Dick Davidson, 10, of San Bernardino, Calif., racing in competition since he was 8, used his 4-feet-7 and 72 pounds to pilot a 15-horsepower motorboat to a new mark of 48.004 miles per hour. Said his champion boatman father: "This record is recognized in Russia."
Emma Lee Vickers, 5-foot-10 forward for Culkin Academy High School, Vicksburg, Miss., led her undefeated girls' basketball team to its 71st victory in 74 games in three years with an 83-point performance in the only game in which she played four quarters.
Richard Dyer, a 225-pound sales executive from Berwyn, Pa. and a member of two U.S. Olympic Fencing teams, won the George Piller Memorial international saber tournament at the New York Athletic Club, defeated Ed Richards, a 145-pounder, in a fence-off.
Raoul (Rod) Dedeaux, baseball coach at USC, and a former shortstop for Casey Stengel in Brooklyn, was named collegiate coach of the year after the Trojans won their third NCAA title last year in Omaha and 11th straight conference championship.
January 29, 1962
Martin Hyman, an English schoolmaster, was first in the Sao Paulo, Brazil so-called "round-the-houses" race with a time of 21 minutes, 24.7 seconds for the four and a half miles, beat Olympic Marathon Winner Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia by only 5.1 seconds.
Mike Mitchell, 16, high school student of San Pablo, Calif., who began bowling when he was 13 years old, won the Ten Game Junior Endurance Classic in San Francisco with a 206.7 average and a single-game high of 257 in the scratch tournament event at Castle Lanes.