Parry O'Brien, whale-sized muscleman who has made world shotput record his personal property, hefted metal ball 61 feet 5¾ inches at Pasadena (Sept. 15), once again bettered mark but was more than foot off spectacular 62-foot-6-inch Labor Day toss.
Vladimir Kuts, sinewy Ukrainian sailor, purposefully strode 10,000 meters in 28:30.4 at Moscow, smashed existing and pending world standards (Sept. 11).
Sandor Rozsnyoi, another of Hungary's well-conditioned long-distance supermen, hustled through 3,000-meter steeplechase course in 8:30.6 to break world mark at Budapest (Sept. 16).
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Betty Cuthbert, pretty 18-year-old shrub-nursery assistant from Ermington, sprinted 200 meters in 23.2 at Sydney to lower world record (Sept. 16).
Egyptian Princess, Clearview Stable bay with Earle Avery in sulky, stepped off middle heat in 2:03 1/5, three heats in combined 6:12 4/5, set two world marks for 3-year-old trotting fillies on half-mile track at Reading, Pa. (Sept. 12).
Barney Navarro and Carl Maginn of Glendale, Calif. took aim at APBA world speedboat records, broke two at Newport Beach. Navarro skippered his 7-liter boat at 83.807 mph; Maginn bounced his Crackerbox runabout at 73.8 mph (Sept. 16).
Brooklyn Dodgers, getting whiff of World Series dividends, split pair with Milwaukee, took three straight from Chicago and Cincinnati to inch past Braves into first place by bare half-game in National League. Sal Maglie, once most-hated Dodger foe but rapidly becoming Flatbush hero, teamed up with 24-game winner Don Newcombe and Reliefer Don Bessent to provide airtight hurling. Milwaukee, after winning two extra-inning games from Philadelphia, was shocked by 13-1, 6-5 defeats as pitching began to falter. Cincinnati was still in running, three games off pace, but Redleg chances were fading fast.
New York Yankees were on verge of clinching American League pennant after splitting Sunday double-header with Cleveland to eliminate Indians and Boston, still needed one more victory to kill off second-place Chicago White Sox, who stayed alive by knocking over Washington 7-5, 7-2.
Ft. Wayne Dairymen, representing U.S., turned back Hawaii 2-0 behind three-hit pitching of Pete Olson to win Global World Series (see below), which attracted teams from eight nations.
Olympic hopefuls in canoeing, cycling and walking feverishly paddled, peddled and heeled-and-toed across nation, gave U.S. another group of would-be gold medal winners. Those picked for canoeing at Bear Mountain, N.Y.: Frank B. Havens of Vienna, Va.; Robert O'Brien, Ken Wilson and Ed Houston of New York; Frank Krick and John Haas of Philadelphia; Gabe Merwin of Canton, Ohio; George Byers and Richard Moran of Boston; John Pagkos of Yonkers, N.Y. and Russell Dermond of New Milford, N.J. For cycling at San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.: Erhard Neumann, George Van Meter and Joe Becker of St. Louis (see below); Jack Disney of Pasadena; Allen Bell of San Jose; Richard Cortwright of Buffalo. For walking at Baltimore: Air Force Captain Adolf Weinacker of Detroit.
Career Boy let stablemate Fisherman help kill off early pace, surged up in stretch to outdo Find and Mister Gus by length in $100,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City after favorite Swaps came up lame and was scratched (see page 18).
Jet Action, in contention all way under able ride by Walter Blum, waged head-to-head duel with Admiral Vee, pushed his nose in front at wire to take $28,750 Sysonby Handicap at Belmont Park.
Cambremer, U.S.-owned (by Ralph Strassburger of Norristown, Pa.) 8 to 1 shot, treated Queen Elizabeth and 250,000 to strong finish, won St. Leger Stakes, last of Britain's classic races, at Doncaster.
Carmen Basilio, bony-faced slugger from Chittenango, N.Y., dedicated to regaining welterweight title taken away from him in Chicago, left nothing to chance this time, hammering Johnny Saxton relentlessly until referee stopped fight in ninth at Syracuse (see page 19).
Ralph (Tiger) Jones, no tiger this night, carefully waltzed through 10-rounder with novice Middleweight Wilfie Greaves, latest IBC buildup candidate, to take decision in TV bout at Washington.
Ted Hood, 28-year-old Marblehead, Mass. sailmaker, got off to bad start in crucial seventh race but recovered smartly to maneuver his 26-foot Blanchard sloop Ocenide to victory, climaxed windless week marked by limp sails and glum sailors by placing third in eighth race to win North American sailing title and Mallory Cup on Seattle's becalmed Lake Washington.
Bill Gooderham, youngish Toronto stockbroker at tiller of Buzzy III, outsailed persistent Challenger Herman Whiton's Goose on windward leg of final race, took North American 6-meter championship for third straight year at Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Seattle's Miss Thriftway, her hull battered and patched after tossing around on wind-whipped Potomac in semifinal, trailed Detroit's Miss Pepsi to finish in final heat but had more than enough points (1,100) to win President's Cup at Washington, D.C.
Harvie Ward, personable 30-year-old San Francisco auto salesman, putted and chipped with deadly accuracy to overhaul aging Chuck Kocsis 5 and 4 at Lake Forest, Ill. (see page 20), won his second straight national amateur title and berth on U.S. team which will face Canada and Mexico for Americas Cup at Mexico City, Oct. 27-28. His teammates: Captain Bill Campbell of Huntington, W.Va.; Joe Campbell of Anderson, Ind.; Billy Joe Pat-ton of Morgantown, N.C.; Joe Conrad of San Antonio; Hillman Robbins of Memphis; Ken Venturi of San Francisco.
TRACK AND FIELD
European track stars, with one eye carefully focused on Melbourne, were off and running again last week. Hungary's Istvan Rozsavolgyi romped through 1,500 meters in 3:41.1, just five-tenths of a second off world record, at Budapest. England's four-minute-miler Brian Hewson dropped down to 800 meters, ran scorching 1:47.5 at Glasgow, fastest ever by Briton on home soil. More somber notes: Belgium's Roger Moens, 800-meter world record holder (1:45.7), tore thigh muscles in training at Athens, may have to pass up Olympics; Norway's Auden Boysen, co-holder of 1,000-meter world mark (2:19) who denounced Olympics as "circus," informed Norwegian Track and Field Association he definitely will not go to Melbourne; America's Dave Sime, world's brightest sprint star until cut down by leg injury, gave it another try but pulled up lame in 100-meter dash at London, rightfully decided not to run again until U.S. indoor season.
Russia's red-shirted booters, in first visit to Germany since World War II, outkicked all-star home team 2-1 as 90,000 gloomy burghers looked on in Hanover's new Niedersachsen Stadium, millions more watched and listened to game on TV and radio.
George Constantine of Sturbridge, Mass., shelving his usual daring for wariness, piloted his D Jaguar at average 71.4 mph over newly constructed 2.3-mile course termed "hazardous" by SCCA, rolled to victory in 50-mile Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Grand Prix race.
MARRIED—Bob Zuppke, 77, craggy-faced, Berlin-born Illinois football coach (1913 through 1941), sometime artist; and Leona P. Ray, age unrevealed, youngish-looking Zuppke housekeeper for past 23 years; at Champaign, Ill.
DIED—Stanley S. Sayres, 60, retired auto dealer, owner of famed Slo-Mo-Shun speedboats (IV and V), which came out of Seattle to wrest Gold Cup from Detroit in 1950, held it for four more years; of heart attack, at Seattle. Slo-Mo-Shun IV holds world speed record for propeller-driven boats at 178.497 mph.
DIED—Tom Hickey, 94, baseball pioneer, founder of Western League, American Association (its president from 1917 through 1935), National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues; of complications following broken hip, at Los Angeles.