Bill Nieder, bulky University of Kansas shotputter who has moved up to challenge Parry O'Brien, got off his second 60-foot throw in five weeks, this time hurled iron ball 60 feet 3¾ inches for new U.S. college record as Jayhawks overwhelmed field to take Big Seven Conference title with 154½ points at Manhattan, Kan. (May 19).
Robin Moore, powerful-stroking young Stanford sophomore, thrashed 100-yard freestyle in 0:48.9, surpassed listed world mark of 0:49.2 as well as 0:49 performance by Yale's Rex Aubrey earlier this year, to help team win eighth straight Pacific Coast Conference swimming championship at Palo Alto, Calif. Other record-breaker in same meet: Southern California's Bob Hughes, who ticked off 2:19.3 clocking for 200-yard breaststroke, bettering U.S. and national college standards (May 19).
Phyllis Perkins, 22-year-old British typist, deserted her keyboard to take crack at 1,500 meters at Hornchurch, England, flashed fine finishing kick to cover distance in 4:35.4, fastest ever by woman (May 17).
May 27, 1956
Mrs. Carola Mandel, pretty Chicago markswoman, knocked down 150 targets with 12-gauge shotgun, ran string to 529 hits without miss for women's world skeet shoot record at Detroit (May 20).
Pittsburgh shocked league-leading Milwaukee, drubbing Braves 6-3, 5-0 on fine pitching of Bob Friend and Ron Kline to throw National League into near three-way tie, moved within one game of top. Brooklyn showed signs of awakening, swept two-game set with St. Louis, faltered briefly to drop pair to Cincinnati but bounced back with double win over Chicago to move into contention. New York perked up, whipped St. Louis 2-0, 5-2.
New York ran off five straight over Cleveland, Chicago and Kansas City, held two-game lead over Cleveland in American League. Indians won four out of six, got brilliant 15-strikeout performance from Herb Score against Washington. Boston picked up pace with last-place Kansas City and fading Chicago, took over third, while White Sox dropped to fourth (for more facts and figures, see page 46).
TRACK & FIELD
UCLA, with man-sized assists from Rafer Johnson (see above) and little Bobby Seaman, ended Southern California's string of Pacific Coast Conference championships at 15, upsetting Trojans 69½-67 at Berkeley. Seaman trailed Oregon's Jim Bailey in 4:06 mile but won half mile in 1:52.2, helped Bruin mile relay team to title-clinching second place.
Dave Sime, powerful young Duke sophomore whose sensational exploits have turned track world upside down, put his talents to work in Carolinas AAU meet at Raleigh, tied two listed world records. Sime tore off 0:09.3 hundred in trials, sprinted 220 in 0:20.2 in finals.
Bobby Morrow, Abilene Christian speedster, got off to flying start, hustled through 100 meters in 0:10.2 at Houston, tying Jesse Owens' 20-year-old world record.
Sugar Ray Robinson, slick as ever, lured Bobo Olson into coming to him, exploded left hook to chin of playboy challenger in fourth round, retained middleweight championship by knockout before 20,000 at Los Angeles (see page 37).
Welterweight Champion Johnny Saxton expertly back-pedaled and fended off rushing Middleweight Gil Turner to tune of boos from small (2,408) crowd, won by TKO in 10th of nontitle bout at Chicago when doctor ruled bleeding Turner unfit to continue. Far from bothered by booing, Saxton reasoned: "It keeps me from getting overconfident."
Pennsylvania State Senate, aroused by charge of Middleweight Fred Terry (managed by Anthony Graziano, twin brother of suspended Manager Carmine Graziano) that he was forced to fight in Philadelphia although ill, jumped into boxing's dirty business, passed resolution authorizing five-man committee to investigate sport in state. Commissioner Alfred Klein refuted Terry's claim, said he believed boxer, who was knocked out in second round, "was malingering," called charge "a deliberate effort to embarrass the commission."
Nashua, handsome bay 4-year-old with penchant for collecting dollars, sprinted into early lead under urging of Jockey Eddie Arcaro, easily threw off challenge of Fisherman to win $33,600 Camden Handicap at Garden State Park. Victory was worth $22,750 to Nashua's owners, boosting colt's alltime earnings to whopping $1,100,365, and passing Citation as greatest money-winner in Thoroughbred history (see page 23).
Pat Flaherty, Chicago driver who has never finished better than 10th at Indianapolis, zoomed his John Zink Special around Brickyard at record-breaking average speed of 145.596 mph, also set one-lap mark of 146.056 mph to win pole position for 500-mile Memorial Day race (see page 14).
Walter Hansgen of Fairview, N.J. and Paul O'Shea of Rye, N.Y., 1955 SCCA champion, won feature races while Jack McAfee, driving small Porsche Spyder against bigger cars, provided major excitement at Cumberland, Md. (see page 43).
Princeton had great day on Carnegie Lake, its varsity taking advantage of quartering wind to outstroke Harvard by boat length to win Compton Cup while Eastern championship lightweight crew zipped along at rapid pace, outdistanced Penn to take Wood-Hammond Cup for fourth year.
Washington's smooth-stroking oarsmen swept river at Oakland, Calif., beating California by handsome 4¾ lengths in varsity race, also captured junior varsity and freshman events.
Jim Jacobs, 25-year-old UCLA student who earlier won National YMCA and U.S. Handball Association titles, eased past John Sloan of Chicago 21-14, 21-17 for national senior AAU crown in New York, became first to win three major 4-wall singles championships in same year.
Bill Lillard, 28-year-old Chicago bowler, staged wholesale assault on records, won three titles in 79-day ABC tournament at Rochester, N.Y. Lillard's victories: first in all-events with 2,018; first in doubles (with Stan Gifford of Chicago) with 1,331; member of Falstaff Beer which won team championship with 3,092. Singles crown went to southpaw roller George Wade of Steubenville, Ohio, whose 744 stood up for 31 days.
Jim Laker, husky Surrey cricketeer, bowled his devastating off-spin at bewildered Australians for four hours, 22 minutes, took all 10 wickets for 88 runs at London, first time feat has been accomplished since 1878. Surrey went on to beat Aussies by 10 wickets in three-day match.