George Breen, powerful stroker from Cortland State Teachers, set off assault on world swimming records in men's AAU indoor championships at New Haven, stroking one mile in 19:40.4 (April 5). Other world record breakers last week: Japan's tiny Jiro Nagasawa, who swooshed 220-yard butterfly in 2:19.4 (April 6) and North Carolina AC's Bill Sonner, Jack Nelson, Dick Fadgen and Dave McIntyre, who hustled through 400-yard medley relay in 3:46.2 at same meet (April 7); Lafayette (Ind.) AC's Lucy Crocker, Helen Hughes, Barbara Love and Joan Rozazza, who rattled off 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:56.8 in women's AAU indoor meet at Daytona Beach (April 6).
Ruth Kratz of Baltimore rolled four-game total of 569 for distaff world mark in National Open Duckpin Tournament at Charlotte, N.C. (April 7).
April 16, 1956
Honest Bill Daly blandly offered Champion Johnny Saxton $100,000 to meet his meal ticket, Vince Martinez, for welterweight title, then watched Martinez methodically punch out 10-round decision over willing but badly outclassed Miguel Diaz at Miami Beach.
Willie Pastrano, seventh-ranked New Orleans heavyweight with fast feet, jiggling nimbly and relying upon stabbing left jab to pile up points, led hulking Johnny Arthur merry chase to win 10-rounder at New Orleans.
Joey Giambra, handsome young middleweight in second fight since release from Army, showed signs of rustiness as rough-and-ready British Import John L. Sullivan hammered him with lusty blows in middle rounds, but used boxing skill to take decision at Syracuse, N.Y.
Willie (The Beard) Gilzenberg, ex-treasurer of defunct London Sporting Club who flew coop to native New Jersey when New York boxing commission revoked his permit and fined him $5,000 (still uncollected), received official blessing and renewal of promoter's license from New Jersey Commissioner Joe Walker, an act which brought shocked comment from Julius Helfand, who had expected neighboring state to honor reciprocal agreement to recognize suspensions: "We are completely surprised and disappointed. This...could hurt boxing."
Phillips 66ers, one of two AAU teams in round-robin Olympic trials at Kansas City, barely edged College All-Stars on point-spread formula after each posted 2-1 record, won five places on 12-man U.S. Olympic squad.
AAU indoor championships brought forth glistening performances as North Carolina AC barely won men's title with 72 points at New Haven, and Washington's Walter Reed Swim Club easily captured women's crown with 110 points at Daytona Beach. Only double winners among men were Cortland State's George Breen, who won 1,500-meter freestyle in 18:20.2 and 440-yard freestyle in 4:30.1, and Ohio State's versatile Al Wiggins, who set meet record of 0:54.5 in 100-yard butterfly and also took 100-yard backstroke in 0:57. American records were set by North Carolina's Dick Fadgen in 220-yard breaststroke (2:37.1) and Army's Donald Kutyna in 100-yard breaststroke (1:03). Women swimmers accounted for even more U.S. marks, three of them by Walter Reed aquamaids, as Shelley Mann streaked 200-yard butterfly in 2:26.3, Mary Jane Sears thrashed 200-yard breaststroke in 3:22.1 and Dougie Gray covered 500-yard freestyle in 5:55.8. Pretty 15-year-old Carin Cone of Ridge-wood, N.J. also accounted for new mark, paddling 200-yard backstroke in 2:26.4.
Sailor, Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloane's 4-year-old chestnut colt, found sloppy track to his liking, splashed through mud at Bowie to win $110,750 John B. Campbell Memorial by four lengths but suffered swollen left ankle, may be sidelined for several weeks.
Big Pancho Gonzales complained bitterly about single-service and 21-point scoring rules but still had best game, overpowering scrambling little Pancho Segura 21-15, 13-21, 21-14, 22-20 to win pro tournament at Cleveland (see page 49).
Jack Burke Jr., down eight strokes going into final round, shot steady 71 as Amateur Ken Venturi, who led most of way, and Cary Middlecoff met disaster, won his first Masters title at Augusta (see page 28).
Montreal Canadiens overpowered Detroit 3-0 on hot stickwork of Jean Beliveau after splitting two games earlier in week 5-1, 1-3, moved to 3-1 lead, needed one more victory to take Stanley Cup.
TRACK & FIELD
John Landy loped along for three laps, then turned on speed to check in with 3:58.6 mile at Melbourne, breaking four-minute barrier for fourth time, apologetically revealed: "I was extremely surprised. I felt I was running woefully."
Jack Davis ran away from winter sensation Lee Calhoun to take 120-yard high hurdles in 0:13.8 at rain-plagued Quantico Relays; University of Kansas dominated Texas Relays at Austin.
BORN—to Luis Miguel Dominguin, heroic Spanish matador, and Lucia Bose, curve-some Italian movie star; their first child, a son; at Panama.
DIED—John J. (Donna) Fox, 59, veteran bobsledder, longtime U.S. Olympic contestant, coach and official; of heart attack, at Ridgewood, N.J.