Torpid, Max Hochberg's bay son of Knight Dream, replaced Good Counsel as fastest 2-year-old sidewheeler in history, stepping off mile in 1:59 3/5 and 1:58, under steady hands of John Simpson at Lexington, Ky., to wipe out four world records: best single-and two-heat marks for 2-year-olds; fastest mile by 2-year-old pacing colt; first 2-year-old to better two minutes more than once (Oct. 2). Torpid, who piled up record-breaking (for juvenile pacers) $73,374 while winning 17 heats in 19 starts, was given deserved reward by Owner Hochberg, will race no more this season.
Natalie Myburgh, perky 16-year-old South African aquastar, bustled 100-yard freestyle in :57.8 at Johannesburg, clipping 3/10 of second off American Joan Alderson's world mark (Oct. 6).
Ray Booty, lanky 23-year-old Nottingham electronics engineer who was first to cycle 100 miles in under four hours (SI, Aug. 20), drove his nine-hp auto 100 miles from London to Norwich in three hours, hopped on his bike and pedaled return trip in 3:28.40 to surpass world record held by Professional Ken Joy.
October 14, 1956
Box Trade, Kenneth Kemp's 7-year-old gelding, sprinted half-mile in :45 2/5 at Cleveland's Cranwood Park for his second U.S. mark in two weeks (Oct. 1).
New York Yankees dropped first two games in Ebbets Field to Sal Maglie 6-3 and Reliever Don Bessent 13-8, came back to more friendly confines of Yankee Stadium to sweep next three from Brooklyn Dodgers in World Series. Right-hander Don Larsen followed 5-3 and 6-2 triumphs by Whitey Ford and Tom Sturdivant with first perfect no-hit, no-run game in Series history, beating Dodgers and Maglie 2-0 with help of Mickey Mantle's third home run and sending teams back to cozy Ebbets Field for final decision.
Dick Richardson, handsome young (22) Welsh milkman and latest in long but futile line of British heavyweight hopefuls, showed little skill but came off with victory over faded and flabby (202 pounds) Ezzard Charles when referee disqualified exchampion for "persistent holding" (see below) to tune of boos and catcalls from 12,000 disgusted patrons at London.
NBA released first of monthly ring ratings, also named craggy-visaged Carmen Basilio, who knocked out Johnny Saxton to regain welterweight title, boxer of the month. No. 1 contenders: heavyweight, Archie Moore; light heavyweight, Chuck Spieser; middleweight, Gene Fullmer; welterweight, Tony DeMarco; lightweight, Larry Boardman; featherweight, Cherif Hamia; bantamweight, Mario D'Agata; flyweight, Memo Diez.
Bobo Olson, once tireless puncher who shuffled and bustled his way to middleweight championship before he became two-time KO victim of Sugar Ray Robinson, called it quits for good on eve of scheduled comeback at Portland, Ore. Manager Sid Flaherty reluctantly announced decision after consultation with physicians, explained, "His reflexes are too slow and he hasn't felt like his old self."
Paddy DeMarco, former lightweight champion set down in New York because he permitted Ex-convict Jimmy Knapp to act as his undercover manager, was returned to good graces by Commissioner Julius Helfand, who warned DeMarco and everyone else "they must reflect credit to boxing and keep away from people like Knapp, a known bookmaker."
Oklahoma continued to rock and roll, crunching Kansas State 66-0 for 32nd straight victory, best in modern college football, but upset honors went to long-suffering Penn, which snapped 19-game losing streak at expense of Dartmouth 14-7, and California, 14-0 winner over Pitt. Michigan State edged stubborn Michigan 9-0 in Big Ten feature, while Ohio State outpowered Stanford 32-20; Iowa squeezed past Oregon State 14-13; USC and Jon Arnett beat Wisconsin 13-6; Washington surprised Illinois 28-13 in Big Ten vs. Pacific Coast action. In other games, Notre Dame got its first win at expense of Indiana 20-6; Army perked up to defeat Penn State 14-7; Navy overcame Cornell 14-0; Yale punished Brown 20-2; Princeton rolled over Columbia 39-0; little Tufts shocked Harvard 19-13; Tennessee outscored Duke 33-20; Vanderbilt used subs to trounce Alabama 32-7.
Chicago Cardinals continued to shock NFL, upsetting New York Giants 35-27 in Eastern Conference, while San Francisco supplied surprise in West, beating Los Angeles 33-30. Chicago Bears bounced back to outscore Green Bay 37-21; Cleveland edged Pittsburgh 14-10; Detroit defeated Baltimore 31-14; Philadelphia barely got by Washington 13-9.
Flying Fury and Romanita, off at 8 to 1, made it big day for underdogs at Belmont. Dropped down to hurdle races by Cain Hoy Stable after disappointing 3-year-old season, Flying Fury came back to show class under rousing ride by Ted Atkinson, scampering home by three lengths in $55,700 Manhattan Handicap. Romanita, little bay filly picked up as weanling by Chicago advertising executive Freeman Keyes at Keeneland in 1954, staged driving finish to wear down Jet's Charm, won by bare nose in $59,355 Matron Stakes.
Ribot, unbeaten 4-year-old Italian wonder horse, let C. V. Whitney's Fisherman set early pace but catapulted into lead at head of straightaway to win rich Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp (see page 61), his last start before retirement to stud. One Frenchman, watching superb Thoroughbred pick his way through cheering crowd after 16th victory in 16 starts, sighed: "Quelle merveille! Now he has nothing more to do but make love."
George Simon's Miss U.S. I, with Fred Alter of Detroit handling wheel, bounced over Ohio River to win second and third heats and Governor's Cup for unlimited hydroplanes at Madison, Ind.
ENGAGED—Paul Anderson, 23, muscle-bulging 300-pound "Milo of Toccoa," often called world's strongest man, holder of world heavyweight weight-lifting records; and Patricia Gail Taylor, 17, trim 104-pound high school senior; at Toccoa, Ga. Anderson, busily flexing mighty biceps for Olympics at Melbourne, sighed: "If it wasn't love at first sight, it certainly wasn't long after."
MARRIED—Ken Rosewall, 21, hustling Aussie tennis star who upset countryman Lew Hoad to win U.S. singles title this year, world's No. 2 amateur; and Wilma McIver, 20; at Brisbane.
DIED—Stan Ockers, 36, fast-pedaling Belgian cycling hero, professional road cycling world champion in 1955, two-time runner-up in Tour de France (1950 and 1952); after fall during race, at Antwerp.
DIED—Joseph Morton (Mort) Luby Sr., 59, owner-publisher of National Bowlers Journal and Billiard Revue, founder of Bowling Writers' Association of America; of heart attack, aboard Chicago-bound train.