Dave Sime, amazing Duke sophomore who has set track world agog with his feats of speed, sprinted 220 yards in 0:20.1, although admittedly tailing off near finish, broke his third world record in preliminaries, set two other Atlantic Coast Conference marks (0:09.5 for 100, 0:22.4 for 220-yard low hurdles) in championship meet at Durham, N.C. (May 11 and 12).
Cliff Blair, husky Boston University senior from Hingham, Mass., whirled off hammer throw of 201 feet 8½ inches for new U.S. college standard in dual meet with Penn State at Medford, Mass. (May 12).
Italy's daring Piero Taruffi took aim at world records for cars of 500-cc cylinder capacity, broke two when he powered his twin-fuselaged, four-cylinder, 60-hp Gilera from standing start to reach one kilometer in 0:28.29, one mile in 0:40.42, along stretch of coastal highway near Castelfusano, Italy.
May 20, 1956
Milwaukee cooled off Cincinnati with three victories in four games as Veteran Warren Spahn pitched second shutout, held slight edge over onrushing St. Louis Cardinals, who swept Sunday doubleheader from Chicago 3-2, 14-7. Brooklyn found easier going at Ebbets Field, took three straight from New York Giants, including 3-0 no-hitter by Carl Erskine (see page 11), moved into third place. Philadelphia continued slide, losing to St. Louis and Pittsburgh to stretch non-winning streak to 10.
New York began playing more like mortals, moved closer to rest of American League after dropping two out of three to Cleveland and splitting four with Baltimore. Yankees narrowly escaped no-hitter when Oriole Rookie Don Ferrarese gave up two hits in ninth to win 1-0 (see page 11). Indians won three from Kansas City to trail New York by one game. Chicago ended five-game losing streak, ran off four in row over Boston and Detroit to take over third place (for more facts and figures, see page 44).
TRACK & FIELD
John Landy's 3:59.1 mile (see page 12) was highlight of West Coast Relays at Fresno, Calif. but by no means the only outstanding performance. California's speedy Leamon King came off injured list to run 100 in world-record-tying 0:09.3; Jack Davis skipped over 120-yard high hurdles in 0:13.6; Bill Russell, San Francisco's All-America basketballer, who high-jumps "just for fun," cleared 6 feet 9¼ inches to tie Compton's Charlie Dumas; UCLA's Rafer Johnson, three-event winner in last week's USC-UCLA meet, leaped 25 feet 2¼ inches to take broad jump.
Jim Bailey, University of Oregon miler who upset Landy week earlier to become first to break four minutes on U.S. soil, returned to collegiate competition, loped to easy 4:06.4 victory as his team took Pacific Coast Conference northern division title at Eugene, Ore.
Texas' Bobby Whilden literally breezed to 0:09.2 clocking for 100 with aid of 9½-mph favoring wind which nullified chance for world record, had to be content with new Southwest Conference mark as Longhorns ran off with varsity and freshman honors at Fayetteville, Ark.
Bob Baker, hulking Pittsburgher who has been beaten by Hurricane Jackson and Archie Moore, sliced up equally hulking, but slower moving, Johnny Holman for a 12-round decision at Miami Beach in first of "eliminations" designed to produce successor to retired Rocky Marciano, who last week joined publicity staff of dog racing track at Raynham, Mass. Meanwhile, IBC got around to matching highly regarded Floyd Patterson with unpredictable Jackson for June 8 in New York (see page 40), still had to find spot for aging but No. 1-ranked Moore, now in London to defend light heavyweight title against Yolande Pompey.
Vince Martinez, Honest Bill Daly's slick-moving welterweight, flicked away at charging Dick (Mad Man) Goldstein for 10 rounds, artfully carved out decision at Phoenix, Ariz.
Stirling Moss pushed his Maserati to front at start, kept it there as he safely maneuvered over twisting Monte Carlo streets at 65.32 mph average speed to win 195.6-mile Monaco Grand Prix in 3:32.9. Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio finished second after taking over wheel of Peter Collins' Ferrari, now leads with 10½ points in defense of world driving championship.
Oh Johnny, Mrs. Wallace Gilroy's onetime claimer, rated no better than 7 to 1, maneuvered briskly past field under urging of Jockey Hedley Woodhouse as favored Golf Ace faded, charged home three lengths ahead of Eiffel Blue to take $29,150 Withers Stakes at Jamaica, N.Y.
Bobby Brocato, one of nation's top handicap horses, moved to front early, held pace under snug restraint by Jockey Johnny Longden to run mile and eighth in rapid 1:47 4/5 for new track record while winning $35,000 Tanforan Handicap for second time at San Bruno, Calif.
U.S. pros swept all six singles, lost only one four-ball match to overwhelm Canada 21-6 in international PGA competition for Hopkins Trophy at Fort Worth.
Ed (Porky) Oliver, usually a runner-up but rarely a winner (his last victory: Kansas City Open in 1954), played his "best golf in a long time" to shoot 266, beating out Sam Snead by three strokes in White Sulphur Springs (W. Va.) Open.
Cornell and Washington varsities scored notable victories at opposite ends of nation (see page 49) while Princeton's unbeaten 150-pounders held off challenging Cornell, covered Henley distance of mile and five-sixteenths in record-breaking 6:31 to capture eastern rowing's lightweight title on Lake Carnegie.
Hollywood Stars whacked defending champions Stockton twice in final round to take open title in round-robin U.S. Volleyball Association tournament at Seattle. Other division champions: San Francisco Embarcaderos, masters; UCLA, collegiate; Hamilton AFB, armed forces; Santa Monica Mariners, women's.
Maryland's stout defense and pressing attack, led by Bud Waesche and Charley Wicker (whose four assists gave him 43 for new school one-season record), paid off handsomely with six goals in last period at College Park, brought Terps 11-6 victory (their 22nd in row) over Army and national title for second straight year as Johns Hopkins upset Navy 8-6 at Annapolis.
RETIRED—Matty Geis, 68, Princeton track coach since 1932 (except for four-year period in middle '40s), AAU 1,000-yard champion in 1906; after more than 50 years as athlete and coach, at Princeton, N.J.
DIED—Livingston E. Osborne, 71, Chicago attorney, chairman of Illinois Athletic Commission, former State Director of Conservation; of heart ailment, in Chicago.