Brooklyn's Junior Gilliam handled 12 assists to set modern major league record for second basemen but couldn't stem tide as bumbling Dodgers absorbed 13-6 thrashing from Cardinals at St. Louis (July 21).
Bill Hodgson, 29-year-old Toronto hotel owner, bounced his Miss O'Keefe over measured mile on Bay of Quinte, averaged 125.28 mph for two runs to better world mark for 266-cubic-inch speedboats at Picton, Ont. (July 22).
July 29, 1956
Milwaukee (see page 8) set merry pace in National League, concluding successful home stand (15 out of 20) by knocking over Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia six times in eight games to move three ahead of Cincinnati. Redlegs won two out of three from Brooklyn but split four with Pirates as Brooks Lawrence lost his first decision after 13 straight. Dodgers after rough time in Cincinnati got back on beam against St. Louis to take three out of four as Don Newcombe won his 13th, but still trailed Braves by six.
New York's 11-game winning streak ended with double loss to Detroit but Yankees were still sitting pretty with 9½-game lead in American League after polishing off last-place Kansas City twice in three games. Cleveland picked up pace, swept three from Baltimore to hold second place while Boston maintained grip on third at expense of Kansas City and Detroit. Chicago, after 11 losses in row, snapped out of it to beat Orioles but fell into bad habits again and were 13 games off pace at week's end.
Mileposts of the week: Boston's Ted Williams hit his 400th home run (see page 27), later added two more; St. Louis' Stan Musial got his 2,700th hit; Brooklyn's gracefully aging Pee Wee Reese collected his 2,000th hit.
Wayne Bethea, young Bronx heavyweight, spent better part of evening chasing reluctant Jimmy Slade around St. Nick's ring, caught up with backpedaling veteran often enough to take 10-round decision at New York. Slade's complaint, "My arms were tired," drew fitting retort from disgusted Trainer Bat Norfolk: "If you had used your arms to do some punching, they wouldn't be tired."
Italy's bull-shouldered Francesco Cavicchi, jeered as "sleeping boxer" by critical fans after three losses in eight non-title bouts, woke up to batter Germany's paunchy Heinz Neuhaus to canvas five times, won by KO in 11th round to retain European heavyweight crown in first defense at Bologna.
Fred W. Hooper's unbeaten Greek Game, given his head by Willie Hartack, took off like frisky pup, spattered chasing rivals with mud as he streaked around sloppy track to easy five-length victory in $140,850 Arlington Futurity at Arlington Park (see page 40), firmly nailing down claim to Midwest 2-year-old honors and drawing loud praise from Jockey Hartack: "The best 2-year-old I've ever ridden."
Count of Honor, dashing bay son of Triple Champion Count Fleet, who was unraced as 2-year-old and is unbeaten this year, was held in check by Eddie Arcaro (flown from New York to sub for suspended Johnny Longden) in early going, moved past pack swiftly and surely to win Hollywood Park's $87,250 Westerner by four lengths in fast 1:59 2/5 for mile and quarter and then prepared to head east for fall showing.
Lucky Mel, one-fourth of George Lewis Stable four-horse entry, opened up wide lead at start, led all way to take $99,850 Starlet Stakes in 1:09 2/5 for six furlongs, best time ever for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
Oxford-Cambridge combined team, showing strength in singles, less skill in doubles, defeated touring American undergraduates 7-4 in three-day match at London to take possession of Challenge Cup awarded by James H. Van Alen, energetic exponent of court tennis in U.S.
Carroll Shelby, slow-talking but fast-moving Texan who is winningest driver on sports car circuit these days, zoomed his 4.5 Grand Prix Ferrari up mile-long Giants' Despair at record clip of :58.768, next day captured 50-mile feature in 44:50.5 to dominate Brynfan Tyddyn road races near Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
England's 41-year-old Cyril Washburn (whose selection for team prompted loud protest by British press—and later an apology) teamed up with Peter May for solid fourth-wicket stand, set stage for able spin-bowlers Jim Laker and Tony Lock, who thwarted Australia on final day to turn back Aussies 325 to 143 and 140 at Leeds in third test match, squaring series for The Ashes at one-all with one draw.
Emil (Bus) Mosbacher Jr. sailed his Susan to first, second, fifth and sixth places in International Class to win Anne Kathleen Cullen Memorial Trophy for best performance by senior skipper, but top honors belonged to 15-year-old Tommy Munnell, whose Cato outsailed all other Blue Jays (see page 21) to win three qualifying races, two in finals in weather-plagued Larchmont Race Week, which drew 1,891 starters. Among other winners: Larchmont Yacht Club cruising division, Vincent Monte-Sano's Coquina; Class S-l, John H. Judge's Celebrity; Atlantics, Cecil Merrifield's Merrily; 5.5. meters, Dr. Britain Chance's Complex II; 210s, Francis F. Gibson's Mag; Stars, Owen C. Torrey's Cygnet; Luder 16s, Souther Whittelsey's Interlude; Ravens, Jim Roosevelt's Old Crow; Resolutes, Steve Corkery and Frank J. Kelly's Owanna; 110s, Peter Beamish's Ditto; Lightnings (Division I), Bill Cox Jr.'s Zig Zagger; Lightnings (Division II), Bizzy Monte-Sano's Gray Ghost; Blue Jays (Division II), Joey Underwood's Tinker Bell.
Cliff Lumsden, strong-armed husky from Toronto, waged stroke-for-stroke duel with California's Tom Park for 22 of 26 miles through glass-smooth Atlantic, thrashed ahead near finish to win by scant half stroke in 9:51 in Atlantic City championship marathon around Absecon Island.
Jacques Amyot, durable 31-year-old Quebec father of three, churned through tricky tides from Cape Gris-Nez to St. Margaret's Bay in 13:02, became second Canadian male to conquer English Channel, first of either sex to accomplish feat this year.
John Jaremy, barrel-chested Toronto steamfitter, successfully battled fatigue and strong currents for 21:13, wearily pulled himself ashore at Toronto to become first man to swim 32 miles across Lake Ontario from Niagara.
MARRIED—Hamilton Farrar Richardson, 22, diabetic U.S. Davis Cupper, national clay court doubles champion with Tony Trabert in 1951 and 1955, two-time NCAA champion in 1953 and 1954 while at Tulane, now Rhodes scholar at Oxford; and Ann Kathryn Kennington, 23, attractive gym instructor, at New Orleans.