Al Wiggins, Ohio State's all-round swimmer, proved once again that he is master of all strokes, churning 200-yard individual medly (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle) in 2:07.5 to better own U.S. record in NCAA championships at New Haven, Conn. (March 31).
Sylvia Ruuska, blonde 13-year-old Berkeley, Calif. youngster, took field by surprise in Miami International Swim Regatta, covered 400-yard individual medley in 5:16.8, nearly two seconds better than Shelley Mann's U.S. mark (March 30).
April 9, 1956
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, shorn of his goatee by Athletic Commission ruling but still packing plenty of excess weight around paunchy middle, toyed with Howard King for 10 rounds to win nontitle bout at Sacramento.
L. (for Langston) C. (for Carl) Morgan, mystery lightweight who reduced his list of managers from three to one, floored fourth-ranked Ludwig Lightburn in first, came back from ninth-round knockdown to take 10-round decision at Cleveland.
Art Aragon, Los Angeles' brawling Golden Boy, knocked out rough Danny Giovanelli in ninth at Hollywood, gave versatile and voluble Harvey Knox, his new manager, reason to celebrate. Harvey's celebration included taking punch at Los Angeles sportswriter.
Germinal Ballarin, French middleweight, joined growing "I-Beat-Kid-Gavilan Club," outpunching once-feared former titleholder, who has little left but his old reputation, to win 10-rounder in Paris.
Babe McCoy, Los Angeles match-maker, had some more trying moments in California boxing investigation. McCoy admitted he played host to Frankie Carbo and ex-convict Mickey Cohen, was implicated in additional fixed fights by Boxers Watson Jones, Young Harry Wills and Carlos Chavez. At week's end, with McCoy hanging limply on ropes, committee ended Los Angeles hearings, prepared to move on to San Francisco and more fireworks (see page 15).
Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Sometime Thing, fast-moving 4-year-old out of Discovery, was eased into early lead by Jockey Eric Guerin, held on grimly in stretch against challenging Searching and Myrtle's Jet to earn photo-finish victory in swift (1:22 4/5 for seven furlongs) $28,050 Barbara Frietchie Handicap at Bowie, Md.
TRACK AND FIELD
Parry O'Brien of San Francisco Olympic Club flexed his big muscles, got off tosses of 184 feet 10 inches in discus, 59 feet 9‚Öù inches in shotput at Santa Barbara Easter Relays for best combined distance performance in track history.
Dave Sime, powerful-striding Duke sprinter with eye on Olympics, warmed up with 0:09.4 hundred at Columbia, S.C., five days later hustled through 0:09.5 race, also won broad jump in Florida Relays Carnival at Gainesville.
Bill Dellinger, 1954 NCAA mile champion, and Australia's Jim Bailey, last year's winner, battled right down to finish line before Dellinger barely edged rival in 4:10 in Willamette Relays at Salem, Ore. (see below).
Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings picked up where they left off last year, began final battle for Stanley Cup at Montreal. Canadiens, trailing 4-2 in opening game, turned on power in third period, scored four times for 6-4 victory and 1-0 lead in playoff series.
NCAA officials finally gave up on electronic machine, turned to "human judges" after gadget gave Northwestern's Al Kuhn controversial decision over Yale's Rex Aubrey in meet record-breaking (0:49.3) 100-yard freestyle in championships at New Haven. North Carolina State's speedy Dick Fadgen (200-yard butterfly in 2:16.3, 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.1), Iowa's Lincoln Hurring (200-yard backstroke in 2:07.5, 100-yard backstroke in 0:58.1) and Indiana's Bill Woolsey (220-yard freestyle in 2:04.7, 440-yard freestyle in 4:31.1) were double winners, while Ohio State, with help of victories by Al Wiggins in 200-yard medley (see "Record Breakers"), Don Harper in three-meter dive and Frank Fraunfelter in one-meter dive, scored 68 points to capture team championship.
Ft. Wayne dropped first game of NBA title playoff to Philadelphia 98-94, came back next night on home court to edge Warriors 84-83, tying series at 1-1.
Mike Souchak, husky former Duke footballer, dropped five-foot putt for birdie on last hole, won Azalea Open with 273 at Wilmington, N.C.
Ch. Barrage of Quality Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Jouett Shouse's fawn-and-white boxer following in paw steps of famous father Ch. Bang Away, took best-in-show at International Kennel Club in Chicago.
DIED—Ralph De Palma, 73, veteran racing driver, AAA national champion in 1912 and 1914; Indianapolis 500 winner in 1915; of cancer, at South Pasadena, Calif. De Palma retired in 1934 after winning record-breaking 2,557 of 2,889 races and earning estimated $1,500,000 in 27 years.
DIED—William H. (Bill) Cane, 81, breeder and owner of harness horses, sponsor of rich Hambletonian at his Good Time Park in Goshen, N.Y., president of Yonkers Raceway; of heart attack, at Miami Beach.