Charlotte Grubic, who placed only 15th in last year's World Invitational bowling tournament and was surprised by return invitation, won cliff-hanging finals to become world champion.
Paul Dietzel, 34, who coached LSU to national football championship (10 wins, no losses), won Coach of the Year election by the American College Football Coaches Assn. by overwhelming vote.
Althea Gibson, withdrawn from competitive tennis for a year, displayed yet another talent in her portrayal of a Negro slave for John Huston's Civil War movie, The Horse Soldiers.
Dorothea Dean of Woodstock, Vt., out-fished men and women alike in the first annual Guy Lombardo sailfish tournament at Marathon, Fla., in five-day competition strung up 1,400 points.
December 22, 1958
Jim Jarrett, veteran Negro coach, Charleston, W. Va., was appointed basketball coach at the integrated high school in city. Said Jarrett: "I have to look at my skin to realize its color."
Judy Grinham, fetching 19-year-old English swimming star and winner of an Olympic gold medal, was elected British Sportswoman of 1958 in a poll conducted by the London Daily Express.
Louis Lourmais, 38-year-old French frogman determined to swim 600 miles down Canada's ice-laced Fraser River, popped up at 100-mile mark, promised to press on regardless.