Herbert P. (Bert) Williams, 270-pound Chicago coal distributor who has been sailing Stars since 1926, gained U.S. Olympic berth in that class by skippering Kathleen to victory over nine rival craft off Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Jim Laker, Surrey cricketer, broke three world marks in spin-bowling England to fourth-match victory over Australia. Shrugged Laker: "If the sun hadn't come out we should have been struggling...the wicket was like an unhelpful pudding."
Istvan Rozsavolgyi, scrawny (5 foot 9 inch, 126 pound) Hungarian army captain, lowered world 1,500-meter run record to 3:40.6 (equivalent of 3:57 mile) despite stiff wind, at Olympic training camp near Budapest (Aug. 3).
Steve Bilko, beefy Los Angeles Angels first baseman, who is leading the Pacific Coast League with 46 home runs, had whopping price tag of $200,000 placed on him by Angel president John Holland in reply to several big league feelers.
August 12, 1956
Tommy Kono, Hawaiian weight lifter, hoisted 295 pounds overhead in two-hands press at Oahu's Schofield Barracks, exceeding the world middleweight standard of Russia's S. Boganovsky by one-and-a-half pounds (Aug. 3).