Good Counsel, Castleton Farm's bay filly, stepped off mile in 1:58 1/5, two heats in 3:58 3/5 (Aug. 27), best ever by 2-year-old pacer, to break two world harness records at Du Quoin, Ill. (see page 37).
Souped-up hot rods and motorbikes roared across Bonneville Salt Flats in week-long assault on world speed records, brought down 31 in runs over two-way mile course. Fastest speed: 213.191 mph by Ernie Inner-so of Phoenix, Ariz. in Class D Lakester.
September 9, 1956
Milwaukee, continuing to play its game as National League season headed into last month, took five in row from Pittsburgh and St. Louis as Warren Spahn won his 199th game, used unexpected assist from New York to move 3½ games ahead of hard-pressed Brooklyn and rallying Cincinnati at week's end. Giants, loosened up after losing three to Brooklyn, came back to stun Dodgers with sweep of Sunday double-header 2-1, 4-1. Cincinnati, fired up by home run hitting of Rookie Frank Robinson and Ed Bailey, old pro pitching of Joe Nuxhall, got back into race with five straight over New York and Chicago.
Mickey Mantle's run at Babe Ruth's home run record was big news in American League as New York Yankees finished week with 7½-game lead over Cleveland. President Eisenhower, intrigued by slugger's power, came out to watch Yankees play Washington (see page 28), was rewarded with Mickey's 47th as Yankees won 6-4. But it was unheralded Senator Outfielder Jim Lemon who stole spotlight by blasting three in same game (two days later he fanned twice, set new American League record of 122 strikeouts). Mantle went hitless in next two games as Washington won 4-3, 4-3. Cleveland split four with Chicago but had little hope of catching Yankees.
Art Aragon, cocky welterweight who has parlayed controversy into fame and fortune, had rough time for seven rounds, finally found target in eighth and ninth to floor Lightweight Cisco Andrade, was awarded TKO when Referee Abe Roth (later suspended by California State Athletic Commission) unexpectedly stopped fight in ninth at Los Angeles (see page 24).
Spider Webb, once-beaten but unranked middleweight, used his nimbleness to withstand best shots of previously unbeaten (in 23 straight) Rory Calhoun, came away with upset 10-round decision at Chicago.
Bernabe (Baby) Vasquez, pint-sized Mexican who gave up fighting bulls to try his luck with humans, caught Philadelphia's Jimmy Soo with lethal combination in sixth, won by TKO to end 33-bout winning streak at Washington.
Ed Hintz, Chicago banker-boxing judge whose vote helped Johnny Saxton take middleweight title from Carmen Basilio and who had explained, "I'm stupid but honest" when he became embroiled in Illinois banking scandal, pleaded guilty in Springfield to charges he had conspired to defraud state of $637,000. The sentence: one to three years at Joliet and $3,000 fine to go along with three-year federal penalty.
New Zealand upset South Africa 11-5 before 60,000, largest crowd ever, at Auckland for third victory in four matches to win Rugby Union test and unofficial world title. Defeat was first in test series in 60 years for South Africa's Springboks.
England, beaten only once by Australia in four earlier matches, played to draw in rain-plagued final test at London to retain The Ashes as Cricketer Dennis Compton brought total runs to 3,963, breaking Sir Len Hutton's former record by 33.
Bob Rosburg, nearsighted young San Franciscan, finished in 284 tie with veteran Ed Furgol after 72 holes, calmly parred first hole of sudden-death playoff to take Motor City Open at Detroit when opponent flubbed six-foot putt for bogey.
Britain's Stirling Moss pushed his Maserati around fast Monza track at record 129.656 mph to edge Juan Manuel Fangio by mere seconds in Grand Prix of Europe, but Fangio, who took over wheel of teammate Peter Collins' car when forced to abandon own Ferrari on 20th lap because of tire trouble, earned enough points to win fourth world title (see page 52).
Donald Healey, 58-year-old British racer and motor executive who realized lifelong ambition when he drove streamlined Austin-Healey at 203.06 mph over Bonneville Salt Flats, sailed for England full of hope for future. "Wizard of Warwick" promised to return next year to try to "crack 300 mph."
Miss Pepsi, with Chuck Thompson at wheel, was named winner of Gold Cup at Detroit after Miss Thriftway was disqualified for hitting buoy in final heat. Decision brought loud protest, put final word up to 16-man ABPA Inboard Racing Commission (see page 51). Runner-up: Lieut. Colonel Russell Schleeh in Shanty I, winner over Canada's Miss Supertest II for Harmsworth Trophy earlier in week.
Seattle's Corinthian Yacht Club skippers sailed their Y-class boat to flat-footed point tie with St. Petersburg (Fla.) Yacht Club in four-day regatta at Montreal, won North American junior sailing championship and Sears Trophy on basis of taking three second places to one for rivals.
Greek Game, Fred Hooper's strapping brown colt, made spirited but futile run at Rex Ellsworth's favored California Kid to come off second best by neck but was declared winner of $143,510 Washington Park Futurity for 2-year-olds when stewards disqualified California Kid for bumping in roughhouse stretch duel (see page 58).
King Hairan, Florida-foaled 2-year-old, responded to Eddie Arcaro's lusty whipping, held on to win by length and quarter in 6½-furlong $70,100 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (see page 57).
John C. Forman, U.S. Border Patrolman from El Paso, and John H. Beaumont, Air National Guard employee from Honolulu, were latest to qualify for Olympic squad, winning berths on rapid-fire pistol team in trials at Camp Perry, Ohio.
HONORED—Tommy Loughran, Jimmy McLarnin, Barney Ross and Tony Canzoneri, among greatest modern champions; the late Jim Driscoll, George Dixon and Peter Jackson, who fought at turn of century; elected to Boxing's Hall of Fame.
MARRIAGE REVEALED—By Floyd Patterson, 21, quick-hitting No. 2 contender soon to fight Archie Moore for heavyweight title; and Sandra Elizabeth Hicks, 18; after secret ceremony at Windsor, Conn. on July 12.
DIED—Mike Gibbons, 69, crafty middleweight boxer of early 1920s, known as "phantom" of ring for cleverness and speed afoot, member of Minnesota State Boxing Commission; of heart attack, at St. Paul.