AAU women's swimming championships at Tyler, Texas (July 6-7) produced wholesale assault on world and U.S. records, portended great things for distaff waterbirds at Melbourne. World marks were set by Shelley Mann (see above); chunky 14-year-old Sylvia Ruuska of Berkeley, Calif., who covered 880-yard freestyle in 10:54.5; Mary Jane Sears of Walter Reed, who glided through 100-meter breaststroke (new event) in 1:22.7. Other U.S. record breakers: pretty young Carin Cone of Ridge-wood, N.J., 100-meter backstroke in 1:14.5 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:43.8; Miss Sears, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:59; Walter Reed (team titlist with 104 points) relay teams thrashed 400-meter medley in 5:05.8 and 800-meter freestyle in 10:09.8.
Russia's muscular Mikhail Krivonosov whirled off toss of 217 feet 9½ inches at Moscow (July 8) to better listed (211 feet½ inch) and pending (216 feet½ inch) world mark for hammer throw just four days after America's Cliff Blair unfurled heave of 216 feet 4¾ inches at Needham, Mass.
Egyptian Princess, Clearview Stable's Hambletonian favorite, stepped off two one-mile heats in combined time of 4:08⅖ best ever by 3-year-old filly, while winning Coaching Club Trotting Oaks at Goshen, N.Y. (July 2).
July 15, 1956
New York, even without full-time duty from injured Mickey Mantle (see page 11), took two out of three in Boston, three straight from Washington with help of hot hitting by Gil McDougald, top-drawer relief pitching by Tom Sturdivant and Tom Morgan to stretch American League lead over Chicago to fat 6½ games. White Sox, running comfortable second to Yankees, unexpectedly ran into Detroit buzz saw, dropped three in row to revived Tigers, who wrested fifth place from slumping Baltimore. Cleveland, on move again, won five from Kansas City and Detroit, edged up on Chicago. Boston's Ted Williams reached one goal, neared second as he batted in 1,500th run, slammed 399th home run.
Cincinnati, vacillating in and out of National League lead, used three straight over St. Louis to nail down 1½-game margin over Milwaukee as Redleg clouters continued to hit long ball (five homers by Ted Kluszewski), and unbeaten Brooks Lawrence won his 12th game (see page 8). Milwaukee could get no better than even break in eight games with Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago, while Brooklyn had its troubles with Philadelphia and fell two games off pace. New York Giants broke out with near-record home-run blast against Pittsburgh, hitting seven in one game, but couldn't get out of cellar.
Chuck Harris, 19-year-old Tacoma, Wash, roller, adeptly balanced himself for 2:45 of continuous log rolling, upset newly crowned National Roleo Champion Jubiel Wickheim to take world title in World Championship Timber Carnival at Albany, Ore.
Lew Hoad, blockbusting Australian who attributed improvement to being "more emotionally mature," was at his power-hitting best as he overwhelmed countryman Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win men's singles title at Wimbledon (see page 26). Shirley Fry, determined stroker from St. Petersburg, Fla., finally made it after nine long years, easily beating England's Angela Buxton 6-3, 6-1 for women's crown after upsetting Althea Gibson and Defending Champion Louise Brough. Other winners: Hoad and Rosewall in men's doubles; Miss Gibson and Miss Buxton in women's doubles; Miss Fry and Vic Seixas in mixed doubles.
Princeton's 150-pound crew (bow, James Newcomer of Portland, Ore.; No. 2, William Satterfield of Little Rock, Ark.; No. 3, Robert Brink of San Jose, Calif.; No. 4, Anthony Fletcher of New Canaan, Conn.; No. 5, Alan Korhammer of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; No. 6, Leonard Yerkes of Wilmington, Del.; No. 7, Raymond Huttig of Homewood, Ill.; stroke, James Kaiser of Anchorage, Ky.; coxswain, David Schall of Cleveland) warmed up by beating Kent School in semifinal, put powerful beat to work to outstroke Royal Air Force for Thames Challenge Cup in Royal Henley Regatta (see below).
Shanty I, piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Russ Schleeh, zoomed into lead when Edgar Kaiser's favored Scooter II threw propeller in final heat, went on to win Mapes Gold Cup for unlimited hydroplanes at Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Bill Sturgis' 56-foot yawl Jada, smallest boat in field, trailed John P. Scripps' 89-foot ketch Novia Del Mar across finish line by nearly three hours but used two-day handicap to win 3,571-mile race from Los Angeles to Tahiti.
Joey Giardello, former No. 1-ranked middleweight still trying to shake off rustiness brought on by incarceration for assaulting Philadelphia gas-station attendant with crutch, used flashy combination to flatten Tony Baldoni in 2:46 of first round at St. Nick's in New York, gleefully predicted: "I'm ready to roll now."
California State Athletic Commission patiently listened to hour-long plea by former Commissioner Jules Covey, appearing for Los Angeles Promoter Cal Eaton and Olympic Auditorium, just as patiently reaffirmed decision to deny approval for proposed middleweight title bout between Champion Sugar Ray Robinson and Golden Boy Art Aragon.
Willie Hartack, nation's hottest jockey, booted home five winners for second time in week, got his biggest payoff aboard Charlton Clay's unbeaten homebred Leallah, who coasted to four-length victory in $95,180 Arlington Lassie Stakes for 2-year-olds at Arlington Park. Declared happy Hartack: "She's a hell of a filly...by far the best miss I've ever ridden."
New York State Racing Commission gave formal approval to Greater New York Association plan to build new Aqueduct "dream track" at cost of $25 million, paved way for early start by splitting Aqueduct fall dates between Belmont Park and Jamaica. Also approved: renovation of Belmont Park at cost of $5 million.
Pat O'Connor, N. Vernon, Ind. speed specialist, whipped his Sumar Special around banked asphalt oval at record-breaking 124.833 mph to win Pee Dee 200-mile big car race at Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway, earned 400 championship points and $4,150 in prize money.
Carroll Shelby, whose penchant for speed hardly matches his Texas drawl, got his 4.4 Ferrari home ahead of pack by 15 seconds in 91-mile feature of SCCA races at Beverly, Mass. (see page 36).
Pat McCormick, agile Los Angeles matron, gracefully swept all three diving events, 1-meter, 3-meter and platform, in AAU championships at Tyler and Houston.
DIED—Ernest Langston, 57, longtime chairman of fashionable River Oaks tennis tournament, member of Houston U. Athletic Council; of heart attack, at Houston.