Sport: The Great Man Retires

In Buenos Aires, 300 Argentines gathered at a ceremonial dinner to honor the greatest racing driver of his day. At an age (47) when most drivers are dead or retired, balding, round-faced Juan Manuel Fangio was still the best there was. But the occasion was a sad one, for the champion was leaving the track for good. Announced Fangio firmly: "I will never race again in the rest of my years. Champions, actors and dictators should always retire when they are at the top."

Son of an Italian immigrant to Argentina, sometime bus mechanic, Fangio...