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George Byers, Columbus auto dealer, waited all day for winds to calm, led mass assault on world hydroplane records on Inland Waterway at Hollywood Beach, Fla. Byers raised his seven-liter mark from 125.436 mph to 133.39. Kansas City's Sid Street upped his 266-cu.-in. record from 127.864 to 132.60. Ronald Smith, Mount Holly, N.J., sped 111.641 mph in 225-cu.-in. boat; Carlo Roncallo, Miami, added fourth record of 37.664 mph in 36-cu.-in. runabout (Dec. 27).
New York Giants won first NFL championship since 1938, rubbing it in 47-7 over Chicago Bears before 57,000 frostbitten fans in Yankee Stadium. Stone-wall Giant defense, anchored by Andy Robustelli, Rosy Grier, pinned Bear attack, while Backs Frank Gilford, Mel Triplett, Chuck Conerly and Alex Webster had field day (see page 50).
Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets denied Pittsburgh revenge for 1956 Sugar Bowl defeat, stung game Panthers 21-14 in Gator Bowl as Coach Bobby Dodd kept clean eight-game bowl record (see page 51). Stanford's pass master John Brodie spurred West to 7-6 upset over East in Shrine game. Oklahoma power helped North upend South 17-7 in Shrine all-star match in Orange Bowl, Blues trounced Grays 14-0 in Montgomery, Ala. all-star game. Small-college leaders Montana State and St. Joseph's of Indiana slogged to scoreless tie in mud at Little Rock in NAIA Aluminum Bowl (see below).
Coaching musical-chairs season warmed up as ex-Oklahoma star Darrell Royal jumped second contract in 10 months, left $17,000-a-year Washington U. post for longer pact (five years) and "more of that other stuff" at Texas U.
Australia's Wunderkinder, Lew Hoad and Ken Rose wall, rocked Americans in opening singles, rolled on as anticipated to blank U.S. in Davis Cup tourney 5-0 for second straight year. But Houston's slashing Sammy Giammalva, in Challenge Round debut, delighted Adelaide, Australia crowds, lifted lagging U.S. hopes for future. Hustling Jack Kramer immediately signed Rosewall to $65,000, two-season, tax-free pro contract with fringe trimmings, continued siege of reluctant Hoad (see page 45).