Sir Edmund Hillary, laconic New Zealand beekeeper who was first to conquer Mount Everest, world's highest peak, led four companions in frigid 1,200-mile dash across Antarctic, became first in 46 years to complete overland trek to South Pole.
Sid Abel, who flicked home many a goal for Detroit from 1938 to 1952, later directed Chicago Black Hawks for two years, returned to slumping Red Wings as successor to ailing Coach Jimmy Skinner, who resigned after winning NHL championship last year.
Chris Crawford, 18, cotton-topped young blaster from Piedmont, Calif., dropped first two sets before he got his powerful net game under control, came on fast and furiously to beat Earl Buchholz 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in Orange Bowl junior final at Miami Beach.
Johnny Simpson, magic-handed sulky master whose superb strategic drives guided Hickory Smoke to victory in Hambletonian and brought Torpid home on top in Little Brown Jug, was aptly named Horseman of Year by The Horseman and Fair World.
Hogan (Kid) Bassey, chunky Nigerian who beat Algeria's Cherif Hamia for world featherweight title last June, was one of five sportsmen (see below) named on Queen Elizabeth's New Year honors list. His prize: Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Pete Cooper, veteran golf pro, found suitable way to celebrate his 43rd birthday anniversary, shooting record-breaking 59 over the par 72 Cleveland Heights course at Lakeland, Fla. to break mark of 63 he had established only two weeks earlier.