Carin Cone, 15-year-old Ridgewood, N.J. backstroker, brightened U.S. Olympic hopes as she tied the 150-yard American backstroke record (1:48.2) set when she was a baby; at New Haven. Carin is national 100- and 200-meter champion.
Vince Boryla, bulky onetime All-America (Denver), professional and Olympic basketballer, returned to the game after a two-year absence to coach his old team, the New York Knickerbockers, replacing the ailing Joe Lapchick.
Mickey McDermott, 27-year-old lefthander who had a 10-10 record with last-place Washington in 1955, including five wins over Cleveland and Boston, was traded to Yanks in seven-player deal. Said Mickey: "Whoopee!"
First foal of Native Dancer, a chestnut filly out of 14-year-old Bray Melody, dam of four English stakes winners, was born at Howard Reineman's Crown Crest Farm outside of Lexington, Ky. The Dancer is now a 6-year-old.
February 20, 1956
Samuel Reshevsky, U.S. international chess grand master, played 70 simultaneous games for five hours at Hollywood, losing once and drawing twice. Players who deadlocked Sammy: Prince Mike Romanoff and Humphrey Bogart.