Feb. 13, 1956
Feb. 13, 1956

Table of Contents
Feb. 13, 1956

Events & Discoveries
Conversation Piece
Sporting Look
  • Right off a Mexican peasant's back, it has been embellished by California designers to become spring's hottest merchandise

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Ski Tip
Fisherman's Calendar
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back



This is an article from the Feb. 13, 1956 issue Original Layout

Charles Vinci, chunky, 122½-pound weight lifter, hoisted 290 pounds overhead in two-hand clean and jerk for new world's bantamweight standard in Ohio AAU tournament at Dayton (Jan. 29). Old mark: 286 pounds.

Ohio State quartet—Yoshi Oyakawa (backstroke), Van Leer Hoffman (breast-stroke), Al Wiggins (butterfly) and Jim Kimmel (freestyle)—eclipsed world record for 200-yard medley relay with 1:42.2 clocking in special attempt at Ohio State Natatorium (Feb. 3). Old standard: 1:47.6, but Iowa State turned in 1:44.8 recently.

Atie Voorbij, 15-year-old Dutch schoolgirl, claimed world mark of 1:11.9 for 100-meter butterfly at Velsen, Holland, beating her old standard by more than a second (Feb. 5).

Charles Krepp, University of North Carolina swimmer, bettered NCAA and American records for 200-yard individual medley with 2:09.2 clocking at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Feb. 4).

George Sydnor, compact Villanova sprinter, became 11th man to run 60 yards indoors in 6.1, tied world record in dash heat at New York's Millrose Games.

Russia displayed vaunted strength to dominate Winter Olympics, but individual standout was Austria's triple gold-medal winner, Alpine Skier Toni Sailer. (See page 21 and Olympic Scoreboard, page 27.)

David Sime, picture-running Duke sophomore, showed he could come off blocks fast, too, won Millrose Games 60-yard dash going away, from veteran field in 6.2 at New York. Among other winners: North Carolina College's Lee Calhoun in 60-yard hurdles (7.3), Villanova's Charley Jenkins in 600-yard run (1:11.2) and Ron Delany in mile (4:09.5), Bob Richards in pole vault (15 feet 4 inches) and Ernie Shelton and Bob Barksdale in high jump (6 feet 8¾ inches).


Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, "up-from-the-sticker-bushes" heavyweight from Far Rockaway, N.Y., slapped, pawed and cuffed bemused Bob Baker about Madison Square Garden ring with splendid energies, won majority decision in televised 10-rounder.

Cisco Andrade, Compton, Calif. insurance broker, used persistent jab to gain split decision over three-time Lightweight Champion Jimmy Carter in 10-round bout at Chicago.

Don Jordan, scored curious 5-round TKO over former Lightweight Champion Paddy DeMarco in Los Angeles. Ahead on points, DeMarco was dropped to his knees with sweeping right in fifth, got up and trotted toward corner, his jaw broken in two places, with Jordan flailing at his back and head (see below) before referee stopped bout.

New York boxing commission offices were ransacked and set ablaze by vandal who missed important probe papers stored in fireproof vaults. It was third time in three years that offices had been entered.

International Boxing Guild, parent body of banned New York affiliate, "is going to move for a charter in the AFL-CIO," announced straight-faced Chicago Labor Lawyer Leo Miller.


San Francisco added Nos. 41 and 42 to consecutive win streak, downing San Jose State and Loyola (L.A.) 67-40, 68-46, leaving the Dons coupled with St. Francis (Brooklyn) as the nation's only major unbeaten teams, Temple having been edged to first loss by Muhlenberg 67-66. St. Francis toppled St. Peter's (N.J.) 92-82 and Creighton 99-75.

Vanderbilt remained atop Southeastern Conference with 69-56 win over Georgia, while Kentucky beat Georgia Tech, Duke and Auburn, the last featuring desperate Kentucky roughhousing to prevent loss, 82-81; Duke upset North Carolina 64-59 to gain Atlantic Coast Conference lead.

Criollo, Dr. Luis H. Vidana's 67-foot Cuban yawl, plowed through rolling seas to win Miami-to-Nassau race on both elapsed and corrected time (see below), as Carleton Mitchell's little (38-foot) Finisterre, carrying full main mizzen and overlapping jib while most of fleet was shortened down, finished second. Mitchell's yawl came back at week's end, however, to defeat Criollo on corrected time in 30-mile Nassau Cup.

Cary Middlecoff gained his second victory of winter circuit, shooting a 276 to take $15,000 Phoenix Open after surrendering lead on 66th hole to Amateur Jim Tom Blair III of Jefferson City, Mo., who then put himself out of competition by driving into pond on 69th. Big Mike Souchak closed fast with a 69 on final 18 for 279 and second money.


Switch On, Gerald Colella's 5-year-old chestnut gelding, outlasted Social Outcast for second time in 10 days, won $66,500 McLennan Handicap by head at Hialeah.

Eddie Arcaro brought Irish-bred Our Betters through on inside in stretch for three-quarters-length victory in $57,600 Santa Margarita Handicap for filly-and-mare championship of Santa Anita meeting.

John L. (Paddy) Driscoll, 60, celebrated drop-kicker of '20s, Chicago Bears staffer for 15 years, named head coach by predecessor (and owner) George Halas; believed to be oldest freshman coach in NFL history.

Ted Williams, moody left fielder of Tom Yawkey's Boston Red Sox, signed contract for some $100,000; remained world's highest-salaried athlete.


DIED—George (Buck) Weaver, 64, Chicago White Sox third baseman (1912-20), banned from baseball after disclosure of Black Sox scandal of 1919 World Series; of heart attack, at Chicago. Weaver always maintained innocence (he hit .324 and fielded flawlessly in the Series) but was denied reinstatement because of his admission he knew about fix attempts but had not reported them.

DIED—T. Truxton Hare, 77, member of Football Hall of Fame, four-time All-America guard from University of Pennsylvania (1897-1900), Olympic hammer thrower and shotputter (1900), archer and past president of United Bowmen of America; at Radnor, Pa.