U.S. Olympians, sharpening up for Melbourne, rarely looked better as they broke one world and two U.S. records, equaled or bettered several others previously lowered in warm-up meet at Ontario, Calif. (Oct. 20). Charley Jenkins, Arnie Sowell, Tom Courtney and Lou Jones, displaying tremendous speed and flawless baton handling, sped through mile relay in 3:08.6 for new world standard; Max Truex raced 5,000 meters in 14:22.8 and Ira Davis hopped, stepped and jumped 51 feet 11 inches to break American records.
Australian swimmers staged wholesale assault on world marks at North Sydney, cracking six in pre-Olympic carnival. Freestyler Lorraine Crapp bagged biggest load, breaking four in one race (2:18.5 for 200 meters, 2:20.1 for 220 yards; 4:47.2 for 400 meters; 4:48.6 for 440 yards), came back to add fifth when she thrashed 100 meters in 1:03.2 to help teammates Margaret Gibson, Barbara Jackson and Dawn Fraser set record of 4:22.3 for 440-yard relay (Oct. 20).
Earlene Brown, husky Los Angeles housewife, hunched her broad shoulders, soared shot 46 feet 10½ inches to break own U.S. record at Los Angeles (Oct. 21).
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Art Luppino, Arizona tailback, picked up 53 yards (Oct. 20) for new college rushing record of 3,235 (see page 37).
Oklahoma had still another explosive Saturday, blasting Kansas 34-12 for its 34th straight, best ever in modern college football history, but powerful Michigan State kept pace with Sooners, overwhelming Notre Dame 47-14, and Georgia Tech stayed up there by beating Auburn 28-7. Penn State provided week's biggest upset, knocking Ohio State out of unbeaten ranks 7-6, while TCU also fell from charmed circle, bowing to Texas Aggies by same score (for other results, see page 37).
New York defeated Pittsburgh 38-10 and Chicago Bears overwhelmed Baltimore 58-27 to remain hard on heels of unbeaten Chicago Cards and Detroit in NFL conferences. Cards had to rally to beat Philadelphia 20-6, and Lions barely edged San Francisco 20-17. Cleveland lost to Washington 20-9; Green Bay won over Los Angeles 42-17.
New York Yankees continued to pile up post-season honors: triple-crown winner Mickey Mantle switch-slugged at .705 clip (376 total bases in 533 AB) to take American League slugging title (National League champion: Brooklyn's Duke Snider with .598); Left-hander Whitey Ford, owner of best lifetime record among active pitchers (80-28), topped circuit with 2.47 ERA (National League champion: Milwaukee's Lew Burdette with 2.71). Yogi Berra, Yankee World Series star, also received kudos of another sort from St. Louis friends (Professional and Businessmen's Club of The Hill), who called him "one of three best-known Italians in the world." The others: Columbus and Marconi.
Brooklyn Dodgers, overwhelmed by rousing Tokyo welcome, mistook Japanese pitchers Sho Horuichi and Takumi Otomo for Yankees' Don Larsen and Tom Sturdivant, struck out 16 times in 5-4 loss to Yomiuri Giants. Red-faced Dodgers recovered major league aplomb and home run touch, bounced back to smother Central League All-Stars 7-1 but quickly fell back into losing ways when Japan All-Stars knocked out Don Newcombe in first inning and went on to win 6-1.
Service boxers won six of 10 titles in Olympic trials at San Francisco. The champions (pictured below from left to right): Ray Perez of Hawaii, flyweight; Choken Maekawa of Hawaii and Michigan State, bantamweight; Air Force's Harry Smith of New York, featherweight; Marines' Luis Molina of San Jose, Calif., lightweight; Joe Shaw of St. Louis, light welterweight; Army's Pearce Lane of Big Rapids, Mich., welterweight; Army's Jose Torres of Puerto Rico, light middleweight; Roger Rouse of Idaho State College, middleweight (not in picture); Army's Jim Boyd of Rocky Mount, N.C., light heavyweight; Army's Pete Rademacher of Grandview, Mich., heavyweight.
C. V. Whitney's Magic Frost, bumped and then barely nosed by Romanita in stirring stretch duel, was declared winner of $136,275 Gardenia Stakes at Garden State Park when stewards disqualified Romanita, who also hampered Light n' Lovely for double foul.
Keeneland's closing week's winners included 13-to-5 shot Doubledogdare, who responded with burst of speed in run for wire to take $70,400 Spinster Stakes, but biggest loser was Money-rider Eddie Arcaro, left sitting idly by counting pennies he will lose from October 23 until November 1. Arcaro, up on also-ran Nimble Doll in Spinster, was set down for 10 days for "careless riding," will be unable to ride favored Bold Ruler in $300,000 Garden State Stakes next Saturday.
Willie Shoemaker, who usually lets his riding speak for him, booted home Beautillion at Garden State, became first jockey in U.S. Thoroughbred racing history to earn $2,000,000 in purse money in one year, next day boosted record total to $2,006,165.
Joey Giambra, cautious Buffalo middleweight, picked off ever-bustling but slowed-up Gil Turner (stuffed with ice cream to fatten up to unnatural 150 3/4 pounds) with accurate counter punches, impressed all but Referee Harry Kessler (who gave fight to Turner) to win 10-rounder in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Issy Kline, vari-talented IBC hand who had misfortune to get himself pinched for gambling last month as he whiled away time playing panguingue, got the "Dear Issy" treatment from Chicago IBC Storekeeper Truman Gibson Jr. after his "resignation" as Chicago Stadium matchmaker: "We accept your decision with very real regret...with best wishes from Art [Wirtz], Jim [Norris], Benny |Bentley]...Yours, Truman." Penitent Issy, who has been replaced by Bentley, plans to stay in boxing, will "resume my activities as manager and trainer".
New York Rangers won two out of three, moved up to challenge front-running Detroit Red Wings, who played pair of ties, in NHL. Montreal Canadiens showed signs of life in 5-0 victory over Rangers, but Boston, Toronto and Chicago were unable to win.
HONORED—Corny Shields, 61, silver-haired stockbroker-yachtsman, founder and chairman since 1936 of sailing's International Class; presented with Award of Unusual Merit and 16-inch silver Revere bowl, signed by 82 appreciative present and former International Class skippers, for "continuing leadership and inspiration," and David Crampton award for "outstanding sportsmanship," at Rye, N.Y.
DIED—Jules Rimet, 83, French soccer enthusiast, longtime (1921-1954) president of International Federation of Football Associations, later its honorary president; after operation, at Paris.