Nancy Ramey, 19-year-old swimmer from Washington AC, Seattle, bettered her own world record mark for the 110-yard butterfly by splashing the distance in 1:09.8 at the Pan American trials, East Lansing, Mich.
Bob Ptacek, Cleveland Brown draft choice, was named most valuable All-Star player in game against Baltimore Colts, was only All-Star quarterback to drive team inside Colt 10-yard line in 29-0 loss at Chicago.
Sven Hansen, 30, from Sweden, swept into Plymouth, England in his new yawl Anitra, became the corrected-time winner of the 605-mile Fastnet race, England's biggest, and one of the world's toughest races.
Harry Parker, 23-year old stroke from Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club, coached by former Diamond Sculls champion Jack Kelly, took National Rowing title at Detroit, became likely candidate for Diamond Sculls himself.
August 23, 1959
James Caspers, 28-year old plumber from Racine, Wis., led U.S. team in sweep of all four titles for world archery championship, broke world record of 2,231 total points by shooting 2,247 points, Stockholm.
Jane Baldasare, 24-year-old mermaid from New York City, won the novelty title by donning an aqualung, diving into the surf at Pensacola Beach, Fla. and swimming 14 miles, submerged, through the cool blue.
Carl Yastrzemski, 19-year-old baseball promise billed as the next Ted Williams by the Red Sox—who paid $100,000 for him—belted way to the top of the Class B Carolina League with a .377 batting average.