Widely Read Sporting News Lauds Sailors, Cowboy Team
Last week in its April 8 issue, Sporting News, the New York Times of the sporting world, had plenty to say about little Kenny Sailors, brilliant play-maker of the champion Wyoming basketball team.
Said Cy Kritzer, sports writer for the nationally-known sporting paper published in St. Louis:
"There is an unusual cry that basketball is becoming strictly a tall man's game, and the rules committee plans an experiment for the next year to prevent goal-tending by those skyscraping centers. Wyoming has a six-foot-seven-inch center in Milo Komenich and a six-foot-six-inch forward in Jim Weir, but it was Sailors, only five feet eight inches, who engineered the Cowboys to their claim on the national championship.
"Sailors was the darling of the Garden gallery. He put on a two-night display that was a combination of Sonja Henie in an ice ballet, Sid Luckman quarterbacking and forward-passing and Leopold Stokowski directing a symphony orchestra. One expert left the Garden the night of April 1, exclaiming: 'Sailors is just out of this world.' And there were many who echoed it."
Directs Team While Dribbling
"Sailors has thin legs, wide shoulders and biceps and long arms of a heavy-weight wrestler. He dribbled up the floor with one hand, using the other to direct his teammates. If it can be said a man has beautiful hands, Sailors has them. Once at quarter-court, he used those hands like a virtuoso, and the Wyoming team responded to every move. Sailors was like a coach in action.
"St. John's assigned Fuzzy Levane, its captain and ace defensive man to guard Sailors . . . Fuzzy held Ken to 11 points and made five himself, but he couldn't stop Sailors play-making and passing, and it was his commanding influence that kept Wyoming going at full tilt in the over-time, while St. John's wilted some under the pressure.
"It was a great duel between two superbly-trained teams and Sailors was the difference."
On its All-American basketball team for 1942-43, the Sporting News listed:
Andy Philip, Illinois, forward
Charles Black, Kansas, forward
Harry Boykoff, St. John's, center
George Senesky, St. John's, center
Ken Sailors, Wyoming, guard
Otto Graham, Northwestern, spare
Big Milo Komenich, high-scoring Wyoming center, received honorable mention.
A picture of Sailors was run along with those of the other men on the News All-American team.