Sport: Scoreboard, Jan. 10, 1955

¶ Mai Whitfield, 30, the world's best half-miler, won the James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the U.S. amateur athlete "who, by performance, example and good influence, did the most to advance the cause of good sportsmanship during the year." "Marvelous Mai," the first Negro winner of the Sullivan Trophy since it was established in 1930, actually had his best year in 1953, but his amateur standing was under scrutiny then (he has since been fully cleared).

¶ Wes Santee, who holds the U.S. record for the mile (4:00.6), tried to run a less-than-four-minute mile last week in a race at New...

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