In the Year 1959
March 1959 One hundred twenty-six seniors travel to our nation's capitol then New York City.
May 25th 1959 The Class graduates from Huntsville High School.
Lou Costello, Cecil B. De Mille, Frank Lloyd Wright and 10/16/1959, General George C. Marshall dies (Huntsville's NASA center is named for him.)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Selected annually by the editors of Sports Illustrated magazine since 1954.
1959 Ingemar Johansson, boxing
Rookie of the Year Voted on by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. One award was presented from 1947-48. Two awards (one for each league) have been presented since 1949.
NL and AL Combined
1959 Willie McCovey, SF 1B
1959 Sword Dancer Horse of the year.
Kentucky Derby Champion
1959 AP Final Polls
Before Tourns, Head Coach, Final Record
1 Kansas St. 24-1 Tex Winter 25-2
2 Kentucky 23-2 Adolph Rupp 24-3
3 Mississippi St. 24-1 Babe McCarthy same*
4 Bradley 23-3 Chuck Orsborn 25-4
5 Cincinnati 23-3 George Smith 26-4
6 N.C. State 22-4 Everett Case same
7 Michigan St. 18-3 Forddy Anderson 19-4
8 Auburn 20-2 Joel Eaves same
9 North Carolina 20-4 Frank McGuire 20-5
10 West Virginia 25-4 Fred Schaus 29-5
11 California 21-4 Pete Newell 25-4
12 Saint Louis 20-5 John Benington 20-6
13 Seattle 23-6 Vince Cazzetta same
14 St. Joseph's-PA 22-3 Jack Ramsay 22-5
15 St. Mary's-CA 18-5 Jim Weaver 19-6
16 TCU 19-5 Buster Brannon 20-6
17 Oklahoma City 20-6 Abe Lemons 20-7
18 Utah 21-5 Jack Gardner 21-7
19 St. Bonaventure 20-2 Eddie Donovan 20-3
20 Marquette 22-4 Eddie Hickey 23-6
UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year Presented by UPI to the top rookie in the NFL
1956 Lenny Moore, Bal HB
1957 Jim Brown, Cle FB
1958 Jimmy Orr, Pit FL
1959 Boyd Dowler, GB FL
Coach of the Year
Presented by UPI to the top coach in the AFL-NFL (1955-69) and AFC-NFC (1970-96). In 1997, the UPI awards were discontinued. Awards beginning in 1997 are the consensus selections from presenters such as AP, The Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia, The Sporting News and the Pro Football Writers Association. Records indicate the team's change in record from the previous season.
1956 NFL-Buddy Parker, Detroit 3-9 to 9-3
1957 NFL-Paul Brown, Cleveland 5-7 to 9-2-1
1958 NFL-Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore 7-5 to 9-3
1959 NFL-Vince Lombardi, Green Bay 1-10-1 to 7-5
Record of the Year "Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin
Album of the Year Come Dance With Me, Frank Sinatra (Capitol)
Song of the Year "The Battle of New Orleans," Jimmy Driftwood, songwriter
Best Performance, Folk The Kingston Trio at Large, Kingston Trio
Best Comedy Performance, Spoken Word Inside Shelley Berman, Shelley Berman
Best Comedy Performance, Musical The Battle of Kookamonga, Homer and Jethro
Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy) A Lincoln Portrait, Carl Sandburg
British rock group that inspired the psychedelic movement of the 1960s and shaped the course of rock and roll. No band has yet equaled The Beatles's popularity and influence. Singer John Lennon and singer/bassist/pianist Paul McCartney played together in the late 1950s in The Quarrymen. With Harrison they formed The Silver Beatles in 1959, added Starr in 1962 and dropped the Silver. The 1964 song I Want to Hold Your Hand sparked "Beatlemania" in the United States and the band became an international success. The group's albums include A Hard Day's Night (1964), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and their films include A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965). The group disbanded in 1970, claiming they had fulfilled their potential as a band.
This famous movie came out in 1959: Ben-Hur
Director: William Wyler Cast: Charlton Heston, Hugh Griffith, Stephen Boyd and Martha Scott
The epic of all biblical epics, Ben-Hur tells the story with conviction and authority and is at times thrilling, moving and melancholy. Watch for the daring and fast-paced chariot race, which was choreographed so realistically that it left one stuntman dead. The film won a record 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Cinematography.
1959 Academy Awards