Russian weight lifters proved standouts of Moscow's massive Spartakiada with four world-record hoists: Featherweight Evgeni Minayev, 251.32 pounds, two-hands press; Lightweight R. Vihabutdimor, 271.17 pounds, two-hands press; Middleweight Fedor Bogdnovski, 295.42 pounds, two-hands press; Light Heavyweight Alexander Vorobyev, 315.25 pounds, two-hands snatch (Aug. 8-10).
Georgi Klimov, 23-year-old Russian soldier, claimed new world mark for 50 kilometer walk, stepping off distance in 4:5:12.2 at Moscow (Aug. 10).
Belgian track team of Emile Leva, Alfred Langenus, Rene Bailleux and 800-meter World Record Holder Roger Moens bettered world standard for uncommon 3,200-meter relay by full 10 seconds with 7:15.8 clocking at Brussels (Aug. 8).
August 19, 1956
U.S. Swimmers set six American long-course marks at Detroit's Olympic trials: Shelley Mann, Walter Reed SC, Washington, D.C.-1:04.6, 100-meter freestyle; Mary Jane Sears, Walter Reed SC—2:58.2, 200-meter breaststroke; Sylvia Ruuska, Berkeley, Calif. YMCA-5:10, 400-meter freestyle; Bill Yorzyk, Northampton, Mass.—2:19, 200-meter butterfly; Dick Fadgen, N.C. State—2:44, 200-meter breaststroke; Carin Cone, Ridgewood, N.J.—1:14.4, 100-meter-backstroke (see page 79).
Ted Williams, Fenway Park's auxiliary sprinkler system, was fined $5,000 by Red Sox General Manager Joe Cronin for spitting in direction of both fans and newspapermen during game with New York. Incident, latest of Ted's aqueous antics (see page 22), prompted bill by sympathetic Massachusetts legislator prohibiting profane statements directed at ballplayers.
Yankees, paced by Mantle's big bat (4 homers, 11 RBIs), regained winning ways, taking six of eight games to increase lead over Cleveland to 8½. Indians, after relinquishing second place to Boston for two days, swept three-game series from Kansas City, retained game-and-a-half advantage over Red Sox.
Milwaukee's National League lead was shaved to one-and-a-half games over runner-up Brooklyn, but, more importantly, Braves dropped two games in lost-column to Dodgers. Cincinnati, with a 4 and 3 record, held on to third place. Two streaks were snapped during week: Aaron's consecutive-game-hitting skein ended at 25; Newcombe's scoreless-innings string at 39 2/3, 6 2/3 innings less than Hubbell's league mark. Stan Musial tied Mel Ott's league record for lifetime total extra-base hits, blasting double against Cubs to bring total to 1,071.
King Hairan, Florida-bred 2-year-old, boosted chances for juvenile championship as Jockey Eddie Arcaro roused him sharply in stretch drive for half-length victory over onrushing Ben Lomond in Monmouth's closing-day six-furlong, $62,800 Sapling-Stakes. Win was colt's eighth in 11 starts.
Hedley Woodhouse, whooping and whipping, sent Oh Johnny through opening on rail at head of stretch after rating bay colt smartly for most of mile and quarter at Saratoga, scored length-and-three-quarters win in 87th running of $47,700 Travers, country's oldest stakes.
Blue Sparkler, Amory L. Haskell's 4-year-old Jersey-bred filly, assumed lead at clubhouse turn under substitute Jockey Sammy Boulmetis on Atlantic City's deep strip, responded courageously in late stretch when Skipper Bill made run at her to take inaugural $100,000 Atlantic City Handicap by half length. Nashua, overnight favorite, was laid low with attack of gas colic in stall and scratched from race. After treatment and cooling walks around shed row, the big bay appeared to be on mend, ready for next scheduled start in Saratoga Handicap, Aug. 25.
The Intruder, lightly-regarded field horse, who had earned only $1,530 in his brief career, took last two of three heats, won $100,604 Hambletonian at Good Time Park, Goshen, N.Y. (see page 78).
Rory Calhoun, more puzzled than puissant against Charley (King) Cotton's sneak right hands, cute tactics, wore veteran middleweight rival down in final rounds of fight, gained split-decision verdict and his 23rd consecutive victory at New York.
Ludwig Lightburn, busy British Honduras lightweight, reversed weird July 13 decision by trouncing Orlando Zulueta, Hymie (The Mink) Wallman's cautious Cuban, at Madison Square Garden.
Cleveland Browns, with veteran Lou Groza booting four field goals, turned back virtually offenseless College All-Stars, 26-0 at Chicago (see below).
Ham Richardson, seventh-ranked U.S. player, lost his service only once in downing Australia's left-handed Neale Fraser 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to win Eastern Grass Court championship at South Orange, N.J. Richardson had defeated Aussies Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall and Ashley Cooper in earlier rounds. Althea Gibson won women's singles, vanquishing Louise Brough 6-1, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD
Derek Ibbotson, 23-year-old Royal Air Force private, agreed to enter mile run at London only after being promised additional post-meet banquet ticket, loped along third until final lap when mysterious voice called out of crowd: "Go on, you can do four minutes easily." Going on, Flying Yorkshireman Ibbotson thought: "I might as well be under four minutes as over," whirled last quarter in 57 seconds, became ninth to break four-minute barrier with 3:59.4 clocking.
Ted Kroll, overcoming hard luck which saw him blow opportunities to win National Open and PGA earlier this year, put together final round 66 for 72-hole total of 273-15 under par—to take Tarn O'Shanter "World Champion" tournament by three strokes on crowded (61,000 fans) Niles, Ill. links. Victory earned 36-year-old veteran $50,000 plus $50,000 guarantee for exhibition matches. Other Tam winners Marlene Bauer Hagge, women's pro, 298 Ward Wettlaufer, men's amateur, 290 Annie Richardson, women's amateur, 309.
Maurice Trintignant of France, and co-driver Phil Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., drove their Ferrari sports car over 621-mile Kristianstad course at 94.68 mph to win Swedish Grand Prix, edge Maserati for 1956 sports car world championship.
Norman Westfall, 14, of Rochester, zoomed down Akron incline in his lavender racer to win 19th Ail-American Soap Box Derby before record crowd of 65,000.
DIED—Ab Jenkins, 73, early-day auto racer (1926-1956), mayor of Salt Lake City (1939-1943); of heart attack, at Milwaukee. As recently as June, Jenkins set 24-hour endurance speed mark of 118.375 mph. His boast that he had held more land speed records than any other man (some 500) was never disputed.