Willie Hartack, 23-year-old jockey who tops his profession in winning rides this year, cut short vacation when his Tropical Park leadership was threatened, returned to boot home five more winners for 1955 total of 417 (see page 11).
Maurice (Rocket) Richard, fiery Montreal right wing, took pass from his rookie brother Henri to score 500th goal of 14-year National Hockey League career as league-leading Canadiens broke two-game slump to beat Toronto 5-2.
Karen Ann McGuire, pretty 12-year-old who unsuccessfully bid her $24.03 "life savings" for Nashua, was given consolation prize of 8-year-old gelding by officers of Hanover Bank, happily named it Hanover's Wishing Star.
Casey Stengel, voluble world traveler, visited London for first time in 31 years, ruefully observed the British "were just as calm about my arrival as they were back in 1924," before flying to New York for preseason trade talks.
January 9, 1956
Bobby Morrow, speedy Texan on good-will tour with two other U.S. stars, breezed to 0:09.3 for 100 yards at Auckland but got too great an assist from following wind (nine feet a second) to be credited with tying world record.