Glenn Davis, holder of world and Olympic 400-meter hurdles records, was awarded the James E. Sullivan Memorial trophy by AAU. Runner-up: Rafer Johnson, SI's 1958 Sportsman of the Year.
This is an article from the Jan. 12, 1959 issue
Bonnie Mencher, 17-year-old Sarah Lawrence freshman of Forest Hills, N.Y., won the U.S. Junior Girls' Indoor Tennis championship over Sue Behlmar, Yonkers, N.Y., 6-3, 6-3, at Boston.
James Zug, Princeton student of Haverford, Pa., entered U.S. Junior Squash Racquets championships unseeded, beat Bob Heatherington, Deerfield, 13-16, 15-10, 15-7, 15-12 in finals.
Betty Maycock, 16, Cleveland high school girl, dazzled throughout the national gymnastics clinic at Sarasota, Fla., upset 1956 Olympian Muriel Davis of Indianapolis, who finished second.
Shelby Lyman of Harvard emerged as the top collegiate chess player at the national matches in Cleveland, led his teammates to close second-place finish behind the University of Chicago.
Mary Halford, non-playing captain of Britain's 1958 Wightman Cup tennis team, which beat U.S. for first time in 28 years, was honored by the Queen with Order of the British Empire.
Earl Blaik, head football coach at Army and begetter of "lonely end" offense last year, was named for 19th award by Touchdown Club of New York for "rendering unusual service to football."