Russian athletes set world, European records as Moscow Spartakiada closed: Unexpectedly strong 400-meter medley relay team clipped nearly full second off world record for non-Olympic event, swimming distance in 4:14.8; Vasily Kuznetsov amassed 7,728 points in decathlon to better European record, come within 257 points of Rafer Johnson's world mark (Aug. 15); Mikhail Lavrov walked 20,000 meters in 1:27:58.2, lowering old world standard by more than two minutes (Aug. 13).
Lieut. Parry O'Brien heaved 16-pound shot 61 feet 4½ inches at Pasadena, Calif, to improve his own world standard by one half inch (Aug. 18).
Ray Booty pedaled across Cheshire, England roads against buffeting winds to second record performance in week (SI, Aug. 20), cycling 265.7 miles in 12 hours, more than 1,500 yards over old competitive mark (Aug. 13).
August 26, 1956
Maureen Murphy, 17-year-old Olympic team member, broke American 100-yard backstroke record with 1:04.8 clocking at Portland, Ore. (Aug. 16).
National AAU women's track and field championships at Philadelphia produced four American records: Earlene Brown, Compton, Calif., shotput, 45 feet; Pamela Kurrell, San Francisco, discus, 140 feet 11 inches; Bertha Diaz, Cuba, 80-meter hurdles, 11.1; Barbara Jones, Chicago Comets, 50-meter dash, 6.3 (Aug. 18).
George Breen splashed to American four-mile record of 11:32.25 in National AAU swim at Alexandria Bay, N.Y. (Aug. 19).
Milwaukee and Cincinnati met head-on in effort to resolve National League race, but despite 13 home runs by Redlegs, including record-tying eight in single game (three by sub Bob Thurman), Braves demonstrated that pitching eventually outs as they gained four-game split. Cincinnati, however, moved game and a half nearer leader with three-game sweep of Cubs. Dodgers lost series to Giants but finished 3-3 for week to remain in second, two games off pace. Giants, with Willie Mays hitting five homers in as many games, had 5-2 record, finally commenced haul up dark cellar stairs.
Yankees, with 4-3 record, retained 8½-game advantage over Cleveland as Mantle fell into worst slump of year (2 for 21). Indians swept series from fumbling A's who mathematically eliminated themselves from race. Red Sox encountered ancient nemesis, Washington, dropped four-game series to allow White Sox, who reeled off five straight before being stopped momentarily by Detroit, to achieve third place.
Swoon's Son, so rank in early going that Jockey Eddie Arcaro had to stand in saddle to rate him, forged into lead at top of stretch for ¾-length victory in $159,425 American Derby on Washington Park's soggy turf. Needles, still mite leery of grass, failed to respond in run for wire, finished fifth. Said Arcaro: "I asked him to give me his best when we straightened out for home, and he really purred." (see page 47).
Splendored, 2-year-old daughter of Double Jay, stayed with pack until final furlong when Jockey John Heckman found opening on rail, drove her to head victory over Romanita in $97,470 Princess Pat Stakes at Washington Park. Favored Leallah, apparently discouraged by heavy going, suffered first loss in six starts, came in fifth.
Dedicate, Mrs. Jan Burke's 4-year-old colt, wore down Summer Tan entering last quarter mile under Jockey Willie Boland's smart handling, breezed to four-length victory with track-record time of 1:49 4/5 in nine-furlong, $40,000 Whitney at Saratoga.
Sugar Ray Robinson, wheeling and dealing, attempted break with IBC (James D. Norris, president), considered bids from both Philadelphia and Los Angeles promoters for September title defense against Gene Fullmer. Said free-enterprising Sugar: "I've only got one title to put on the line and I'm going to get all I can. Norris wants everything for himself.... It's [his exclusive contract with IBC] illegal and won't stand up in court." Countered Norris: "I think Ray is just popping off. We're not going to break relations...even if he breaks with us. He owes us too much money." Ultimate decision most likely rests with Federal Judge Sylvester Ryan who will delineate IBC power this autumn.
Brenda Frazier, women's record holder for speediest Channel crossing, broke Marilyn Bell's Lake Ontario standard by more than two hours, completing 32-mile haul from Niagara-on-the-Lakein 18:51. Said Brenda, after touching down at Toronto in driving-rain: "I feel fine, thank you. I'll have my bath now."
Mrs. Amy Hiland of Long Beach, Calif, battled cold waters and tricky rip tides of Strait of Juan de Fuca for 10 hours 51 minutes, became first woman to conquer northwest channel.
Montauk, N.Y. Yacht Club took three-day U.S. Atlantic Tuna Tournament as 27 clubs fishing out of Point Judith, R.I. boated 34 giant bluefins for most successful haul in recent years. Largest fish—758-pounder—was caught by Robert M. Akin 3rd of N. Tarrytown, N.Y.
Long Beach (Calif.) Neptunes' three-man team captured U.S. underwater spear-fishing championship, returning 94 pounds 8 ounces of fish from turbulent seas off Newport, R.I. Award for largest single fish went to Lee Jamison of Neptunes who skewered 9-pound 6-ounce blackfish.
Ken Rosewall, cleverly mixing passing shots and accurate lobs, took first set from Ham Richardson 6-0, won second 8-6 after rangy opponent failed in four opportunities to break through service, final 6-2, to end Richardson's quest for third consecutive leg on Newport Casino Cup at Newport, R.I.
Ed Furgol, skipping scheduled lessons at home club in St. Louis at last minute because he "likes action," fired five-under-par 65 on final 18, including six birdies, to overtake Jackie Burke, win $35,000 Milwaukee Open with 265.
Andy Schoettle skippered Victor Sheronas' Rush IV to victory in Olympic 5.5-meter class trials at Marion, Mass. after point-leader Quixotic lost mainsail when $3.50 fitting opened, causing $15,000 boat to come in last (see page 44).
Noble Adios, full brother of Adios Harry, went to outside in stretch under Johnny Simpson's guidance, scored head victory over favored Bachelor Hanover in $71,570 William H. Cane Futurity Pace at Yonkers.
BORN—To Tony Trabert, 26, former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur tennis player, and Shauna Wood Trabert, 25, one-time Miss Utah (1953): their first son, Michael Anthony, at Salt Lake City.
MARRIED—Stella Walsh, 45, Polish gold-medal winner in 1932 Olympics, and Harry-Olson, 33, aviation company draftsman; at Los Angeles.