Marcel Boussac, France's cotton king who dotes on racing fast horses (Macip, Apollonia, Philius), made his hobby pay off to rich tune of $228,500 in 1956 to lead all other French owners in winnings for second straight year.
Mrs. Allegra Knapp (Leggie) Mertz, colorful Long Island Sound skipper who chased Adams Cup until she won it and title as nation's best lady sailor in 1954, was re-elected president of International Blue Jay Association in New York.
Stanford's John Brodie completed 139 of 240 passes for 1,633 yards, added nine more rushing for 1,642 total to win major college passing and total offense titles and break Don Heinrich's 1952 record for most completions in season.
Mimi Arnold, pretty Redwood City, Calif. 17-year-old and daughter of one-time Star Ethel Burkhardt, has been ranked No. 1 among girl players and No. 10 among women in tentative USLTA singles ratings for 1956 (see below).
December 24, 1956
Hank Lauterback, grim-faced Portsmouth, Va. pilot, bounced his hydroplane around choppy Lake Cunningham at average speed of 67.45 mph to win_ Governor's Trophy, one of feature races of Nassau's International regatta.