Toparoa, New Zealand-owned 7-year-old gelding, held off fast-finishing Rising Fast to win $33,600 Melbourne Cup, Australia's top racing classic, as 72,000 watched, countless other Aussies stopped work to listen to radio description.
Henry H. Knight, one of the world's top commercial Thoroughbred breeders, made good on promise to retire, sold 68 brood mares and 55 weanlings for $1,399,300 at Lexington, Ky. auction. Top price of $60,500 was paid for 9-year-old No Strings by Mrs. Parker Poe's Shawnee Farm of Harrodsburg, Ky.
Clarence W. Miles, instrumental in bringing major league baseball back to Baltimore, announced resignation as president of Orioles, strongly recommended successor be an "experienced baseball executive."
, fiery umpire-baiter, was called up from minors to give Pittsburgh new blood, signed one-year contract to manage cellar-chained Pirates.
, bleeding badly from usual eye cuts, outbullied ex-Lightweight Champion Paddy DeMarco, floored him in sixth with solid punch, went on to take 10-round decision at Baltimore.
Commissioner Julius Helfand
, still trying to penetrate leather curtain of mysterious New York Managers' Guild, adopted get-tough attitude, directed counsel for New York Boxing Commission to institute Supreme Court proceedings to "punish" silent Andy Niederreiter for contempt after Guild's recording secretary, on advice of Lawyer Murray Frank, refused to be sworn as witness.
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, unpredictable heavyweight who keeps insisting "I don't want to fight any more," was banned in Cleveland for refusal to submit to post-fight examination after dropping decision to 6-1 underdog Jimmy Slade, also got himself set down in New York.
, Phoenix, Ariz. speedster, came home first in tragedy-filled (see Mileposts) Bobby Ball Memorial, halted after 97 laps and four accidents at Phoenix, last race under AAA sponsorship.
, Indianapolis 500 winner, failed to finish but won 1955 AAA national driving championship with 2,290 points.