Roy Halladay: Sportsman of the Year?

On November 16, Roy Halladay could be named the National League Cy Young winner.

And if Jack McCullum gets his way, the Phillies' ace will be in line for another prestigious honor.

McCullum, the veteran Sports Illustrated writer, has nominated Halladay as his choice for the magazine's annual Sportsman of the Year honor.

McCullum details his reasoning in a story on Sports Illustrated's web site.

According to my quick perusal of the archives, no Philadelphia professional athlete has ever been named Sportsman of the Year. Joe Paterno won it once. Pete Rose did when he was a member of the Reds. Johnny Podres was the Sportsman of the Year in 1955 after winning the World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Since 1954, SI has given the honor to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement."

Last year, Yankees short stop Derek Jeter was given the cover, the first baseball player so honored since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in 2000.