Juan Manuel Fangio, daring world racing champion from Argentina, warmed up for Mille Miglia by pushing his Ferrari to track record of 104.03 mph in trials, next day averaged 97 mph as he won Grand Prix at Siracusa, Italy.
Louise Brough, veteran tennis star, was named playing captain of U.S. Wightman Cup team which will defend against British at Wimbledon in June. Her teammates: Shirley Fry, Dorothy Head Knode, Beverly Baker Fleitz.
Willie Mosconi, sure-handed little cue artist from Philadelphia, displayed his wizardry in round-robin world billiard championship at Kinston, N. C, captured his first 12 matches to clinch title for second successive year.
Dick Savitt, Texas oilman and part-time tennis player, made one of his infrequent tournament appearances, overcoming Davis Cupper Ham Richardson 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 in spirited final match at Dallas Country Club.
April 23, 1956
Jim Jacobs, youthful (25) Los Angeles real estate salesman, turned back former champion Vic Hershkowitz of Brooklyn 21-16, 5-21, 21-17, repeating his 1955 singles victory in U.S. Handball Association tournament at St. Louis.