Governor Averell Harriman of New York, guest at the New York baseball writers' annual dinner, unintentionally gave the audience of 1,400 its richest moment when he referred to baseball's commissioner as "my friend Ford Frisk." Comedian Phil Silvers, who followed Harriman, brought down the house: "I've been a baseball fan for a long time, so long in fact that I can remember when Ford Frisk was Ford Frick."
While Soviet athletes were plucking medals at Cortina, there rose rumbles of "overemphasis" back home. Komsomolskaya Pravda, Communist youth paper, featured a letter criticizing "championomania." Quote: "Of late the steady, systematic job of training physically well-developed, strong and sturdy men and women has been replaced...by the training of individual champions and record holders."
Nashua and Swaps could meet again on St. Patrick's Day since both are eligible for the Gulfstream Park Handicap in Florida that day. Swaps was a surprise nomination the day before the lists closed last week.
Meanwhile, horse racing fans got set to assess 1956's new group of 3-year-olds in a series of late winter races in Florida and California. Surprise of the week was the victory of a colt appropriately known as Call Me Lucky (aided by the weights) over two of the most touted 3-year-olds of all, the Florida colt Needles, who was 1955's two-year-old of the year, and the much-admired Nail, in an allowance race at Hialeah.
A Congressman with an interesting notion of how to prevent boxing champions from falling into deep tax debt is Democrat J. Vaughan Gary of Virginia. He proposes a change in the tax laws to make a boxer's purse subject to withholding deductions at source. If such a provision had been enforced, Joe Louis would not now owe the U.S. $1,210,789 which he cannot pay.