Private Willie Williams, former NCAA sprint champion, barreled up rain-drenched crushed-brick track in West Berlin's massive Olympic stadium where Jesse Owens amazed world in 1936, broke Owens' 20-year-old world 100-meter-dash record for second time in 72 hours with a 10.1 clocking. Williams had previously bettered longstanding mark of 10.2 in preliminary heat of international military meet. PFC Ira Murchison, who, unlike Williams, had qualified for U.S. Olympic team, equaled record in semis, finished second in final.
William Herz, 46, and Herman P. Mueller, 44, German motorcyclists (see page 19) pushed their machines across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in week-long assault on world records. Herz roared his NSU 500-cc bike through 200-mph barrier over measured mile for average speed of 210.6 mph to break old mark by 25 mph (Aug. 3). Other marks: By Herz—1 km, 210 mph; 5 miles, 203 mph; 5 kms, 209 mph. By Mueller—1 km and 1 mile, 138 mph; 5 kms, 137 mph; 5 miles, 137 mph, all for 100-cc motor; 1 mile and 1 km, 150 mph, riding 125-cc bike.
John J. Homan, 28, piloted his CU runabout over five-mile course on Choptank River during Cambridge (Md.) regatta to set world record of 43.4999 mph (Aug. 4).
August 12, 1956
Brooklyn closed to within two games of league-leading Milwaukee in steaming National League pennant race (see page 6), taking three of four in tense series with Braves, three of four from St. Louis as Maglie and Newcombe tossed shutouts, and Duke Snider continued long-range hitting with five homers. Milwaukee recovered from Dodger debacle to win three of four from slumping Pirates but Cincinnati slipped to third behind Dodgers, dropping a pair to both Giants and Phillies. Latter continued slow, steady march through second division as Roberts shed his slump, pitched three straight victories.
New York, after opening in Cleveland with awesome 13-6 victory, fell into worst slump of season, dropping next three to Indians, three more to aroused Tigers despite five Mantle homers. Indians, however, failed to make up ground, losing three straight to Red Sox, remained seven games behind. Boston with heavy hitting from Williams and Jensen staged five-game winning streak to climb within game-and-a-half of Cleveland. Washington had best week of year, taking five of six, pulled away from cellar-anchored Kansas City.
Harold Carter, young New Jersey heavyweight, waded into Bob Satterfield, fragile apple of IBC Secretary Truman K. Gibson's eye, put him down twice in fifth round at Syracuse, had him dropping for third time when referee stopped fight. Satterfield's afterthought: "Maybe I fought him wrong."
Joey Giambra, left-hooking Buffalo middleweight, pursued a clinching, scampering Rocky Castellani for 10 rounds, overtook him often enough to gain unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. No sooner had Joey won than Promoter Doc Kearns proposed Robinson-Giambra title match at Toronto, his newly brought-in money well.
Floyd Patterson's proposed heavyweight title bout with Archie Moore was pushed back indefinitely by cautious seven-man board of physicians who examined X-rays of his healing right hand, decided he wouldn't be ready by September. Disappointed Patterson, who had been using hand on light and heavy bags and doing some light boxing, reported no pain.
Hamilton Richardson, 22-year-old Rhodes Scholar, combined booming serve and near-flawless net game to defeat Mexico's Mario Llamas 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in third singles match and assure U.S. of victory in American Zone Davis Cup final at Rye, N.Y. Mexico's Cuppers had extended U.S. when doubles team of Llamas and Francisco Contreras outlasted youngsters Sam Giammalva and Barry MacKay 11-13, 6-4, 1-6, 8-6, 6-3. U.S. won other singles contests; Richardson beating Contreras, Vic Seixas overpowering Llamas and Giammalva taking Estaban Reyes (see page 41).
Richard (Pancho) Gonzales used game's biggest serve to overwhelm Australia's Frank Sedgman 9-7, 3-6, 6-1, to win Jack Kramer's $7,500 Masters professional round-robin tournament at Los Angeles.
Rod Laver, 17-year-old left-hander and first Aussie to compete in national junior singles, beat Chris Crawford in straight sets for title at Kalamazoo, Mich., portended further gloom for future U.S. Davis Cup prospects.
Dedicate, game 4-year-old bay son of Princequillo, rallied under Jockey Eddie Arcaro's bat at 16th pole for head victory over Midafternoon in mile-and-three-sixteenth, $57,500 Brooklyn Handicap at Jamaica. Said Arcaro: "The dude [an Arcaroism for horse] was really rolling at the finish."
Two of the year's upsets came in featured races at Washington Park. Ben A. Jones beat Swoon's Son by four lengths in $27,475 Sheridan Handicap, and Needles, in first start on turf, found six-furlong distance unsuitable, finished last as Burnt Child set new American turf mark of 1:09 4/5.
E. J. (Dutch) Harrison, 46-year-old Arkansas circuit veteran, took putting lessons after first two rounds ("You're never too old to learn"), fired 67 on final 18 to overtake Earl Stewart, win $25,000 All-American tourney at Tam O'Shanter with 278 strokes. Chuckled victor: "I want to thank everybody...for playing so badly." Other Tam winners: Louise Suggs, women's pro, 301; James Hiskey, men's amateur, 296; Wanda Sanches, women's amateur, 315.
Lt. Col. Russell Schleeh, USAF, piloted Bill Waggoner's Shanty I over washboard surface of Lake Washington at record pace of 109.99 mph to win $25,000 Seafair Trophy and National Unlimited Hydroplane championship before estimated 500,000 spectators at Seattle. Second place went to veteran Gold Cup winner Slo-Mo-Shun IV, as only 3 of 6 starters finished.
Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina gunned red Ferrari into lead at start of 312-mile German Grand Prix, guided it to victory through tricky (3,878 curves) N√ºrburgring course without a pit stop at record-breaking speed of 85.62 mph. Points for win gave Fangio lead in bid for unprecedented fourth world driving championship.
Henry Laskau, 39-year-old New York YMHA heel-and-toer, won ninth consecutive National AAU 10,000-meter walking championship by 150 yards from John Allen, Buffalo cigar salesman, over twisting cross-country course at Westbury, N.Y. Laskau was timed in 47:58.
DIED—Joseph (Baker Boy) Mandot, 65, lightweight boxer and favorite of New Orleans' French Quarter, who fought five world champions in career (1908-22); of probable drowning, at New Orleans.