Francis Skiddy Von Stade, longtime Saratoga president, was honored by GNYA for his "devotion to...Thoroughbred racing...a character compounded of sound knowledge, calm thoughtfulness and unblemished integrity."
Mimi Arnold, pretty 17-year-old from Redwood City, polished off Mary Ann Mitchell 9-7, 6-0 at Philadelphia to give California 11th straight U.S. girls' tennis title, moved on to Forest Hills to try her racket at nationals.
Mike McCormick, strong-armed 17-year-old left-hander who turned in amazing high school and American Legion pitching record (83-8) around Alhambra, Calif., became New York Giants' latest bonus baby. His inducement: $65,000.
Jo Anne Gunderson, outdoorsy-looking Seattle schoolgirl, ran off string of three birdies and six pars on first nine holes, stayed comfortably ahead of Clifford Ann Creed to win 4 and 3 for U.S. girls' junior golf title at Toledo.
September 9, 1956
Capt. Manuel J. Fernandez Jr. of Apple Valley, Calif., Korean war hero, zoomed his F-100C Super Sabre jet 1,120 miles from George AFB, Calif. to Oklahoma City at record speed of 666.-661 mph to win Bendix Trophy Race.