Jack Mitchell, 33, native Kansan whose wandering football trail has taken him to Oklahoma as player, Texas and Arkansas as coach, has decided to head for home and $15,000 per year contract as head man at U. of Kansas, succeeding Chuck Mather.
Warren Spahn, at 36, fast-balling elder statesman of world champion Milwaukee Braves, won 21 games, lost only 11 last season, has been voted baseball's pitcher of year and winner of Cy Young Memorial Award by committee of writers.
Sylvia Ruuska, perky 15-year-old Berkeley, Calif. distance swimmer whose record-breaking feats have raised U.S. hopes for 1960 Olympics, was only girl among nine nominated by AAU for Sullivan Award given to nation's outstanding athlete.
Henri Richard, deft-shooting forward known affectionately to Montreal fans as Pocket Rocket, has taken over for injured brother Maurice, helping to push Canadiens back into first place while personally assuming NHL scoring lead with 30 points.
December 9, 1957
Elmer Ward, robust, affable 59-year-old men's clothing manufacturer and sponsor of famed Palm Beach round-robin tournaments since 1938, was named for special award of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association for "his contributions to golf."
Lowell North, 28-year-old aerodynamics engineer from San Diego Bay, Calif., ably assisted by Crewman James Hill, skippered his North Star III to first, 10th, third, fourth and second in five races to win World Star Class championship at Havana.