pasadena campus stand Alf Brandin (Stanford), who today manages Stanford's vast land holdings; Dr. Daniel Fortmann (Colgate) and Dr. G. Wilbur Westin (Middlebury), who practice surgery in Los Angeles; and Frank W. Davis (Caltech), who runs Convair plant which produces the new B-58 bomber.
Yale's Walter Camp Memorial Gate frames Frederick Moseley Jr. (Harvard), a vice-president of New York's Morgan Guaranty Trust Co.; James O'Leary (Wesleyan), who as director of economic research of the Life Insurance Association of America guides the huge capital investments of insurance companies; John Hersey (Yale), whose A Bell for Adano won a Pulitzer Prize; Dr. Hugh MacMillan Jr. (Princeton), a Denver surgeon; and William Drake (Bowdoin). president of Philadelphia's Pennsalt Chemicals Corp. At left is Brig. General Louis Robertshaw. USMC (Naval Academy), assistant wing commander of the 1st Marine .Aircraft Wing. Japan, who next month will assume command of all Marine air reserve training.
Park bench near University of Chicago is meeting place for Edwin R. Phelps (Kansas), now chief engineer of the Peabody Coal Co., St. Louis; Charles Galbreath (Illinois),manager of the Indianapolis branch of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith; Glenn Seidel (Minnesota), who today is vice-president in charge of engineering for Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Co.; Joe Stydahar (West Virginia), president of Chicago's Big Bear Container Corp.; and Jay Berwanger (Chicago), president of Hood Sponge Rubber Co. of Chicago, sometimes called the best halfback of all time. At left: cotton crop of Brazil is concern of Harry Witt (Rice), who represents Houston's Anderson, Clayton & Co. as overseas vice-president.
Yankee Stadium is the office of Jim Lee Howell (Arkansas), masterful coach of New York's professional football Giants. Below: colonnaded President's Mansion at the University of Alabama sets off William Shakespeare (Notre Dame), president of the Cincinnati Rubber Manufacturing Co., a division of the Thor Power fool Co.; Oscar Thompson (Georgia Tech), president of Thompson, Boland and Lee, a chain of shoe stores in Georgia; Cecil Humphreys (Tennessee), president of Memphis Stale University; Paul Bryant (Alabama), head football coach at the University of Alabama; and Eugene T. Barwick (North Carolina), who founded Georgia's $10 million E. T. Barwick Mills, carpet manufacturers.
Rice University cloister brings together Dr. Abe Mickal (Louisiana State), chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU; Harry Shuford (Southern Methodist), first vice-president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Leon Payne (Brown), partner in the Houston law firm of Andrews, Kurth, Campbell and Bradley.
The task, not an easy one, of selecting the 25 outstanding men from the many nominated by colleges throughout the country fell to the jury of 12 outstanding men shown here. They are leaders in the world of business, the professions and community service in which the Silver Anniversary All-America award men, still in their 40s, are still rising.
Secretary of State-designate of the United States
BARRY T. LEITHEAD
Cluett, Peabody & Co. Inc.
CHESTER J. LaROCHE
National Football Foundation
ROGER W. JONES
U.S. Civil Service Commission
J. PETER GRACE
W. R. Grace & Co.
DWANE L. WALLACE
Cessna Aircraft Co.
HENRY P. DAVISON
Vice-chairman of the Board,
Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of N.Y.
CHARLES G. MORTIMER
General Foods Corporation
EDWIN H. MOSLER JR.
The Mosler Safe Co.
JOHN R. KIMBERLY
DOUGLAS F. ROBY
American Metal Products Co.
HERBERT L. BARNET