Navy's Jack Davis skipped over 110-meter high hurdles in 0:13.4 in preliminary of AAU meet at Bakersfield, Calif. to clip one-tenth of second off world record (June 22) but next day ran second to North Carolina College's fleet Lee Calhoun in 0:13.6 final (see page 27).
Finland's Soini Nikkinen got off heave of 274 feet 1.83 inches to better Bud Held's world javelin mark by nearly 6 feet at Kuhmoinen (June 24).
Czechoslovakia's Laeislav Moc waddled to two walking records at Prague, heeling and toeing 50,000 meters in 4:21.07 and 30 miles in 4:12.03.7 (June 22).
July 1, 1956
Indiana's Bill Woolsey, back in native Hawaii and "in greatest condition of my life," churned through Waikiki salt water pool in 2:07.7 for 200-meter freestyle (June 22), setting pace for assault on U.S. records by slender 13-year-old Sylvia Ruuska of Berkeley, Calif., who covered 400-meter individual medley in 5:59.7 (June 22) and Ohio State's Yoshi Oyakawa, who swam 100-meter backstroke in 1:04.3 (June 24). Other distaff record breakers: 15-year-old Page Anderson of Berkeley thrashed 200-yard breaststroke in 2:41.2 for U.S. mark at Santa Clara, Calif. (June 23); 12-year-old Chris von Saltza of San Jose, Calif. splashed 500-yard freestyle in 5:52.5 for world standard at San Jose (June 24).
Mickey Mantle's week: eight hits, five walks, three strikeouts, three runs scored, three home runs (putting him three ahead of Babe Ruth's record year after 64 games) in 25 times at bat. Mickey leads American League in following departments: BA—.376; H—91; R—62; RBI—66; HR—27.
Chicago, weary of playing patsy to New York, had surprise ready when front-running Yankees came to town. White Sox swept four straight from shocked New York, had Casey Stengel muttering to himself as they made it eight in row for week and moved within one game of American League lead. Cleveland also made long-awaited move as pitching perked up, beating Boston and Washington in six games to regain third place.
Milwaukee, feeling its oats under new Manager Fred Haney, who chalked it all up to "law of averages" (but see page 15), ran winning streak to 10 at expense of Pittsburgh and New York, soared two games ahead of pack in National League. Braves helped burst Pirate bubble with four straight, pushed Giants into cellar in next four. Cincinnati won three out of four from Brooklyn to take second place while dropping Dodgers to third. Pirates lost eight in row before nosing out Chicago 1-0, barely remained in first division ahead of St. Louis, who ran into trouble in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Rory Calhoun, unbeaten middleweight sensation, showed little boxing skill but plenty of punching power as he hammered willing Willie Vaughn to canvas twice in eighth before winning by TKO in New York for his 22nd straight (see page 58).
Bob Satterfield, china-chinned Chicago heavyweight, had one of his good nights, sent promising Johnny Summerlin flying through ropes in third round, went on to take 10-round decision at Chicago. IBC's Truman Gibson Jr., reported to have more than rooting interest in winner, began looking ahead to fall pairing of Satterfield and Hurricane Jackson because of their "interesting styles."
Governor Goodie Knight, meeting with new California State Athletic Commission, emphatically laid down law of the state: "We are going to have it [boxing and wrestling] honest, clean and decent, or we're not going to have any at all." Commission reacted quickly, elected holdover Dr. Dan O. Kilroy chairman, promptly ruled against proposed bout between Middleweight Champion Sugar Ray Robinson and sixth-ranked Welterweight Art Aragon.
TRACK & FIELD
AAU championships at Bakersfield produced bumper crop of star performances and upsets (see page 6), but U.S. Olympic officials made biggest news when they took unprecedented (and sensible) step, qualified Sprinter Dave Sime, forced out of action by pulled leg muscle, and Javelin Thrower Bud Held, recovering from recent ankle operation and also-ran in competition, for Olympic tryouts at Los Angeles.
Born Mighty, C. V. Whitney's 16-to-1 shot who did not figure to start on "off" track, was caught in downpour on way to post, made most of sloppy going to draw clear of fading favorite Fabius in stretch, went on to take $45,340 Ohio Derby at ThistleDown (see page 54).
Midafternoon, conqueror of Nashua at Belmont, settled back to let stablemate Alibhai Lashes set early pace, charged up from last place along inside rail to win $56,300 Massachusetts Handicap by comfortable length and half at Suffolk Downs.
Calumet Farm's Miz Clementine, ridden by Jockey Jackie Westrope "like I owned her," took command early, led field to wire in $37,300 New Castle Stakes, second of Delaware Park's Distaff Big Three features.
John W. Hanes, president of board of trustees of Greater New York Association, confirmed purchase of Irish-bred My Babu from Her Highness Maharani Sita Devi Gaekwar of Baroda by large American syndicate for "right around $650,000," reported stallion will be flown to U.S. July 8 to stand at Spendthrift Farm of Leslie Combs II. My Babu can look forward to busy 1957: 34 brood mares owned by syndicate members.
Carroll Shelby of Dallas pushed his gleaming red Ferrari through buffeting winds at average speed of 80.04 mph to win 152-mile feature race at Elkhart Lake, Wis. (see page 52).
Marlene Bauer Hagge, pretty young pro from Asheville, N.C., who has been hottest golfer on circuit, matched par on last three holes to force tie with veteran Patty Berg, calmly tapped in 18-inch putt on first green of sudden-death playoff to win Ladies PGA title and $1,350 at Detroit.
Don Wilson zoomed Horace Dodge's Dora My Sweetie over Detroit River at 78.803 mph average speed to win Maple Leaf Regatta halted by driving rain after first heat at Windsor, Ont.
USLTA, celebrating diamond jubilee, picked best 10 players of all time, put late Bill Tilden, whose smashing service and fine all-round play won seven U.S. singles titles, at top of list by overwhelming vote. The others: 2) Don Budge, 3) Jack Kramer, 4) Bill Johnston, 5) Ellsworth Vines, 6) Pancho Gonzales, 7) Maurice McLoughlin, 8) William A. Larned (another seven-time U.S. champion), 9) R. Norris Williams, 10) Bobby Riggs.
DIED—Robert A. Gardner, 66, two-time U.S. amateur golf champion, in 1909 at age of 19 (youngest ever) and again in 1915, Yale track captain in 1912 and first to pole-vault 13 feet, national squash racquets doubles titleholder in 1926; of cerebral hemorrhage, at Lake Forest, Ill.