Notre Dame's loss to Michigan State was just one
dramatic development in an upset weekend which patiently has been waiting to
happen since the 1955 collegiate football season began. Other heretofore
unbeaten teams which fell: Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, TCU, Washington and
Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall, the talented young aces of
the Australian Davis Cup team, executed the year's most ingenious tennis
mousetrap: they refused professional contracts from Jack Kramer (who had
already signed up U.S. Champion Tony Trabert)—and thereby virtually assured
Australia's hold on the cup into 1957.
Donald Campbell of England, who hopes to set a new
world speedboat record with his jet-propelled Bluebird on Nevada's Lake Mead,
suffered a twin-jet disappointment instead. Thwarted in a scheduled record run
by heavy swells, Campbell hopped out just in time as the $100,000 Bluebird
shipped water while under tow and sank in 50 feet of water.
Gordon Pirie, who can run about as fast and as far as
anyone in the world when he's in the mood, gave British Olympic hopes a new
lift when he beat one of the world's alltime great distance men twice within a
period of four days. The loser: Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia. The distances:
5,000 and 10,000 meters, at which Zatopek holds the Olympic records.
Fred Hutchinson, signed as St. Louis Cardinal manager
after a pennant-winning year at Seattle, was handed the job of taking the Card
youth movement ( Bill Virdon, Ken Boyer, Wally Moon, Vinegar Bend Mizell) back
to the top of the National League. Two not-so-youthful reasons Hutchinson hopes
to get there quick: Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst.