Johnny Longden, racing's somber-faced Mr. Moneybags, booted home fractious 5-year-old Arrogate in $33,350 Del Mar Handicap for his 4,871st victory (Sept. 3) in nearly 30 years and more than 25,000 mounts to break world riding record held by Sir Gordon Richards, boosted total to 4,881 by week's end. Usually taciturn, Johnny loosened up long enough to aptly describe his career: "I've always done my best."
Parry O'Brien, massive-muscled Californian who was first to break 60-and 61-foot barriers, gave world another goal to shoot at, heaving shotput 62 feet 6‚Öú inches at Eugene, Ore. (Sept. 3).
Britain's Anne Pashley, Heather Armitage, June Paul and Sheila Hoskin sprinted 400-meter relay in 45.4 at London to surpass listed world mark (Sept. 8).
September 16, 1956
Johnny Allen, 26-year-old Texan, settled himself in cockpit-type seat of The Devil's Arrow, streamlined bullet-shaped motorcycle designed and built by Airline Pilot Stormy Mangham, bounced over Bonneville Salt Flats at 214.40 mph to lower world speed standard set six weeks ago by Germany's Wilhelm Herz (Sept. 6).
Jean Hebert, Renault engineer, whipped his company's low-slung, plastic Etoile Filante through measured mile at 191.2 mph at Bonneville, set new mark for gas turbine-powered car (Sept. 4).
Takashi Ishimoto, young Nihon University swimmer, churned 100-meter butterfly in rapid 1:02 at Tokyo for new world long-course record (Sept. 7).
Milwaukee, showing signs of feeling strain, faltered long enough to drop five straight to Cincinnati and Chicago, perked up to beat Cubs 7-4, 5-3 to stay bare game ahead of onrushing Brooklyn, which kept on pressure by taking two out of three from Pittsburgh, three out of four from New York. Redlegs, after showing muscles to Braves, began to fade against St. Louis, lost three in row to fall three games off pace.
New York Yankees sailed along 11 games ahead of pack after thumping Baltimore, Boston and Washington but Mickey Mantle's dream of home run record went down drain as he failed to hit even one in six games, held his total at 47 (latest minor leaguer to hit 60: Frosty Kennedy of Plainview, Texas). Chicago began stretch run, won three out of four from Cleveland to tie Indians for second place.
Ken Rosewall, little Australian racket-master, used all his wizardry to break down Lew Hoad's big game, upset fellow Aussie 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to win men's singles title; Shirley Fry, after 16 years of frustration, easily beat Althea Gibson 6-3, 6-4 for women's crown, in Nationals at Forest Hills (see page 54).
Swaps, soundly beaten last time out, responded nobly to whipping ride by Willie Shoemaker, romped away from Summer Tan in stretch to take $142,700 Washington Park Handicap, moved on to Atlantic City (see below).
Willie Hartack, in neck-and-neck battle with Shoemaker for nation's winningest-jockey crown (see page 30), booted home Calumet Farm's Bardstown in track record time of 1:48 for mile-and-eighth in $46,650 Buckeye Handicap at Randall Park.
Cherwell, William C. Robinson Jr.'s 9-year-old bay gelding, nimbly leaped into lead after front-running Ares threw rider at 14th jump, held off challenging Crag to finish on top in Foxcatcher National Cup Steeplechase at Fair Hill, Md.
Army Lieut. Herbert Voelker of Tonawanda, N.Y. and Marine Lieut. James Smith of Ipswich, Mass. finished one-two in three-day 300-meter free rifle firing at Camp Perry, Ohio, won last two berths on U.S. Olympic rifle and pistol team.
Southern California Water Polo Club battled to 6-6 tie with Illinois AC in trials at Los Angeles but won trip to Melbourne on basis of higher goal average.
Curtis Turner, wealthy lumberman from Roanoke, Va., zipped around Darlington, S.C. oval at record average speed of 95.067 mph in factory-sponsored 1956 Ford to win Southern "500."
Bob Alsenz, blond 28-year-old Anaheim, Calif. truck driver more at home behind wheel of hot rod than in cab roared his hand-fashioned Chrysler-powered dragster, fired by combination of alcohol and nitro methane, over quarter-mile strip at screeching 159.01 mph, fastest in drag racing history, in National Hot Rod Association races at Kansas City.
John Kilborn of Decatur, Ill. and Howard Hively of Cincinnati spun their gleaming red Ferrari 480 miles around twisting 4-mile paved Road America track to win 6-hour endurance run for sports cars at Elkhart Lake, Wis. (see page 57).
Vic Hershkowitz, 33-year-old Brooklyn fireman, outstroked Jimmy Jacobs 21-5, 21-13 for his sixth straight national three-wall singles championship, teamed up with Harry Dreyfus of St. Louis 20 minutes later to win doubles title at Detroit.
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, not getting any younger (or richer) while waiting for Floyd Patterson, took on Wrestler-Boxer Professor Roy Shire for pay night at Ogden, Utah, won by TKO in third round.
Eddie Machen, young heavyweight contender from San Francisco, kept back-pedaling Julio Mederos off balance with stinging left jabs, won easy 10-round decision at Portland, Ore.
Harold Carter, another young heavyweight hopeful, outbustled and out-punched Johnny Summerlin in busy 10-rounder in New York.
Agostino Straulino and Nico Rode, Italy's 1952 Olympic champions, won second day's race, deftly maneuvered their Merope III into fourth place in final heat to clinch Star class world title for third time on Bay of Naples.
Bill Cox, New York City magazine publisher-sailor, took his first whirl at international Lightning class racing, won three of five races over triangular Lake Erie course, piled up 218 points to capture crown at Point Albino, Ont.
MARRIAGE REVEALED—By William Harrison Dillard, 33, once fast-moving Olympic hurdler, now public relations assistant for Cleveland Indians; and Joy Victoria Clemetson, 26, member of Jamaica women's softball team in 1953 Pan-American Games; on April 24 at Angola, Ind.
DIED—Dick Nallin, 78, former American League umpire (1915-32) who worked infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal World Series between Chicago and Cincinnati (see page 61); of heart disease, at Frederick, Md.
DIED—Charles Burgess Fry, 84, British athlete, diplomat, author; in London. Fry achieved greatest fame as cricketer (he captained English team, never lost international match), also was track star, able boxer, golfer, swimmer, sculler, tennis and soccer player.