Dick Hoover, 26-year-old Akron, Ohio bowler who rolled first 300 game at 16 and won U.S. title at 21, held steady while favorites faltered, defeated Ray Bluth by 32 pins in final match to take ABC Masters title at Rochester, N.Y.
Rafer Johnson, national decathlon record holder, won 220-yard low hurdles, placed in three other events to score 16 points, helped UCLA end Southern California's long reign as Pacific Coast champion at Berkeley, Calif. (see page 20).
Cliff Blair, Boston U. hammer thrower who has come along rapidly under tutelage of Harold Connelly, showed gratitude by whirling off 211-foot 3-inch toss at Boston, breaking latter's U.S. mark as well as listed world record.
Pat Smythe, attractive British show jumper, displayed superior horsemanship while capturing three events, became first woman in 24 years to win Grand Prix Militaire in International Horse Show at Lucerne, Switzerland.
May 27, 1956
Al Weygandt, big Topeka Hawks' first baseman who hit only one home run in first 15 games, suddenly got hot-handed after altering stance, banged out 15, batted in 34 runs in week, lifted team from cellar to second in Western League.