Walter Reed Swim Club's swift young mermaids Shelley Mann (backstroke), Mary Jane Sears (breaststroke), Betty Mullen (butterfly) and Wanda Werner (freestyle), swooshed through 400-yard medley in fantastic 4:23 at Detroit in special attempt, bettered own world short-course record by more than 10 seconds (March 8).
Philadelphia Warriors, fresh from title-clinching triumph over New York in Eastern Division of NBA, went all-out in next game, overwhelmed Boston Celtics 142-120 at Philadelphia for new league scoring mark (March 8).
Yale's sharpshooting sophomore Johnny Lee scored 41 points as Elis defeated Harvard 99-73 at New Haven, bringing his Ivy League total to 337, a new one-season standard (March 10).
March 19, 1956
Tommy Kono, barrel-chested Nisei strong boy, moved out of middleweight class to take crack at light-heavyweight world records, promptly pressed 317½ pounds, hefted total of 977½ pounds to surpass two marks in Hawaiian AAU championships at Honolulu (March 10).
Tony DeMarco, wild-punching former short-term welterweight titleholder, hit the canvas in first round but bounced back to belabor ailing (with infected left ear) Lightweight Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith with jolting left hooks to stomach, won non-title fight by TKO in ninth at Boston when Smith's seconds threw in towel.
Rory Calhoun, unbeaten young (21) middleweight sensation from White Plains, N.Y., floored game but outclassed Andre Tessier with right-hand smash in fifth, earned his 19th straight victory when referee stopped bout in New York.
Golden Glovers moved step closer to March 21 finals in New York's Madison Square Garden as Pittsburgh won eastern title in New York and St. Louis took western crown in Chicago.
TRACK AND FIELD
Wes Santee, given second reprieve by New York State Supreme Court in his running battle with AAU (see page 13), ran another "Santee" mile at Milwaukee Journal games, waltzed home in 4:10.5, hopefully predicted "I'll do better next week" after Billy Tidwell won "special" mile in 4:10.9.
Tom Courtney, muscular Fort Dix buck private, zoomed around 369th Regiment Armory in 1:52.2, fastest ever for flat floor half mile, in Pioneer Club meet at New York. Harrison Dillard, in twilight of long career, won hurdles as hitherto undefeated Lee Calhoun finished fourth.
Clarkson outskated St. Lawrence 7-4 for 21st victory, became nation's first unbeaten college team since Colgate turned trick in 1947 but will not compete in NCAA championships at Colorado Springs March 15-17. Reason: seven seniors on 18-man squad are fourth-year players and ineligible for tournament under NCAA rules.
Bobby Brocato, reformed sprinter now trained for long pull, broke in front, stayed there for full mile and three-quarters under able ride by Jockey George Taniguchi to win $115,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap on closing day at Santa Anita. Favored Social Outcast finished fourth in field of 13.
Reaping Right, husky chestnut 3-year-old, bided his time while other horses set early pace, charged into lead in stretch to score by length in $50,350 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds as New Orleans track completed 83rd winter meeting.
Iowa's determined Hawkeyes put on second-half push against pesky Indiana, gained 84-73 victory, Big Ten title for second straight year, bid to represent conference in NCAA tournament (see page 21).
Billy Walsh, 39-year-old Winnipeg curler, expertly skipped his Manitoba rink to 8-7 victory over Ontario's Alfie Phillips in extra game after two teams finished in tie during regulation 10-game playoff at Moncton, N.B., took his second Canadian championship in five years.
Navy's Jim Estep outslashed Rutgers' Nicholas Kontakis 5-0 in final saber bout to give Middies scant one-point edge over Columbia and Princeton and three-weapon honors in Intercollegiate Fencing Association championships in New York.
Louise Suggs, freckled Sea Island, Ga. pro, kept her temper in check when ball behaved badly ("I was boiling"), dropped 15-foot downhill putt on final green to win her third Titleholders' championship by single stroke (302 to 303) when veteran Patty Berg's similar shot on same hole rimmed cup at Augusta, Ga.
Pitt grapplers matched Penn State's three individual titles, barely outscored Nittany Lions 74-73 to take third straight Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association crown at Bethlehem, Pa.
Anderl Molterer, Austrian carpenter, zipped down hazardous 9,500-foot mountainside to take men's downhill, added victory in slalom to win Arlberg Kandahar title at Sestriere, Italy as Austria's triple Olympic champion Toni Sailer, who has done most of his training lately on banquet circuit, did poorly in both events.
DIED—Arthur F. Hofman, 73, onetime major leaguer; at St. Louis. Known as Circus Solly, Hofman was Chicago Cubs' outfielder who threw ball to Johnny Evers to retire Fred Merkle in play which cost New York Giants pennant in 1908.