Murray Rose, free-wheeling 18-year-old Aussie vegetarian, took dead aim at the world 1,500-meter swim record, became first to break 18 minutes with brilliant 17:59.5 clocking at Melbourne. Reflected Rose: "I just kept my fingers crossed."
Ashley Cooper, another of Australia's rising young Davis Cuppers, gave Bill Talbert and U.S. squad more food for thought, upsetting ranking stars Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad to win Queensland singles title at Brisbane.
Elzie (Buck) Baker, cocky racing driver who learned his trade while piloting a bus, has done even better with Chrysler 300B in 1956 NASCAR Grand National stock car competition, winning championship with 8,888 points.
Clarence (Pants) Rowland, baseball veteran who got his nickname from antics while wearing father's overalls as youthful member of Dubuque sandlot team, was given a new job by Chicago Cubs: president of Los Angeles Angels.
November 12, 1956
Jim Shoulders, cowboy from Henryette, Okla. whose bare-back bronc-busting and bull-riding have won him $37,010 and an equal number of points, has clinched Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around championship for year.