Governor Theodore McKeldin of Maryland tossed first blockbuster at dying boxing managers' Guild, ordered Maryland Commission to revoke permission granted to New York promoters to operate in Baltimore (see page 9).
Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, slippery-hipped Ohio State All-America halfback, was voted nation's No. 1 male athlete for 1955 in A.P. poll. Runners-up: Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano, Brooklyn Dodgers' Johnny Podres.
Patty Berg, stocky veteran golfer who won both money-winning title ($16,492) and Vardon Trophy(74.47-stroke average), got her only competition from ailing Babe Zaharias, ran off with woman-athlete-of-year honors.
Joe Deady, nearly forgotten former Georgetown star, was given chance to run when Wes Santee turned up with leg injury, made most of it by ripping off ¾-mile run in swift 3:01.2 to set new world indoor record in New York.
January 16, 1956
Hashim Khan, hustling 41-year-old Pakistani, came from behind to vanquish his younger brother Azam for U.S. Open squash racquets title in New York, moved on to Toronto where he again defeated Azamin pro-amateur invitational.