Jockey Willie Shoemaker, told by Trainer Meshach Tenney to "go as slow as you can as far as you can," responded with tight hold on Swaps but couldn't keep fabulous 4-year-old from tearing off mile and five-eighths in 2:38 1/5 for new world record (his fourth this year) while winning $110,500 Sunset Handicap by 4¼ lengths at Hollywood Park (July 25). Said Shoemaker: "Just say it was another Swaps race."
Howdy Baby, Clifford Mooers' dark bay filly not too long out of claiming ranks, carried Jockey Willie Hartack over mile-and-sixteenth on turf in 1:41 4/5, clipping three-fifths of second off world mark at Arlington Park, Ill. (July 24).
Galaphone, 4-year-old brown highstepper beaten nine straight times by Scott Frost last year, made up for it all when he held off old conqueror, pushed his snoot in front at wire in 2:00 1/5, new world record for mile trot on half-mile track, at Roosevelt Raceway (July 27).
August 5, 1956
Bill Yorzyk, 25-year-old pre-med student from Northampton, Mass., was at his best in national AAU championships at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (July 27-29), setting two U.S. long-course records as male swimmers warmed up for Olympic trials. Yorzyk's marks: 200-meter butterfly in 2:24.3; 400-meter individual medley in 5:19. Other U.S. long-course record breakers: Bill Woolsey of Hawaii, who thrashed 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.6; Michigan's Dick Hanley, who churned 100-meter freestyle in 56.3.
Women sprinters broke into record-breaking act in Russia and Germany as four new world marks were claimed. Russia's Vera Krepinka, O. Kosheleva, Maria Itkina and Irina Bochkareva, tuning up for Spartacade, dashed off 400-meter relay in 45.2 at Kiev (July 27); East Germany quartet of Henning, Stubnick, Koehler and Meyer was clocked in 45.8 for 440-yard relay and 1:36.4 for 880-yard relay at Rostock (July 29); Zenta Gastl, 23-year-old Munich schoolteacher, skimmed over 80-meter hurdles in 10.6 at Cologne (July 29).
University of British Columbia scullers dominated Olympic trials at Port Dalhousie, Ont., won right to represent Canada at Melbourne. Eight-oared crew stroked 2,000-meter course in 5:49.6 to break world standard; four-oared boat was timed in 6:23.1, nearly 13 seconds faster than present Olympic mark (July 24).
Harry Bickford, Hampton, Va. speedboat racer, zoomed his Class E service runabout Skip E over man-made Buggs Island Lake at 59.729 mph to set world record at Clarksville, Va. (July 29).
Brooklyn hopes began to stir as Dodgers got good pitching from Don Newcombe, Sal Maglie, Carl Erskine and Roger Craig, long-distance hitting from Duke Snider, won eight straight victories, including three-game sweep over Cincinnati, before losing to Chicago 4-2. Surge moved Dodgers within four games of pace-setting Milwaukee (who dropped two to Philadelphia) in National League, only game-and-half behind Cincinnati, who recovered to take four in row from Pittsburgh.
New York, moving ever closer to American League pennant, won two out of three from slipping Chicago, added another three over last-place Kansas City as Bill Skowron found range, clubbed five home runs in three games. Cleveland pitching perked up, led Indians to seven straight victories before loss to Baltimore ended streak, but Yankees were still nine games ahead at week's end. Boston moseyed along in third place, 12½ games off pace.
Archie Moore, aging but far from creaking light heavyweight champion and No. 1-ranked heavyweight, toyed with Honest Bill Daly's willing but inept "challenger," James J. Parker, produced enough blood to win by TKO in ninth round for tongue-in-cheek version of "world heavyweight title" at Toronto (see page 48).
Billy Haughton, harness racing's busiest driver-trainer and three-time driving champion (see page 30), scored unique triple at Vernon Downs, N.Y.: three two-minute miles on same Grand Circuit card. Haughton hustled Duane Hanover to 1:58 4/5 and 1:58 2/5 clockings to win fourth leg of $20,000 Empire State Pacing Classic, also drove Belle Acton to world record-tying 1:59 (for 3-year-old pacing fillies) in $5,968 Flora Temple Stake.
Ham Richardson and Herb Flam, the latter fresh from win over Eddie Moylan for national clay courts title at Chicago (where Shirley Fry beat Althea Gibson for women's crown), won singles victories over Canada's Don Fontana and Bob Bedard to get U.S. off to 2-0 lead in Davis Cup American Zone semifinal at Victoria, B.C.; but it was pair of up-and-coming youngsters who clinched match and raised hopes for future. Brooklyn's 18-year-old Ron Holmberg and Dayton's 20-year-old Barry MacKay, trailing after third set, came back to beat seasoned Fontana and Bedard in doubles. Next day, Richardson beat Bedard but Canada's Paul Willey outlasted MacKay, and Americans won 4-1.
Buffalo Westside oarsmen stroked off with six events, piled up whopping 264½ points to take team title in Royal Canadian Henley at Port Dalhousie, Ont.
Scotland's Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson teamed up in privately owned D Jaguar to cover 2,506 miles over rain-slick 8.4-mile asphalt course for victory in accident-marred 24-hour Le Mans Grand Prix Endurance race (see page 41).
Mrs. Vernon G. Cardy's Levee, held off early pace by Jockey Hedley Woodhouse, came up in final furlong to outhoof Triple Jay and win $56,600 Monmouth Oaks by length and half in 1:48 4/5, fastest ever for mile-and-eighth at Monmouth Park, N.J.
Riley, Greentree Stable's bay 3-year-old colt, responded neatly to Ted Atkinson's urging in stretch, charged through on outside to take winner's share of $30,400 in $44,900 Dwyer Handicap at Jamaica, N.Y.
Ike Rude, grizzled 63-year-old cowboy from Brawley, Calif. who has been at it since 1910, showed he has lost none of his skill as he took steer-roping championship at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Jackie Burke, curly-topped young pro who scored his first big win in 1956 Masters, turned tide with birdie 2 on 25th hole (see below), went on to beat dead-panned Ted Kroll 3 and 2 for PGA title at Blue Hill Club, Canton, Mass.
Mrs. Kathy Cornelius, petite 23-year-old mother, used her unorthodox swing and hot chipping iron for 1 over par 75 to overcome pretty Amateur Barbara McIntire by seven strokes in 18-hole playoff for women's national open championship at Duluth, Minn. (see page 46).
DIED—Harry Mendel, 63, veteran IBC publicist, actively associated with boxing for 40 years as sportswriter and promoter, once nation's leading 6-day bicycle racing promoter; of heart attack, at Orange, N.J.