Hungary's Sandor Iharos, back in competition after long rest, eased back into record-breaking form in meet at Budapest, added two more world marks to five he already holds. Smooth-striding Iharos was clocked in 27:43.8 for six miles, 28:42.8 for 10,000 meters, bettered standards set by Czechoslovakia's Emil Zatopek (July 15).
Earlene Brown, powerfully-built 21-year-old Compton, Calif. housewife, put her 222 pounds solidly behind 8-pound 13-ounce shotput, got off heave of 43 feet 7 inches for new U.S. record, also whirled discus 136 feet 6½ inches for American citizen's mark in Women's Far Western championships at Los Angeles (July 8).
Yolanda Balas, feather-footed 20-year-old Rumanian, leaped 5 feet 8 3/4 inches at Bucharest to surpass women's world high jump record (July 14).
July 22, 1956
National League, powered by Cincinnati sluggers, home-run hitting of Willie Mays and Stan Musial (matched by American League's Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams), won All-Star Game 7-3 at Washington (see page 51).
American League pennant race was all but over at halfway mark after New York broke things wide open in face-to-face series with Cleveland and Chicago. Yankees first clobbered Indians three straight, 9-5, 10-0, 5-4, next swept Sunday double-header from Chicago 2-1, 6-5 (see page 6) to stretch winning streak to 10, lead over runner-up Cleveland to 10½ games. Boston showed signs of putting up fight, took three from Chicago, including 4-0 no-hitter by 34-year-old Southpaw Mel Parnell, split pair with Cleveland but could come no closer than 11½ games off pace, same as slipping White Sox, who ended week with eight straight losses.
Milwaukee stepped up pace against fading Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, ran off six in row with help of home-run spree by Joe Adcock to go two games ahead of Cincinnati (who lost three out of five) in National League. Dodgers, still muddling along, recovered from Milwaukee sweep to beat Chicago 10-8 in bean-ball battle after severe talking-to by Manager Walter Alston but needed hits more than words as St. Louis, with Stan Musial taking over league batting lead with .327, began to move up.
Racing's biggest coast-to-coast one-day payoff, with whopping $436,325 up for grabs in three top races, found ready takers in Swaps, Nashua and Swoon's Son.
Swaps went to work at mile-and-a-quarter for first time since match race with Nashua, showed plenty of speed and stamina as he romped home by two lengths under steady touch of Willie Shoemaker in 1:58 3/5 for new track record in $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park.
Nashua, held snug by Eddie Arcaro, literally ran away from undistinguished field, covering mile-and-a-quarter in 2:02 4/5 on muddy track to take $114,400 Monmouth Handicap by 3½ lengths at Monmouth Park, boosting alltime earnings to handsome $1,236,965.
Swoon's Son, unbeaten as 3-year-old, was held off early pace by skillful Dave Erb, made his move at head of stretch, then roared past leaders to win $159,825 Arlington Classic at Arlington Park as 50-1 shot Ben A. Jones finished 1½ lengths back and favored Fabius faltered again. Erb paid tribute to Swoon's Son, rated bay colt ahead of Needles: "This is the top 3-year-old I've ridden this year...bar none."
Eddie Machen, quick-hitting young (24) Californian who has put heavyweight title gleam in Manager Sid Flaherty's eye, had no trouble hitting strong but slow-moving Nino Valdes, finished off Cuban with smashing right to stomach in eighth round at Miami Beach for his 15th straight victory. Cagey Flaherty, admitting he had possible contender but still wary after what happened to Bobo Olson, refused to be hurried: "When I think he's ready for bigger fights, I'll get them."
World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, hard pressed for victory since winning Argentine Grand Prix last January, zipped his Ferrari along at steady and trouble-free 98.65-mph average to capture his first British Grand Prix at Silverstone after front-running Stirling Moss, slowed up by three pit stops, finally was forced out on 97th lap by split fuel tank.
Carroll Shelby, togged out in usual blue, bib-front overalls, churned up gravel on eight-mile carriage road as he roared his 4.5-liter Grand Prix Ferrari up New Hampshire's treacherous Mount Washington in record time of 10:21.8 to win Race to the Clouds.
TRACK & FIELD
Rafer Johnson, husky UCLA sophomore, got off and running with record 4,639 points in first five events, tailed off slightly next day when bothered by knee injury but still won national decathlon title and Olympic berth with 7,754 points at Crawfordsville, Ind. (see page 41).
Raimondo D'Inzeo, Italy's Olympic silver medal winner, romped through four perfect rounds aboard Merano (named Europe's best horse for second year) in jump-off, succeeded Germany's ailing and idle Hans Guenther Winkler as world jumping champion at Aachen.
Diamond Hal, Potato Farmer Sol Camp's 5-year-old bay sidewheeler, dawdled along behind pack in early going, put on burst of speed in stretch when Driver Joe O'Brien "talked to him and sort of clucked," edged Dotties's Pick by scant head in $25,000 National Pacing Derby at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y.
Keith Hyland, plucky cowboy from Black Diamond, Alta., picked up points and cash in bull riding, calf roping and bronc riding, outclassed Defending Champion Casey Tibbs to ride off with all-round title at Calgary Stampede.
Paul MacCready Jr., solemn 30-year-old California meteorologist and ex-Navy pilot who became interested in gliding because "it was a cheap way to keep flying," combined professional knowledge with daring, slipped and soared his sailplane to world championship at Saint-Yan, France.
BORN—To New York Yankee Outfielder Hank Bauer and wife Charlene; their third child, second son; at Kansas City, Mo., on same day that Bauer hit first major league grand slam home run (and 19th of season) to beat Cleveland 9-5. Bauer jovially considered naming newest son Grand Slam Bauer or Mickey Mantle Bauer ("that should make him a sure bet for a $100,000 bonus"), seriously settled on Herman.
DIED—Richard A. Glendon, 86, longtime Navy crew coach whose boats won Olympic title in 1920, Poughkeepsie Regatta in 1921, 1922, 1931, exponent of body swing for extra power; of cerebral hemorrhage, at Hyannis, Mass. Among his Navy strokes: Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (in 1905); Admiral Jonas Ingram (in 1907).