Penny Pitou, 20, Of Gilford, N.H. skied into one of biggest triumphs of her career when she won the downhill and combined championships at Grindelwald (Switz.) international meet.
Phil Hill, 31, who drove in winning cars at Le Mans, Sebring and Argentina sports car races in 1958, was named by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED as the Sports Car Driver of the Year (sec page 26).
Herbert Dorricott, 45, assistant to the president of Western State College in Colorado, was elected president of National Collegiate Athletic Assn., youngest in history of the group.
Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco's .312 batter and first baseman, was named National League's Rookie of the Year, took the news evenly, asked for 100% salary raise to finance pending marriage.
January 19, 1959
Mrs. Ogden phipps, owner of three-time American steeplechase champion Neji, was elected to the board of directors of the United Hunts Racing Assn., became first woman ever so admitted.
Melvin Krulewitch 63, New York lawyer and retired Marine general, was named chairman of State Athletic Commission by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. He succeeds Julius Helfand in post.
Wolfgang Uhlmann, 23-year-old East German chess player, won international chess congress in Hastings, England when Hungarian refugee Geza Fuster of Toronto withdrew after 16 moves.