University of Texas foursome of George Schneider, Jerry Prewit, Bobby Whilden and Frank Daugherty found track to their liking at Kansas Relays in Lawrence, sprinted 440-yard relay in hasty 0:40.1 to better world record set by another Texas quartet (which included Prewit and Whilden) last May (April 21).
Allen C. Sherman Jr., 28-year-old Brooklyn executive, found himself with two hours to squander while waiting for hotel room in San Juan, used time to bring in 756-pound blue marlin, largest ever caught on 80-pound test line (April 19).
Bill Yorzyk, fast-moving Springfield pre-med student, took dead aim at Japanese star Jiro Nagasawa's world butterfly marks, swooshed 200 meters in 2:16.7 and 220 yards in 2:18.7 for new world standards at Winchendon, Mass. (April 14).
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Thane Baker, former Kansas State star now stationed at Lockbourne AFB, got assist from wind in 0:09.3 hundred, later headed into same gusts to tear off world-record 0:29.4 clocking for 300-yard dash at Ohio Relays in Columbus, Ohio (April 21).
Buck Baker, daring 36-year-old racing driver from Charlotte, N.C., gunned his Chrysler around dirt track at Langhorne, Pa. for 150 miles in 1:58.32, set new NASCAR Grand National record (April 22).
New York Yankees, with aid of long-distance hitting by Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, were off and running in American League pennant race, taking two out of three from Washington before sweeping series with Boston 7-1, 14-10, 13-6. Chicago got good pitching from Billy Pierce and Jack Harshman, kept pace with Yankees by beating Cleveland 2-1, 1-0 and winning twice in Kansas City.
Milwaukee opened with two in a row over Chicago, split four games with St. Louis to hold slight edge over second-place Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Cubs. Cincinnati's Ray Jablonski hit four homers, one a grand slam, but Reds were able to manage only one victory while Phillies' Robin Roberts became first National League pitcher to win two games.
TRACK AND FIELD
Parry O'Brien, in face-to-face meeting with latest challenger, Kansas' Bill Nieder, muscled steel ball 60 feet 2‚⅛ inches, held on to ranking as world's No. 1 shot putter at Kansas Relays in Lawrence. With O'Brien ineligible for medal, Nieder's toss of 59 feet 7‚Öû inches won event and set meet record.
Antti Viskari, solemn-faced Finnish Army sergeant, moved out in front on Heartbreak Hill, held off Boston University's challenging Johnny Kelley to capture 26-mile 385-yard Boston A.A. Marathon in 2:14.14, fastest time ever for distance.
Bobby Boyd, lanky second-ranked middleweight, mauled through dull 10-rounder with stubby Holly Mims at Chicago, was handed decision that drew boos from sparse (2,496) but vocal crowd.
Gene (Cyclone) Fullmer, back at same old free-swinging stand after being sidelined by illness, banged away lustily with both hands, outpunched plodding middleweight Ralph (Tiger) Jones in action-packed bout at Cleveland.
Eddie Machen, sharp-hitting young Californian with only dozen pro fights, was cautiously moved into the big time by Manager Sid Flaherty, responded by raking Nino Valdes with slashing lefts to take 10-round decision at San Francisco.
Willie Pep, 34-year-old wily ex-featherweight champion, reached into well-stocked bag of tricks, deftly outboxed Jackie Blair for 10 rounds at Hartford, Conn. for his 200th victory of 16-year career.
Head Man trailed Winding Way Farm's Golf Ace across finish line by two and a half lengths but Jockey Eddie Arcaro claimed foul, charged Golf Ace with carrying Head Man wide through early stretch, was upheld by stewards who placed C. V. Whitney's 3-year-old first in $61,000 Wood Memorial at Jamaica, N.Y. (see page 55).
No Regrets gave Jockey Johnny Long-den hard time in early going, pulled himself together in time to outduel Lucky G. L. in thrilling finish, won by bare nose in $38,950 California Derby at Tanforan.
Frosty Mr., 3-year-old gray colt beaten in eight previous starts this year, went off at juicy 99-1, surprised field with sturdy bid at head of stretch, came on to win by length and a half in $24,150 Chesapeake Stakes at Laurel, Md.
Princeton, fresh from conquest of Navy's 1952 Olympic champions, pulled second major surprise of eastern season. Picking up Stroke Albert Blaydow's steady 31 beat, Tiger oarsmen knifed through choppy Harlem River waters to defeat favored Penn in Childs Cup regatta at New York.
Billy Maxwell came through with needed birdie on final hole for 272 total, barely beating runners-up Ernie Vossler and George Bayer by single stroke to take Hot Springs (Ark.) Open and $2,400.
KILLED—Walt Faulkner, 37, veteran racing driver, fifth-place finisher at Indianapolis last year, three-time runner-up in Mexican road race; of injuries suffered when car flipped and rolled on him during stock car trials, at Vallejo, Calif.
KILLED—Ernie McAfee, 37, of Beverly Hills, Calif., also veteran of Mexican road race and many U.S. road races, when his Ferrari crashed into tree at 75 mph on turn in Pebble Beach sports car race.
DIED—John A. Heydler, 86, longtime baseball official, president of National League from 1918 until retirement in 1934; after long illness, at San Diego, Calif.