Jimmy Miller, a 37-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind. pilot who flies a homemade plane, captured the National Air Race title at Fort Wayne over 13 others by zipping around the 35 ‚Öù-mile course in an average 199.145 mph.
Bobbie Herndon, mother of three from Springfield, Ill., became first woman to win National Rebel Sailing title when she outskippered 38 others, including her husband, who was third, at Vermilion, Ohio.
Iolanda Balas, Rumanian high jumper who could do no better than 5 feet 5¾ inches in 1956 Olympics, promised to be a strong 1960 Olympic contender when she broke world record with 6-foot½-inch leap.
Vincent Scott, 20-year-old University of Maryland end from Wilmington. Del., tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record, alerted others to value of colleges' new, wider goal posts, by booting three field goals in one game.
October 4, 1959
Oscar Obert, 28-year-old handball ace representing the New York AC, won the U.S. National One-wall Handball championship in an impressive 21-13, 21-6 victory over Victor Hershkowitz in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lloyd Miller, 39, led a three-man Florida team to victory in a spinfishing contest against California by outcatching California foes first in their home waters, and later at Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
Mary Bignal, attractive 19-year-old pentathlon star from England who beat Russia in the broad jump and 80-meter hurdles in a meet last month, was voted Sportswoman of the Year by English Sports Writers Assn.