Major General Garrison (Gar) Davidson, onetime Army football star and, at 29, its youngest head coach (from 1933 to 1937), returned to old West Point stamping grounds, this time as Superintendent of United States Military Academy.
Junie Buxbaum, wiry Memphis 128-pounder who gave up being pro because "I couldn't putt in tournaments," had same trouble but found his touch to beat Bill Scarbrough 3 and 2 for national public links title at San Francisco.
Mrs. Frances Bera, high-flyer from Los Angeles, with her sister, Mrs. Edna Bower, along for company, flew Beechcraft Bonanza 2,366 miles from San Carlos, Calif, to Flint, Mich, to win her third Powder Puff Derby in six years.
Max Hirsch, veteran trainer (Assault, Grey Lag, High Gun) who broke into racing as quarter-horse rider some 60 years ago, was feted by racing admirers on his 76th birthday. Best horse he's seen: Citation. Best jockey: Eddie Arcaro.
July 22, 1956
Stan Tinkham, 24, Army private and two-time All-America swimmer who coaches famed Walter Reed mermaids, got his biggest assignment: coach of U.S. Olympic women's team after Jack Cody resigned because of illness.