Walt Mangham, lanky 18-year-old New Castle (Pa.) H.S. youngster, barely missed clearing bar at seven feet, had to be content with leap of 6 feet 9¾ inches, good enough to break U.S. interscholastic high jump record at Pittsburgh (April 28).
Mikhail Krivonosov, husky Russian with one eye firmly focused on Olympics, whirled off toss of 216 feet½ inch, bettered own world mark for hammer throw by more than four feet at Nalchik (April 25).
May 6, 1956
Milwaukee, idled by bad weather, moved into National League lead without swinging bat when Pittsburgh shocked Brooklyn 10-1, 11-3. St. Louis beat Cincinnati 5-3, Chicago 6-0 to take third while Redlegs swept four from Cubs, deserted cellar for fourth place when Wally Post hit four homers in Sunday double-header. New York's Ramon Monzant raised Giant hopes with one-hit 8-1 win over Philadelphia.
Chicago outslugged Kansas City 9-7 in its only game, and it was enough to assume American League lead when New York could only win three out of five. Cleveland and Washington picked up pace, each winning four times.
Eugenio Castellotti, daring Italian driver, skillfully maneuvered his powerful Ferrari at average speed of 85.40 mph over twisting, rain-slick roads to win disaster-filled Mille Miglia (see page 42).
Rocky Marciano, 32-year-old undefeated world heavyweight champion whose flailing fists beat down 49 professional opponents (43 by knockouts) in nine years, finally made momentous decision, announced his retirement from ring (see page 24), brought immediate title claims from managers of Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore (his last victim) and up-and-coming Floyd Patterson, promise of elimination series from IBC President James D. Norris. Rocky's reason: "I would be taking advantage of my family if I tried to fight any more."
British boxing suffered darkest hour as three of its best came to grief on same card. Kid Gavilan, his mambo step reduced to waltz these days, picked up beat in return match with young Peter Waterman (who won disputed decision Feb. 7), punched out 10-round decision. Other casualties: tubby British Heavyweight Champion Don Cockell, knocked out in second round by 22-year-old Tonga Islander Kitione Lave; Jack Gardner, Cockell's No. 1 challenger, battered into second-round TKO by 24-year-old Jamaican Joe Bygraves.
TRACK & FIELD
Villanova won three titles, shared honors with Oxford's Donald Gorrie, Derek Johnson, Alan Gordon and Ian Boyd in Penn Relays at Philadelphia. In only foot-to-foot meeting, Villanova defeated Britons in record-breaking (9:58.1) distance medley as eager Ron Delany tore off 4:09.6 anchor mile, next day won sprint medley and mile relay in record 3:11.9. Oxford's fast-moving foursome came back to take 4-mile and 2-mile events (see page 17).
Duke's power-running Dave Sime outran Abilene Christian's fleet Bobby Morrow by four feet in 0:09.4 hundred on waterlogged track, snapped 30-year-old Drake Relays record at Des Moines (see page 52).
Jack Beckner, Los Angeles Turners Club gymnast, and Mrs. Sandra Ruddick (see above) topped all-round field in combined AAU championships and Olympic tryouts at Penn State, were named to team which will represent U.S. at Melbourne. Other men picked: Dick Beckner, Karl Schwenzfeier, Abie Grossfeld, Joe Kotys, Armando Vegas. The women: 15-year-old Muriel Davis, 17-year-old Joyce Racek, Mrs. Judy Holt Howe, Jackie Klein, Doris Fuchs. The coach: Penn State's able Gene Wettstone.
Bermuda skippers, led by Sir Bayard Dill, outsailed U.S. and Canadian yachtsmen in International One-Designs to take Amorita Cup, went on to win four more trophies in International Race Week at Hamilton. Americans salvaged some glory, winning Chamberlain team races for 14-foot dinghies, ended colorful week when Warner Willcox of Mamaroneck, N.Y. teamed with Bermuda's Bert Darrell to finish first in International One-Design free-for-all.
Joe Jones, last out of starting gate, moved up briskly on outside, gave backers anxious moment when he bore in on Find in stretch but responded to Jockey Tony DeSpirito's whip in time to win by nose in $54,800 Lincoln Special at Lincoln Downs, R.I.
Toby B., lightly regarded 3-year-old off at 20 to 1, found muddy track to his liking, fought off challenging Derby contender Career Boy to take $33,900 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, Ky.
Gene Littler, handy little pro from San Diego, made early lead stand up, posted 281 to finish four strokes ahead of Cary Middlecoff, won Las Vegas' Tournament of Champions, $10,000 first prize and whopping $69,120 for Singer Frankie Laine, who "bought" Littler in legal auction.
Maryland's superior stick work and well-planned attack proved to be too much for Navy, produced 10-5 victory in hard-fought match before 11,500 at College Park, stretched winning streak to 20 and moved Terrapins step closer to second straight national title (see page 17).
DIED—Gresham Hough Poe, 75, retired investment broker, fox hunter, youngest of football-playing "six little Poes" who starred for Princeton in late 1800s; after long illness, at Baltimore.