Eddie Southern, swift Texas freshman, in second try at distance, cut his stride between hurdles to 13, stopped clocks at 0:51.5 to better U.S. record for 440-yard hurdles at Houston (June 9). Other track record breakers: Ohio State's speedy Glenn Davis outhustled Notre Dame's Aubrey Lewis in leg-to-leg duel, set college mark of 0:50.8 for 400-meter hurdles at Milwaukee (June 9); Joe Tyler of San Diego NTC raced 10,000 meters in 30:31.9 to lower U.S. citizens' standard at Los Angeles (June 7); Gordon McKenzie of New York Pioneer Club ran six miles in 29:28.1 for U.S. record in New York (June 9).
Faber Hanover, with veteran Billy Haughton handling reins, trotted mile and sixteenth in 2:10, cracked world record by one-fifth of second at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y. (June 9).
June 17, 1956
Cincinnati and St. Louis nudged Pittsburgh from top in ever-tightening National League race, but pace-setting trio were only nine percentage points apart. Redlegs fattened up on fast-falling Philadelphia to move into lead, stayed there despite losing two out of three to Brooklyn. Cards swept three from New York, split four with Pirates, who also lost two to Chicago. Dodgers grabbed five out of seven from Milwaukee and Cincinnati, began to gain on leaders. Chicago deserted cellar, gave over spot to Phillies.
New York lost pair to Cleveland but came back to thrash Indians 6-0, led challengers by 3½ games in American League. Chicago faltered briefly in Washington but won two out of three from Boston to remain close behind Cleveland. Detroit, after winning seven straight, could get no better than split with Washington, gave up fourth place to Red Sox (for more facts and figures, see page 44)
Floyd Patterson pounded away at indefatigable and flailing Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson for 12 rounds before oldtime crowd of 11,255 (despite TV) in New York's Madison Square Garden to take decision in heavyweight elimination (see page 41).
Aging Archie Moore, crafty as ever if not quite so agile, patiently fiddled around with eager Yolande Pompey for nine rounds, finally got urge to topple West Indian in 10th, delivered sharp combinations to win by TKO in light heavyweight title defense at London (see page 41).
Bobo Olson, ex-middleweight champion knocked out three times running by Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson, scoffed at reports he plans to retire, quipped: "Since I've already been knocked out by the best, I think I'll stick around and give the worst of them a chance."
Lavandin, given beautifully judged ride by Rae (Le Crocodile) Johnstone, sprinted uphill into lead in last two furlongs, charged home by neck to give Perfume King (Bourjois, Chanel) Pierre Wertheimer first Epsom Derby winner, Jockey Johnstone his third before 250,000 (including Queen Mother and Princess Margaret) who braved rainstorm to watch annual spectacle. Victory set tone for sweep of Epsom Downs features by French horses: Suzy Volterra's Sicarelle won Oaks; Baron Guy de Rothschild's Tropique took Coronation Cup.
Ricci Tavi, Christiana Stable's 22-1 long shot, surged to front at quarter pole, pulled away from favored Fabius to win $50,300 Leonard Richards Stakes by six lengths at Delaware Park. Stunned Willie Hartack, set down for 10 days (and out of Belmont Stakes) for careless riding in earlier race, had simple explanation for Fabius' defeat: "He [Ricci Tavi] just ran by me."
Mrs. Vernon G. Gardy's Levee, hungry for stakes victory, picked nation's longest test for 3-year-old fillies to turn trick, pushing neck ahead of Princess Turia at wire to take mile-and-three-furlong $59,150 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.
Bold Ruler, unbeaten Wheatley Stable swifty and East's top-ranking 2-year-old, stepped off five furlongs in neat 0:56, out-sprinting field to capture $33,975 Juvenile Stakes at Belmont.
Althea Gibson, winningest player on tennis circuit these days, met her biggest test at Manchester, England, came through to beat top-ranked fellow-American Shirley Fry in semifinals, went on to conquer Louise Brough 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for first time as she won her ninth straight singles title, became solid bet for Wimbledon.
Pat Flaherty, Chicago driver who captured the big one at Indianapolis, pushed his John Zink Special at 98.958 mph for new track record, won 100-mile Rex Mays Classic in 1:37.884 at Milwaukee.
TRACK & FIELD
Track stars continued red-hot tempo aimed at Olympic trials in meets from New York to California as world and U.S. records fell to Dave Sime, Glenn Davis, Eddie Southern, Gordon McKenzie and Bob Backus. Other notable performances: First Army's Tom Courtney swept through 800 meters in 1:47.5, fastest time in nation this year, at Compton; Navy's Jack Davis scissored over 120-yard high hurdles in world record-tying 0:13.5 at Sanger, Calif.; Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow won 100 meters in 0:10.3, 200 in 0:20.8 to set pace in NAIA championships at San Diego.
Yale placed 11 swimmers on All-America team selected by coaches, four of them—Rex Aubrey, Sandy Gideonse, Bill Clinton, Dave Armstrong—in three events each. Only double All-Americas: Iowa's New Zealand-born Lincoln Hurring in 100- and 200-yard backstroke; North Carolina State's Dick Fadgen in 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly; Indiana's Bill Woolsey in 220- and 440-yard freestyle. Other No. 1 choices: Yale's Aubrey in 50-yard freestyle; Northwestern's Al Kuhn in 100-yard freestyle; Ohio State's Al Wiggins in 200-yard individual medley; Cortland State's George Breen in 1,500-meter freestyle; Yale's Clinton, Dan Corn well and Aubrey in 300-yard medley relay and Cornwell, Joe Robinson, Armstrong and Gideonse in 400-yard freestyle relay; Ohio State's Frank Fraunfelter in one-meter dive and Don Harper in three-meter dive.
Nation's duffers got their chance for fame and medals from PGA as U.S. Open Champions Jack Fleck and Fay Crocker set targets for National Golf Day at Rochester, N.Y.: 69 by Fleck; 80 by Crocker.
Duke's Dick Saunders threw in four quick goals in less than two minutes in third quarter to break game open, led smoother-playing South All-Stars to 20-10 victory over North at Geneva, N.Y.
DIED—John C. Glover, 22, of Larchmont, N. Y., three-time All-America swimmer who set more than 35 records, twice winner of Dartmouth's Watson Trophy as athlete who did most for school, AAU 100-yard freestyle champion last year; after collapse, while practicing for Olympic tryouts in Yale's Payne Whitney pool.