Swaps, Rex Ellsworth's handsome chestnut, bearing 130-pound impost lightly, was held snugly in early going by Willie Shoemaker, took charge soon after halfway mark to flash home by 2½ lengths (see page 8) in world record-breaking 1:39 3/5 for seldom-run mile and 70 yards despite being eased up in last 30 yards of $25,000 Broward Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Fla. (April 14).
Cocky Gastelaars, latest Dutch teenage (18) swim sensation, thrashed 100-meter freestyle in 1:04 at Schiedam, The Netherlands, lowering own world mark set last month (April 14).
Jim Brewer, high-soaring North Phoenix H.S. pole vaulter, cleared 14 feet 5 inches in Arizona Relays at Tempe but had to be satisfied with new U.S. scholastic record of 14 feet 3‚⅛ inches when pole slipped out of official's grasp, crashed into standard and knocked off crossbar (April 14).
April 23, 1956
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, clowning No. 2 heavyweight contender, entertained with between-rounds war dance, flailed weary and puzzled Welsh Pig Farmer Johnny Williams to floor three times (see below) before referee stopped bout in fourth round at Washington, D.C. Puffed-up Manager Lippy Breidbart bravely challenged Rocky Marciano, drew typical reaction from Hurricane: "Yeah man!"
Floyd Patterson, marking time until Manager Cus D'Amato makes right connection, put his quick hands to work against Chief Alvin Williams, swarmed all over second-rate opponent before knocking him out with crushing right to body in third round at Kansas City.
Archie Moore, supposedly fighting himself into shape for June 5 defense of light heavyweight title, weighed in at flabby 196 pounds, belabored mediocre Heavyweight Willie Bean for five rounds before winning by TKO at Richmond, Calif.
Larry Boardman, brash young lightweight who recently upset Wallace (Bud) Smith in nontitle bout, outpunched and outboxed Featherweight Champion Sandy Saddler, took unanimous 10-round decision in over-the-weight clash at Boston.
C. V. Whitney's Career Boy, given his head by Jockey Erie Guerin, charged from last to first, won going away by three lengths in $29,250 Gotham Stakes at Jamaica, N.Y., once more emphasized his stature as Kentucky Derby contender.
Find, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's 6-year-old gelding, moved ahead of Nance's Lad at three-eighths pole, fought off stretch challenge by Joe Jones to take $28,850 Excelsior Handicap at Jamaica.
Princeton's lightly regarded varsity, stroking at steady 31 beat for most of mile and three-quarters on wind-ruffled Severn, forged into lead when overweight Navy postgraduate crew tired, went on to win by three lengths, spoiling debut of 1952 Olympic champions now back in training at Annapolis with hopes of representing U.S. at Melbourne.
Montreal's hustling Canadiens got scoring power from husky Jean Beliveau (see page 8), fiery Maurice (Rocket) Richard and brilliant Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, spectacular play in nets from acrobatic Goalie Jacques Plante to overpower no-longer-fearsome Detroit 3-1 in fifth game at Montreal, ending Red Wings' two-year grip on Stanley Cup.
Erwin Klein, redheaded 17-year-old Los Angeles schoolboy, and Mrs. Leah Neuberger, plumpish 34-year-old New York matron, teamed up to outmaneuver Czechoslovakia's Ivan Andreadis and England's Ann Haydon in five-set mixed doubles, gave U.S. its only title as agile Japanese dominated play in world championships held at Tokyo.
TRACK & FIELD
Parry O'Brien, hefty Olympic champion, and his latest challenger, Kansas' Bill Nieder (see page 30), went for distance again in shotput, both surpassing once-invincible 60-foot barrier (O'Brien for eighth time, Nieder for first time). O'Brien, who holds world indoor record of 61 feet 5¼ inches, heaved heavy ball 60 feet 8½ inches at Berkeley, Calif.; Nieder got off toss of 60 feet 3 inches in dual meet against Oklahoma A&M at Lawrence, Kans., bettered own NCAA mark set week earlier.
John Landy, Australia's butterfly-chasing mile world-record holder (3:58), found himself entangled in AAU red tape and international protocol when invited to run in U.S., finally got green light to display his speed in Southern California Relays at Los Angeles May 5 and West Coast Relays at Fresno May 12.
New York Yankees squeezed past their World Series conquerors, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1-0, on four-hit pitching of Bob Turley and Bob Grim, and Chicago Cubs, with aid of robust hitting by Outfielder Walt Moryn, took pair from neighboring White Sox 11-8, 9-2 in preseason city series, as major leaguers wound up exhibition schedule, prepared for pennant races ahead.
Sam Snead took advantage of Fred Wampler's misdirected six-foot putt on 72nd green to gain tie at 279, put his own putter to work, canned 20-footer on second hole of playoff to defeat Wampler in Greater Greensboro (N.C.) Open.
DIED—Francis Tyler, 51, beefy bobsledder who led U.S. four-man team to 1948 Olympic title, coach and manager in 1952 and 1956; of heart attack, at Lake Placid, N.Y.