Tommy Kono, barrel-chested Nisei who has bettered six world weight-lifting marks in three divisions, added his seventh, hefting 382½ pounds in 181-pound clean and jerk at Honolulu (Oct. 13).
George Wookey, British Royal Navy boatswain togged out in flexible diving suit and whiffing mixture of helium and oxygen, descended 600 feet in Norwegian waters for world deep-diving mark (Oct. 13).
Galina Zybina, Amazonlike Russian shot-putter who will defend title at Melbourne, got off toss of 54 feet 11½ inches to break her own record for 11th time (Oct. 13).
October 21, 1956
New York Yankees unloaded home run power in seventh game at Ebbets Field, backing up Johnny Kucks' superb three-hit pitching with pair of one-aboard homers by Yogi Berra, bases-empty clout by Elston Howard against unfortunate Don New-combe, grand slam by Bill Skowron against Reliever Roger Craig to humiliate Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 and win World Series after Clem Labine outlasted Bob Turley 1-0 in 10 innings to even matters in sixth game.
Casey Stengel, wide awake at 65 and gushing like one of his lush oil wells after winning seventh pennant and sixth World Series in eight years, signed two-year contract to manage Yankees at estimated $80,000 per year, then took off for Glendale, Calif, to "catch up on some sleep" and dream up new strategy to confound American League managers.
Chicago Cubs, anxious to clean house and "make a fresh start" after last-place finish swept out Manager Stan Hack, Business Manager Jimmy Gallagher and Player Personnel Director Wid Matthews, reached out to Los Angeles farm to pluck Bob Scheffing as field manager (see above) and John Holland as general manager, latched on to banjo-strumming Charlie Grimm, sometime Cub manager and more lately with Milwaukee Braves, as vice-president.
Purdue added to Notre Dame's growing troubles, shocking Irish 28-14, while Army and Navy also fell with loud crash. Fumbling cadets bowed to powerful Michigan 48-14, and Navy went down before Tulane 21-6. Mighty Michigan State blasted Indiana 53-6, and awesome Oklahoma, disappointed when NCAA check revealed longer winning streak (33 by Pitt), bore down to wallop Texas 45-0 to tie record. Ohio State posted its 14th straight Big Ten victory, outscoring Illinois 26-6, but Minnesota's Rose Bowl hopes ran into a road block when Northwestern battled Gophers to 0-0 tie. UCLA remained in driver's seat in Pacific Coast Conference, beating Washington State 28-0.
Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions kept records clean in NFL, Cards breezing past Washington 31-3, while Lions held off rallying Los Angeles 24-21. New York short-circuited radio-controlled Cleveland 21-9; Philadelphia outlasted Pittsburgh 35-21; Green Bay edged Baltimore 38-33; Chicago Bears trounced San Francisco 31-7.
Bold Ruler, No. 1 candidate for 2-year-old honors, loped along until Eddie Arcaro decided he was ready, then surged down Widener chute to easy 2-length victory in $124,845 Belmont Futurity (see page 62). Dedicate, top-weighted at 120 pounds, found it little burden as he moved up to take Find at head of stretch, held off challenging Summer Tan under firm urging of Jockey Bill Boland to win $129,850 Hawthorne Gold Cup by scant head.
Robert Miller, agile Army Specialist Third Class, piled up 4,293 points in five modern pentathlon events at San Antonio to lead qualifiers for U.S. Olympic team. Others picked: Navy Lieut. William Andre of Montclair, N. J.; George Lambert of Sioux City, Iowa.
Detroit got off to flying start in NHL, outskating Chicago 3-1, Toronto 4-1, New York 2-1 to grab three-point lead, while Black Hawks failed to win even once in three starts and Montreal, New York, Boston and Toronto played .500 hockey.
TRACK AND FIELD
U.S. Olympians stretched their muscles in exhibition at Berkeley, produced several good performances. Harold Connolly spun hammer 216 feet 10½ inches, six inches better than Cliff Blair's pending U.S. record but two feet off Connolly's world mark of Oct. 3; Parry O'Brien tossed shot 60 feet 6 inches; Bud Held, who missed making team by mere inch but later set new U.S. record, tossed javelin 256 feet 2½ inches to beat out Olympic Champion Cy Young; Arnie Sowell sprinted 800 meters in 1:48.8.
Jim Bailey, cocky Oregon-educated Aussie, clowned through 800 meters in slow 1:51.2 as crowd booed his antics, to qualify for spot on Australian Olympic team in trials at Melbourne but John Landy, world's fastest miler, was still big question mark. Suffering from painfully inflamed tendons in both legs, Landy failed to enter 5,000 meters, is pessimistic about chances of competing in 1,500 meters this Saturday.
Tony De Marco, free-swinging strong boy, tossed his choicest bombs at jaded Kid Gavilan but couldn't bring down once-fancy-stepping Cuban and had to be satisfied with 10-round decision in non-TV battle of ex-welterweight champions before 8,112 at Boston. Beaten on cards of all three officials but always good for a protest these days, the Keed complained, "I didn't beat him big, but I beat him."
Spider Webb, once-beaten middleweight who has become apple of IBC eye since Bobby Boyd got his comeuppance, out-mauled and outhooked gangling Charley Cotton in dull 10-rounder at Chicago.
Rory Calhoun, hard-punching young White Plains, N.Y. middleweight beaten only by Webb in split decision, softened up Britain's John L. Sullivan with body blows, floored opponent with jolting right to jaw in seventh before winning by TKO in eighth at Cleveland.
John Jones, 24-year-old part-time cowboy from Fresno on rodeo circuit for first time, won steer-wrestling title, picked up enough dollars in three events ($4,124) to take all-round championship at New York's Madison Square Garden. Jim Shoulders led bareback bronc riders, all but clinched rare triple crown for year.
RETIRED—Betty Hicks, 35, pint-sized but long-hitting California golfer who turned pro six weeks after winning U.S. amateur in 1941, woman athlete of year in 1941; because of illness and "the professional tournament game is for the well heeled, the nerveless, the young and the carefree. I am none of these."
RETIRED—Mrs. Fanny Blankers-Koen, 38, once limber-legged Dutch housewife who won four gold medals at 1948 Olympics, decorated as Knight with Order of Orange Nassau by Queen Juliana in 1949 for "services to sport"; at Amsterdam.
RETIRED—Ralph (Babe) Pinelli, 61, former Cincinnati infielder, sharp-eyed National League umpire who never missed game in 22 years; after working his sixth World Series. His new job; to scout future California major leaguers for Redlegs.
...THESE FACES IN THE CROWD...
Bob Scheffing, former Chicago Cub catcher who managed Los Angeles to PCL pennant, is faced with more formidable task: leading Cubs out of National League cellar. Reasoned Scheffing: "I don't think they expect miracles."
Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons had one of his biggest (and most profitable) days at Belmont Park when the mighty Nashua bowed out with victory in Jockey Club Gold Cup and Bold Ruler ran away from field in Futurity. His take: $12,774.50.
Betty Cuthbert, pretty 18-year-old blonde shrub-nursery assistant who recently sprinted 200-meter dash in 23.2 for new world record, battled nine mph head wind to win same event in 23.7 in Australian Olympic trials at Melbourne.
Bill Dellinger, lanky U. of Oregon star, stretched his long legs through 5,000 meters in 14:25.5 to lower American record for distance as U.S. Olympic track and field team gathered at Berkeley, Calif. for benefit exhibition meet.
Dick Irvin, 64, who retired as manager of Chicago Black Hawks because of ill health after 46 active years in hockey, will still keep hand in his favorite sport. Irvin's new appointment: goodwill ambassador for National Hockey League.
FOR THE RECORD
BUCK BAKER, Charlotte, N. C. NASCAR 100-m. Grand Natl. race, 72.89 mph., in Chrysler 300, Charlotte.
HAWAII KAI III, piloted by Jack Regas, Sahara Cup, with 1,200 pts., Las Vegas.
(NOA championships, Minden, La.)
BOB McGINTY, Corpus Christi, Class C outboard racing runabout record, with 53.412 mph.
ELLIS WILLOUGHBY, Alexander, III., Class C service runabout record, with 45.942 mph.
JERRY BISKUP, Lincoln, Neb., Class F hydroplane record, with 56.285 mph.
BILLY KILGORE, 10-round decision over Franz Szuzina. light heavyweights, Miami.
CHARLES HUMEZ, 12-round TKO over Franco Festucci, for European middleweight title, Milan.
ERNIE DURANDO, 7-round TKO over Fernando Spallotta, middleweights, Paterson, N.J.
PAT McATEER, 4-round TKO over Lew Lazar, for British Empire middleweight title, Nottingham.
JOE MICELI, 10-round decision over Danny Giovanelli, welterweights, New York.
PATTY BERG, St. Andrews, III., Arkansas Open, with 287 for 72 holes, Hot Springs, Ark.
WIFFI SMITH, Orange, Texas, over Mrs. Marge Ferrie, 8 and 6, Trans-Mississippi amateur, Pebble Beach, Calif.
SCOTT FROST: $30,100 Gotham Trot, 1½ m., by 3½ lengths, in 3:09 3/5, Yonkers (N.Y.) Raceway. Joe O'Brien, driver.
FLOWER BOWL: $58,200 Ladies Handicap, 1½ m., by 1¾ lengths, in 2:29 4/5, Belmont. Willie Shoemaker up.
LEALLAH: $41,870 Alcibiades Stakes, 7 f., 184 ft., by 2½ lengths, in 1:27, Keeneland. Sam Boulmetis up.
BARDSTOWN: $28,550 Quaker City Handicap, 1 1/8 m., by ½ length, in 1:48 2/5, Garden State. Willie Hartack up.
SVEN DAVIDSON, Sweden, over Mario Llamas, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, Pan-American men's singles, Mexico City.
ALTHEA GIBSON, New York, over Darlene Hard, 8-6, 6-4, Pan-American women's singles, Mexico City.
TRAVELING DODGERS, headed by Manager Alston (left) and President O'Malley (second from left), put Yankees behind them as they take off on first lap of barnstorming tour of Japan.
RETIRING NASHUA makes his last race one of his best, streaking home first in Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont to set U.S. two-mile record of 3:20 2/5 and boost earnings to $1,288,565.
HUSKY RUSSIANS (in lighter jerseys) keep their eyes on the ball to outscore French 47-33, in spirited game at Moscow.
ARTFUL MEXICANS Diane Sprowls and Nekane Belausteguigoitia do a doubles two-step in Pan-Am play at Mexico City.
INTENSE BRITON Pat Smythe expertly guides Carousel III over triple-bar jump in the Horse of the Year Show at London.