Lorraine Crapp, chubby 18-year-old Aussie aquaphile who breaks world records almost as fast as she sets them, tried her whippeting freestyle in new Olympic pool at Melbourne, thrashed 100 meters in 1:02.4, then teamed up with Dawn Fraser, Margaret Gibson and Faith Leech to do 4:19.8 for 400-meter relay, surpassing marks set only five days earlier (Oct. 25).
U.S. Olympic Swimmers George Breen and Bill Yorzyk took whack at record breaking in time trials at New Haven, came away with three. Freestyling Breen rattled off 9:15.7 for 800 meters and 9:19.2 for 880 yards to better world marks (Oct. 27); Yorzyk barreled through 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.1 for American long-course standard (Oct. 28).
Mikhail Petrovich Krivonosov, soft-spoken Russian geography teacher who gave up skiing seven years ago because he was too big (he now weighs 243), continued to play tag with world hammer-throw record, getting off tremendous toss of 220 feet 10 3/8 inches at Tashkent to regain mark from America's Harold Connolly (Oct. 22).
November 5, 1956
Detroit continued to set merry pace in NHL, outskating Chicago and Montreal to remain unbeaten (but tied twice) in seven games, but Toronto and New York were close enough to make things interesting. Sputtering Canadiens dropped to fifth while Boston won only game of week and Chicago was still without victory.
Oklahoma, showing awesome power and little mercy, rolled over Notre Dame 40-0, had winning company in Georgia Tech, 40-0 victor over Tulane; Stanford, which outscored USC 27-19; Tennessee, which trounced Maryland 34-7. Upsets of week: Illinois surprised Michigan State 20-13; Colgate shocked Yale 14-6; Minnesota beat Michigan 20-7; Miami blanked TCU 14-0; Arkansas thwarted Mississippi 14-0.
New York defeated Philadelphia 20-3, to move into first place tie with Chicago Cards, upset by Washington 17-14, in Eastern Conference of NFL, and Detroit made it five in row, beating Los Angeles 16-7, to hold lead in west. Chicago Bears out-scored San Francisco 38-21; Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 24-16; Baltimore scored over Green Bay 28-21.
Eddie Machen, quick-moving Redding, Calif. heavyweight, buzzed around hulking Johnny Holman for six rounds like queen bee contemplating a lump of sugar, struck swiftly and surely with stinging right, sharp combination to win by KO in seventh at Portland, Ore. for his 18th straight. Even Manager Sid Flaherty, who has been moving his tiger cautiously, was forced to admit: "He's about ready now."
Babe McCoy, jowly boxing character who thought his troubles were over when he resigned as matchmaker of Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium, was handed new parcel of woe. California State Athletic Commission moved to revoke his license, filed nine-point accusation, including charges of participating in sham or collusive contests, having financial interest in two boxers and actually managing another, conduct reflecting on boxing through associations with ex-convicts. McCoy will get his day in court when full commission sits in Los Angeles, November 8.
Marty Marion became latest major league managerial casualty, turning in cap and socks to Chicago White Sox because "they were not happy with my work." His successor: Al Lopez, who recently resigned after six years at Cleveland. Week's hottest rumor: Leo Durocher, once rhubarb-inspiring National League manager but now sedate TV executive, may be back in baseball next year. Leo, preparing to meet with Cleveland General Manager Hank Greenberg, baited hook: "They better come up with an awful lot of money. I want to be a stockholder, not just a manager."
Birdie Tebbetts, shrill-voiced Cincinnati skipper who got most out of lackluster pitching staff and long-ball hitters to finish third behind Brooklyn and Milwaukee, was named National League's Manager of Year in AP poll. To surprise of no one, American League choice was Yankees' riddle-talking Casey Stengel, who reacted with typical Stengelese: "Naturally the first thing you'd have to say, that is, you should be thankful for the award of that kind...."
Brooklyn Dodgers having their troubles in Japan (see page 26) where hosts complained they were "too quiet and dignified," got best news since National League season ended: Johnny Podres, brash young left-handed pitching star of 1955 World Series, was given medical discharge from U.S. Navy because of back ailment.
Mrs. Gene Markey's Calumet Farm and Willie Hartack had highly profitable week at Garden State, taking down whopping $222,980.50 in two races. Hartack, up on classy 4-year-old Bardstown, stormed down stretch to win $81,400 Trenton Handicap, worth $54,550 to winner, came back three days later aboard Barbizon to nose Federal Hill in $319,210 Garden State, world's richest horse race (see page 51), adding $168,430.50 to already well-stuffed Calumet coffers and bringing his total purses for year to record-breaking $2,202,688.
TRACK AND FIELD
Harold Connolly, hefty-swinging Bostonian, whirled hammer 224 feet 8¼ inches in Olympic warmup meet at Santa Ana (see page 29) but lost new world record when official weigh-in disclosed hammer was 5/8 ounce light. Technicality also cost multi-muscled Parry O'Brien mark in same meet. World's best shotputter zoomed iron ball 62 feet 8½ inches, his best ever and 2½ inches farther than own pending record, but throw won't count because landing area was nine inches lower than shotput ring.
U.S. weight lifters went through 8 hours of grunting and groaning at San Jose, Calif., came up with seven-man Olympic team headed by Heavyweight Super Strongboy Paul Anderson. Others: Dave Sheppard of York, Pa., middle heavyweight; Tommy Kono of Sacramento and Jim George of Akron, light heavyweights; Pete George of Akron, middleweight; Isaac Berger of Brooklyn, featherweight; Chuck Vinci of York, bantamweight.
HONORED—Johnny Longden, racing's winningest rider (4,920), triple crown winner aboard Count Fleet in 1943; Isaac Murphy, master of pace judging who booted home 628 first-place mounts in 1,472 races (from 1873 to 1894) for best-ever percentage; Tod Sloan, flamboyant glamour boy who lived high, blew $5 million fortune and died broke in 1933, early exponent of monkey-on-a-stick riding technique; elected to Jockey's Hall of Fame, at Pimlico, Md.
HONORED—Frank Leahy, pedantic ex-Notre Dame coach, now one of football's elder statesmen and learned TV commentator; presented with Helms Coaches Hall of Fame award, at Hollywood.
DIED—József Czermàk, 22, hammer-throw champion in 1952 Olympics; Gàbor Benedek, 29, second in pentathlon at Helsinki; reported killed while fighting with rebels against Soviet troops, in Hungary.