Dickie Walden, a 15-year-old Columbia, Mo. pitcher, set a record of sorts in recreation league play by throwing four no-hitters and losing all of them. He finished the season with a 2-5 losing mark, even though he struck out 119 men and gave up only 13 hits.
Irene Eppenauer, 15, of Pecos, Texas, who has been riding since she could walk, won the pole bending and breakaway roping events and was named all-round cowgirl over more than 100 other girls at the U.S. high school championship rodeo in Tarkio, Mo.
Abdel Latif Abu Heif, a 34-year-old Egyptian who stroked across the English Channel three times, plunged into Lake Michigan in Chicago and 34 hours, 45 minutes and 60 miles later emerged in St. Joseph, Mich., the winner of a $15,000 race.
Malin Burnham, a former world Star champion, skippered the K-40 class sloop Venture into the lead at the start and held position over a 13-mile ocean course to retain the 68-year-old San Francisco Perpetual Challenge Cup for the San Diego Yacht Club.
Max Hempt, 43, a Mechanicsburg, Pa. Standardbred breeder who carries more than 250 pounds on his d-foot 7-inch frame, scored five goals for a nearby polo team to lead it to victory. Hempt, who had played only once in 10 years, was a last-minute substitute.
Julie Heldman, 17, of New York became the first Easterner since 1939 to win the U.S. girls' 18-and-under lawn tennis championship when she blasted California's top-seeded Jane Albert off the court in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, to take the title over 94 others.