Fred Knorr, affable 42-year-old radio executive whose boyhood baseball ambition was thwarted by Depression, finally made big time—as head of 11-man syndicate which paid record price of $5,500,000 for Detroit Tigers.
Ann Quast, apple-cheeked 18-year-old University of Washington sophomore, shot record 70 to win medal, parlayed hot putting and cool nerves into 4 and 3 win over Pat Lesser for Women's Western Amateur title at Huntington, W. Va.
Dick Stuart, power-hitting Lincoln, Neb. outfielder, hit 50th homer for Western League mark, added four more (three in one game) later in week. His next goal: organized baseball's mark of 72, set by Roswell's Joe Bauman in 1954.
Greta Anderson, well-formed Danish beauty, doffed top of swimsuit, swam 26 miles to finish first (but fourth on elapsed time) in Atlantic City marathon (see below), still had enough strength to spend evening dancing with fiancé.
July 29, 1956
Ribot, unbeaten Italian 4-year-old, lived up to all expectations, staged brilliant finish to win $78,400 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Britain's richest turf race and possibly his last start, before royalty at Ascot.