Mickey Mantle, slugging New York Yankee outfielder whose batting tailed off ever so slightly this year, still won American League's MVP award for second time. Said Mickey: "A complete surprise...I thought Ted Williams would make it easily."
Mrs. Jan Burke, comely brunette who has been around race tracks almost all her life, got her biggest thrill when gallant 5-year-old, Dedicate, recently retired, was named handicap horse of the year in annual Morning Telegraph poll (see below).
Sam Hanks, heavy-footed wheel jockey for 22 years and winner of Indianapolis 500 last May, who will retire after Dec. 1 250-miler at Riverside, Calif., was honored as USAC's man of year "for many fine contributions to auto racing," at Los Angeles.
Crawford Kennedy, young Scotsman who runs for Michigan State, beat Ron Delany by 90 yards in New York to succeed older brother Henry as IC4 A cross-country champion, this week was fifth behind Max Truex in NCAA meet at East Lansing.
Asa S. Bushnell, sometimes stern but always able commissioner of Eastern College Athletic Conference, has been named to receive Touchdown Club of New York 1957 award for "individual who has made a contribution of permanent value to football."