President Eisenhower's physicians, as the press duly reported, recommended a southern vacation. Under Dr. Paul Dudley White's plan it will likely include putting and chipping about a golf course, some fishing and some bird shooting. The aim is "steadily increasing activity—both physical and mental, up to his full job." Dr. White, incidentally, found Ike swinging a golf club inside the Gettysburg White House. "He was obviously itching to get back to golf, and he wanted me to practice putting and chip shots with him."
Al Kaline, with a batting average of .340, displaced Ty Cobb as the youngest ballplayer ever to win the American League batting crown. Reason: he's a day younger than Cobb was when Ty won the championship in 1907, also at age 20.
Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons will look out upon this Feast of Stephen and his job will be to make Nashua's price (see page 30) come out at least crisp and even for Leslie Combs and friends. Nashua can look forward to steady work in Florida after a Christmas Day layoff. Fitz's feeling: "He's now in the hands of the handicappers."
Top tennis amateur of 1955, the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association's ranking committee decided, was Tony Trabert, now a professional and battling it out with Pancho Gonzales to see who is the No. 1 pro. Outlookfor Trabert: fair to poor after winning one match in the first four on tour with Gonzales.
Track athletes applauded a ban by the United Kingdom Amateur Athletic Association on preadvertised record attempts but were less pleased by a ruling that would reject records achieved with assistance of a pacer (as was Roger Bannister's first four-minute mile at Oxford). But his Vancouver race with John Landy raises no questions. That was a sure record.