Rodger Ward has good reason to smile after zipping his zingy Leader Card Special at a record-breaking 135.857 mph to win Indianapolis "500," $106,850 for car, $42,740 for self, kiss from Actress Erin O'Brien.
Don Whitt, 28, Borrego Springs, Calif. pro unable to win in four years, suddenly has golf's hottest sticks. In one week, he won Memphis Open playoff, shot 274 to take Kentucky Derby Open at Louisville.
Margo Hedges, 20, pretty coed at Weber Junior College in Ogden, Utah, upset male rivals no end when she teamed with Lorin Burton to win doubles title in Intermountain Conference varsity tennis championships.
Larry Penacho, Sturdy-muscled San Diego 14-year-old who holds national junior trick water-ski title and spends endless hours perfecting form, gave home town fans treat when he won Western Open boys' division.
June 7, 1959
Ryutaro Azuma, 66, wiry, retired physician, onetime oarsman and now governor of Tokyo, saw hopes to restore Japanese self-respect through sports come to fruition when 1964 Olympics were awarded to Tokyo.
Christine Truman, strapping 18-year-old Briton who has sights firmly set on Wimbledon, continued to tune up for biggest prize, downing Hungary's Suzy Kormoczy 6-4, 7-5 in final of French singles at Paris.
Max Bonham, veteran horseman with feathery touch, expertly guided Carl Miller's big Canadian-bred bay gelding, Windsor Castle, over obstacles to win four blues and open-jumper championship at Devon.