Duke's Dave Sime, getting off mark as fast as any man and faster than most, warmed up with near-record 0:09.4 for 100 and 0:20.3 for 220, placed in broad jump and discus but saved his best for last when he hurriedly rippled through 220-yard low hurdles in 0:22.2 for new world record at Durham, N.C. (May 5).
Parry O'Brien, California strong boy intent on discouraging pretenders to his ranking as world's best shotputter, hurled 16-pound ball 61 feet one inch, surpassed own world outdoor mark by three inches in exhibition at Salt Lake City (May 5).
Thelma Hopkins, high-stepping 19-year-old Queens University medical student, used her straddle style to soar over high-jump bar at 5 feet 8½ inches in Belfast to break world standard held by Russia's Alexandra Chudina (May 5).
May 13, 1956
New York Yankees, getting plenty of slugging mileage from Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Hank Bauer (13 homers) and pitching from Left-Hander Whitey Ford, won five out of seven from Detroit, Kansas City and Chicago, made signs of turning American League race into shambles. White Sox could beat only Washington in six games, dropped to fourth as Cleveland's Big Three, Early Wynn, Mike Garcia and Bob Lemon, brought Indians victories over Washington and Baltimore and second place behind New York.
Milwaukee, still plagued by bad weather, played only three times but edged Philadelphia 6-4, New York 3-2 to hold National League lead despite determined bid by Cincinnati, which used tremendous hitting power to take six out of seven, moved into runner-up spot. Faltering Dodgers finally ended four-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 7-3 for Don Newcombe's third win but promptly hit skids again and were floundering around in fourth place with Giants, who won marathon 17-inning 6-5 decision over Chicago in game that saw three records broken, including one by unfortunate Don Hoak, who struck out six times (for more facts and figures, see page 52).
Needles, frisky Florida-bred favorite, came from behind after slow start to beat field of 16 in richest Kentucky Derby (see page 15).
Nashua, who caused raised eyebrows when he finished fifth in last race, stumbled coming out of gate but recovered handsomely to nip Find by scant head in rousing finish worth $37,100 in Grey Lag Handicap at Jamaica, pushed earnings to $1,077,615, barely $8,145 short of alltime record held by Citation (see next page).
TRACK & FIELD
Jim Bailey, muscular Australian, passed countryman John Landy in stretch, went on to win fastest mile (3:58.6) ever run on U.S. soil; at Los Angeles Coliseum (see page 13).
Archie Moore, ageless light heavyweight champion, weighed in at still-flabby 189½ as he polished off Tiger Gene Thompson with right to jaw in third round at Tucson, prepared to take off for London and June 5 title defense against Yolande Pompey. Articulate Archie, also rated No. 1 contender for heavyweight crown vacated by Rocky Marciano, took dim view of proposed elimination tournament, warned: "Hold that title. I'll be back."
Joe Brown, little-known New Orleans lightweight, successfully evaded overweight (143½) Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith's badly timed blows, landed frequently enough to win nontitle 10-rounder at Houston. Moaned tearful Smith, beaten in last three fights: "I didn't do nothing right. I looked like a fool."
Art Aragon, arrogant Los Angeles Golden Boy who absorbed thrashing from then Lightweight Champion Jimmy Carter in 1951, got even before 10,103 in Los Angeles, left-hooking bleeding ex-titleholder unmercifully for eight rounds before easing up in last two to take unanimous decision.
Bill Kerslake, pink-cheeked 310-pounder from Cleveland, chased Ralph Bartleman from post to apron to win freestyle heavyweight title and berth on U.S. Olympic team but failed in try for double when he was pinned by same Bartleman, who went on to take Graeco-Roman crown at Hollywood, Calif. Other freestyle Olympians: Light Heavyweight Pete Blair, Middleweight Bill Smith, Welterweight Dick Beattie, Lightweight Frank Bettucci, Featherweight Myron Roderick, Bantamweight Lee Allen, Flyweight Dick Delgado. Other Graeco-Roman Olympians: Light Heavyweight Dale Thomas, Middleweight Dan Hodge, Welterweight Jay Holt, Lightweight Tommy Evans, Featherweight Alan Rice, Bantamweight Kent Townley, Flyweight Dick Wilson.
Boston scored biggest coup, came up with three of nation's top All-Americas in annual NBA draft. Celtics exercised territorial privilege to claim Holy Cross's Tom Heinsohn, acquired rights to San Francisco's fabulous Bill Russell from St. Louis in trade for Easy Ed Macauley, also picked Don Playmaker K. C. Jones. Rochester, with first choice in regular draft, passed over Russell, made Duquesne's limber-legged Si Green their No. 1 boy. Other first-round selections: Temple's Hal Lear by Philadelphia; North Carolina State's Ron Shavlik by New York; De Paul's Ron Sobieszczyk (traded to New York for Gene Shue) by Fort Wayne; George Washington's Joe Holup by Syracuse; Dayton's Jim Paxson by Minneapolis.
NCAA Council, determined to rule with heavy hand over violators of strict code of athletic conduct, placed half dozen member schools on probation for terms ranging from one to three years for giving "aid in excess" to athletes. The offenders: Texas A&M, Kansas and Mississippi (one year); Louisville and Florida (two years); Auburn (three years).
Mike Souchak, power-hitting ex-Duke footballer, moved within reach of tempestuous Tommy Bolt with record-tying 65, added 69 on last 18 for 280 to edge Bolt by single stroke in Colonial Invitation worth $5,000 to winner at Fort Worth (see below).
Yale, stroking smartly from start to finish on choppy, wind-blown Housatonic at Derby, Conn., held firm in face of challenging spurt by Cornell to win Carnegie Cup by length and quarter with Princeton third in battle of unbeaten crews, seemed certain to be favorite in Eastern sprint championships on Potomac May 12.
INJURED—Tony DeSpirito, hard-luck 22-year-old jockey who led U.S. riders with 390 winners in 1952 and topped Bowie meeting this year with 40, was involved in second serious accident in eight months, underwent operation for removal of kidney and spleen after being tossed over head of Folderol at Laurel, Md. DeSpirito returned to track last January after three-month hospital stay for head injuries suffered in spill at Aqueduct.