Parry O'Brien, massive-muscled Air Force shotputter, continued his advance on self-set goal of 62 feet, heaved iron ball handsome 61 feet 4 inches to better own world record in Interservice championships at Los Angeles (June 15).
Pitt's smooth-striding Arnie Sowell took off like scared rabbit, didn't stop until he had covered 800 meters in 1:46.7, fastest ever by American, in NCAA championships at Berkeley, Calif. (June 16).
June 24, 1956
New York found soft spot in Cleveland, swept three straight from Indians (who dropped to fourth) to lead White Sox by 5½ games at week's end. Next day, Mickey Mantle beat Detroit with three-run homer, became second player to ever hit fair ball out of Briggs Stadium. Boston also won three from Cleveland, two out of three from Tigers to take third place.
National League race continued as hot as ever with five teams battling for lead. Pittsburgh, getting used to rarefied atmosphere of first place, managed to hang on despite double-header loss to St. Louis, still held½-game edge over Cincinnati, who could get no better than even split in series with New York. Duke Snider found home run range to help Brooklyn stretch winning streak to six before Milwaukee pulled itself together for new Manager Fred Haney to win Sunday double-header, hold Dodgers one game off pace. Cards, beefed up by trade with Giants (see page 43), used victories over Pirates to remain close behind Brooklyn in fourth (for more facts and figures, see page 44).
Cornell, stroking smartly and shrewdly, remained close to pack until final quarter mile, then surged ahead to rhythmical 34 beat provided by Stroke Philip Gravink, easily outclassed fast-finishing Navy by 2½ lengths in IRA regatta on Lake Onondaga at Syracuse, N.Y. (see below). Big Red finished second to Washington in jayvee race, fourth behind startling Syracuse in freshman event to score 16 points, carried off Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy for third straight year.
Yale varsity, beaten only by Cornell, opened water at one-mile mark, resolutely met every Harvard challenge to win by five lengths in fast 19:26 for four miles on calm Thames at New London as Elis swept river in 91st renewal of nation's oldest regatta.
Tony DeMarco, free-swinging ex-welterweight champion, absorbed boxing lesson from smart-stabbing Vince Martinez in early rounds, came back to land enough jolting blows to take 10-round decision over Honest Bill Daly's now soiled meal ticket (see page 50).
New York's Julius Helfand, to surprise of everyone, sharply reversed field, gave Syracuse Promoter Norman Rothschild the green light to deal with Welterweight Champion Johnny Saxton (but not his manager, Blinky Palermo) for title fight with Carmen Basilio (see page 50).
Governor Goodie Knight took first step toward cleanup of California's dirty business, named new five-man State Athletic Commission, promised "hopping hot" report from special investigating committee. His choices: onetime University of California Track Coach Dean Cromwell; Business Executive Jamie Smith; former Commissioners Dr. Dan Kilroy and S. Thomas Bucciarelli, and last but not least, Douglas Hayden, chief special agent of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co., whose job obliges him to know all about wire-tapping.
Cary Middlecoff, who gave up pulling bicuspids to follow pro tournament trail, made fine recovery on final hole to get down in par 4 for 281, won his second U.S. Open by single stroke when runners-up Ben Hogan and Julius Boros faltered at Rochester, N.Y. (see page 6).
Dr. Tibor Nyilas, 42-year-old New York physician, outslashed defending champion Dick Dyer in last match, won his seventh national saber title and berth on U.S. Olympic team in New York. Other individual champions and Olympians: Abe Cohen of Fencers Club in épée; Navy Yeoman Sewall Shurtz in foil; Mrs. Janice Romary of Los Angeles in women's foil. Also picked to represent U.S. at Melbourne: José de Capriles, team captain; Albert Axelrod, Dr. Daniel Bukantz, Harold Goldsmith, Bryon Kreiger, Nat Lubell in foil; William Andre, Ralph Goldstein, Ken Hoitsma, Richard Pew, Shurtz in epee; Dyer, Cohen, George Worth, Norman Armitage (for sixth time), Alan Kwartler in saber; Mrs. Maxine Mitchell, Judy Goodrich in women's foil.
Needles, chunky bay son of Ponder, turned in his usual spine-tingling race, charging up from last place to run down Fabius and edge challenging Career Boy by scant neck in $119,650 Belmont Stakes, gained firm grip on 3-year-old honors (see page 34).
Dotted Line, lightly regarded King Ranch chestnut filly off at 10 to 1, broke out of pack in last furlong under able maneuvering of Jockey Dave Gorman, overhauled Levee, went on to win $53,150 Delaware Oaks by neck at Delaware Park.
Bill Beasley's Canadian Champ, never beaten in nine previous starts at home, lived up to name, breezed home far ahead of field to take $35,805 Queen's Plate, Canada's biggest race, at spanking new $13 million Woodbine track near Toronto.
TRACK & FIELD
Pitt's Arnie Sowell (see Record Breakers), Manhattan's Ken Bantum (see below) and Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow (see page 46) were among brightest stars in NCAA championships at Berkeley, Calif. UCLA's Ron Drummond and Don Vick placed one-two in discus, gave Bruins team title with 55 7/10 points.
Army's Lou Jones waged close duel with Jim Lea, won 400 meters in 0:45.7 to equal best time on U.S. soil in Interservice meet at Los Angeles. Tom Courtney set burning pace in 800 meters, handed AAU-banned Wes Santee sound trouncing in 1:47.1 but Santee, warming up for debut as sports car racer, came back to win 1,500 meters in 3:47.3. Bob Mathias, two-time Olympic champion, took decathlon honors with 7,193 points.
Swedish horsemen won three gold medals for team dressage, individual dressage and individual three-day trials in Equestrian Games at Stockholm (see page 49).
Louise Brough, sharpening up for tournament play ahead, scored two singles victories, led U.S. to 5-2 victory over Britain in Wightman Cup competition at Wimbledon.
Australia stubbornly defied England's spin bowlers on last day, finished 137 runs behind with three wickets down to force draw in first test match for The Ashes at Nottingham.
DIED—Bob Sweikert, 30, first to win Indianapolis 500, AAA big-car and Midwest sprint championships in one year (1955); at Salem, Ind. (see page 17).