Tony Kubek, jack-of-all-positions New York Yankee, and Jack Sanford. Strong-armed Philadelphia righthander, to surprise of no one, were named Rookies of Year by Baseball Writers Association. Kubek, 22, shuttled from second to short to third to left to center by maneuvering Casey Stengel, knew his place at plate, batted .297 in 127 games; Sanford, 28, who bounced around minors for seven years until given chance by Phillies, startled National League with 19-8 record, led all major leaguers with 188 strikeouts.
Harry Gregg, handsome young Irish goalie who only five and a half years ago, at tender age of 17, agonizingly watched nine British-fashioned goals stream by him, demonstrated that he had learned his trade well, scooting hither and yon like gleeful leprechaun to turn back attack and lead his team to a 3-2 victory over England first for Ireland in 30 years—at Wembley. Chortled happy Harry after jubilant fans lugged him off pitch on their shoulders: "I've been hoping and praying for this day.... I had to get even."
Scott Frost, gracious-stepping 5-year-old son of Hoot Mon, who stood trotting world on its sulky with his feats in 1955 and 1956 when he was voted harness horse of year, has been retired to stud (fee: $1,000) by Owner Jim Camp and Trainer-Driver Joe O'Brien after coming up lame, will spend rest of his life at Camp's Shafter, Calif. farm contemplating his memorable triumphs and striving to produce champions. Greatest gaited trotter of his time, Scott Frost won Hambletonian, went on to establish one-season money-winning record of $187,000 in 1955, also set mile mark of 2:00 as 2-year-old, reduced time to 1:59 2/5 in 1955 and 1:58 3/5 in 1956, earned $310,000 in lifetime, most ever by trotting stallion.
Alphonse Halimi, confident, curly-topped French Algerian, slugged it out with Mexico's Raul (Raton) Macias for 10 busy rounds, craftily switched style in 11th, jabbing, dancing and generally baffling his tiring opponent to win 15-round split decision and world bantamweight title at Los Angeles (see page 51).
Joey Giardello, No. 3-ranked middleweight, figured he was ready for any emergency when he equipped his corner with oxygen tank to counteract Denver's rarefied atmosphere, but he failed to provide antidote for Wilf Greaves' propensity for running. Exasperated Joey, looking for one big shot, chased bobbing, backtracking rival to tune of boos from crowd of 4,425 to easily win 10-rounder but hardly could be blamed for complaining, "It takes two to make a fight."
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, intent on picking up loose change while waiting for date to be set for proposed $100,000 title defense against Chuck Spieser in Detroit, floored lanky Eddie Cotton three times but couldn't keep him there and wearily had to drag his paunchy 192 pounds around for 10 rounds to win decision at Seattle.
Montreal relinquished NHL lead temporarily to New York, bounced back to top with victories over Detroit 6-0, Boston 4-2, while Rangers were bowing to latest red-hot team, Chicago, 5-0, but Canadiens were only two points ahead at week's end. Black Hawks also out-hustled Toronto 3-1 to grab third place, and Boston and Detroit, unable to untrack themselves, competed with Toronto for cellar.
Charlie Sifford, four-time national Negro golf champion, dropped 10-foot putt for last-round 64 and 10-under-par 203 (for 54 holes) to finish in tie with Eric Monti, needed only three holes to win playoff and $2,100 first prize in Long Beach ( Calif.) Open.
Boston Celtics, riding Sputniklike above NBA, were still unbeaten after eight games and nearly as many fights. With Bill Russell sweeping boards and Bill Sharman flinging baskets, Celts zoomed past Detroit 111-105, Minneapolis (still winless in six games) 103-94, Cincinnati 122-110 in overtime (see below). Philadelphia won three to wrest second place in East from New York. St. Louis moved to top in West, beating Syracuse and Philadelphia as Cincinnati ran losing streak to four.