U.S. track stars, flexing assorted muscles for Melbourne, produced three world records, two American marks in exciting Olympic trials at Los Angeles (June 29, 30). The world records: Charlie Dumas, 19-year-old Compton (Calif.) Junior College freshman, became first to crack 7-foot-high jump barrier, clearing 7 feet½, inch; Ohio State's formful Glenn Davis stopped clock at 49.5 in 400-meter hurdles; Army's Lou Jones stepped off 400 meters in 45.2. The U.S. records: Army's Tom Courtney outran Pitt's Arnie Sowell in 1:46.4 for 800 meters; Oregon's Bill Dellinger doggedly covered 5,000 meters in 14:26.
Janusz Sidlo, 23-year-old Polish javelin thrower, heaved spear 274 feet 5 inches at Milan, became second in six days to break world mark (June 30).
Russian weightlifters got into record-breaking act, bettering pair of world standards. Lightweight Nikolaj Kostilev snatched 275½ pounds in European championships at Helsinki (June 28); Middleweight Fedor Bogdanovsky lifted 293 pounds in two-hand clean and press at Leningrad (June 28).
July 8, 1956
Lucky Mel, sprightly 2-year-old sprinter, made his sixth straight, victory one to remember, romping five furlongs in 56 3/5 for new world record, third of current meeting at Hollywood Park (June 28).
Amortizer, sturdy 5-year-old pacer, side-wheeled mile-and-sixteenth in 2:06 2/5 for world mark for half-mile track at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y. (June 29) just two nights after Torpid stepped off mile in 2:02 3/5, best ever for 2-year-old pacers, on same track (June 27).
Mickey Mantle's week: nine hits, nine walks, two strikeouts, five runs scored, two home runs (putting him four ahead of Babe Ruth's record year after 71 games) in 22 times at bat. Mickey leads American League in following departments: BA—.379; H—100; R-67; RBI-71; HR-29.
Milwaukee's magic carpet came down to earth when Robin Roberts and Philadelphia ended winning streak at 11 and Braves dropped next two to Phillies and Chicago, but National League leaders held on grimly by five percentage points as challenging Cincinnati made good use of home run power to sweep three from slumping Pittsburgh (who lost five out of six), take two out of three from fourth-place St. Louis. Brooklyn, feasting on tail enders Chicago and Philadelphia, was one game off pace after winning six out of eight.
New York, seeking tonic after severe case of Chicagoitis, found it in Kansas City where they won three in row and at Yankee Stadium where they beat Washington three times. Chicago ran streak to nine before losing to Boston, faltered in Cleveland as Indians won Sunday doubleheader, dropping White Sox four games behind Yankees. Detroit, going from bad to worse, got angry blast from Owner Spike Briggs, resignation from piqued Coach Joe Gordon.
Pascual Perez, busy little Argentinian, buzzed all over Cuba's Oscar Suarez after going down in fifth, floored rival in ninth, won by TKO in 11th to retain world flyweight championship at Montevideo.
Raul (Raton) Macias, sharp-hitting NBC bantamweight titleholder, made good use of rapierlike left to pile up valuable points to take 10-round decision over Tanny Campo in nontitle scrap before howling 20,000 at Mexico City.
Charley Johnston, fast-talking manager of Light Heavyweight Champion and No. 1 Heavyweight Contender Archie Moore, signed for his fighter to meet Bill Daly's Canadian champion, James J. Parker, for "world heavyweight championship" in Toronto July 25, brusquely brushed off Floyd Patterson, currently sidelined by broken hand: "Patterson is a nothing fighter. He's an amateur champion."
British drivers and cars drove off with honors at Rheims as Peter Collins zoomed, his Ferrari 314½ miles at average speed of 121.16 mph, to win French Grand Prix (see page 37) and Jaguars swept first three places in 12-hour sports car race.
TRACK & FIELD
Bobby Morrow, fleet-footed Abilene Christian speedster, had biggest two days of his life at Los Angeles, scampering to world record-tying 10.2 for 100 meters, U.S. record-tying 20.6 for 200 meters around turn was only double winner in Olympic trials (for complete list of winners, see page 47).
Red Hannigan, with Paul Bailey up, kept wary eye on Nashua, decided to go it alone when favorite showed no inclination to try, quickly charged into lead and victory in $58,500 Carter Handicap at Belmont Park, N.Y. Jockey Eddie Arcaro had no excuse for the disappointing Nashua, who finished far back in seventh and out of money for first time: "He just wouldn't run."
Greater New York Association, Inc. announced plans for creation of "bright new world" of Thoroughbred racing, recommended construction of new plant at Aqueduct at cost of $25 million, expenditure of $5 million to modernize Belmont.
Rex Ellsworth took giant step toward improving breed in California, revealed acquisition of 41 hand-picked brood mares from the Aga Khan in "the biggest purchase of its kind." Ellsworth, ever hopeful (but doubtful) of producing another Swaps, meditated: "There's never been another Swaps before, and there may never be another like him."
Ben Hogan, performing as smartly as ever despite weariness and game leg, stroked sparkling 68 on final round to win International Cup with 277, teamed up with aching Sam Snead to give U.S. team title and Canada Cup in 29-nation tournament at Wentworth, England (see page 39).
Jubiel Wickheim, agile 21-year-old Canadian titleholder, expertly jiggled Mark Olson of Escanaba, Mich. into Rock River twice, succeeded brother Ardiel as world's best logroller in World Championship Roleo at Rockford, Ill. Virginia Hansen, 23, of Toutle, Wash, got "wetted" by younger sister Charlotte, came back to take next two falls and women's crown.
Yale's powerful eight-oared crew lagged behind for half of race before making move, went on to outstroke Cornell and Navy Admirals at Syracuse, N.Y., won right to represent U.S. at Melbourne (for other winners, see page 36).
Wimbledon moved ever closer to decision with form holding up in women's ranks while early upsets knocked out such men's favorites as Egypt's Jaroslav Drobny, America's Budge Patty, Denmark's Kurt Nielsen and Sweden's Sven Davidson.
DIED—John W. W. Behr, 62, Illinois Athletic Commission member, onetime referee, veteran Golden Gloves and Olympic coach, Illinois AC athletic director since 1919; of heart attack, at Chicago.
DIED—Claude (Tiny) Thornhill, 63, hulking former Stanford football coach (1932-1939); of heart attack, at Berkeley, Calif.