Parry O'Brien and Harold Connolly, massive-muscled Olympians frustrated by technicalities a week earlier, made world sit up and take notice as U.S. team engaged in final practice meet at Los Angeles before taking off for Melbourne. Jittery O'Brien (see page 40), only man in history to better 62 feet in shotput, uncoiled his huge frame with grunt, whipped 16-pound ball 63 feet 2 inches to break own world record for 5th time (Nov. 1). A day later, Connolly energetically whirled ball and chain tremendous 224 feet 10½ inches to better 11-day-old world hammer throw mark claimed by Russia's moody Mikhail Krivonosov. Other record breakers, Charley Jenkins, Lon Spurrier, Tom Courtney and Lou Jones, stepped briskly through mile relay in fantastic 3:07.3 for new world standard; Oregon's limber-legged Bill Dellinger unloaded rousing closing kick to outrun little Max Truex (who set mark Oct. 20) in 14:16.2, a new American record for 5,000 meters.
Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Tennessee continued unbeaten but not before Sooners and Engineers experienced some trying moments. Shocked Oklahoma had to overcome 19-6 half-time deficit to beat defiant Colorado 27-19 while Tech squeezed past defense-minded Duke 7-0 and Tennessee romped over North Carolina 20-0. Michigan State came back to wallop Wisconsin 33-0; Michigan ended Iowa's unbeaten dream 17-14; Minnesota barely edged Pitt 9-6; Ohio State won over Northwestern 6-2 for Big Ten record of 16 straight; Syracuse moved to top in East by holding off Penn State 13-9; Navy outpowered Notre Dame 33-7. UCLA upset Stanford 14-13; Oregon State remained in Rose Bowl running by outscoring Washington 28-20; Texas Aggies rolled over Arkansas 27-0; SMU was hard pressed but beat Texas 20-19.
NFL races settled down to two-way battles in both conferences as New York nosed out Pittsburgh 17-14 and Chicago Cards outpassed Philadelphia 28-17 in East, unbeaten Detroit turned back San Francisco 17-13 and Chicago Bears outscored Los Angeles 35-24 in West. Cleveland stuck to ground to beat Green Bay 24-7.
November 12, 1956
Minneapolis found patsy in NBA Western Division, knocking off Rochester three straight 97-88, 95-85, 88-87 to challenge St. Louis, which split pair with Syracuse, for lead. Nats, beaten for first time after taking three in row, were still one half game in front in East after New York turned back Boston 113-107, Fort Wayne 96-83.
Carroll Shelby, drawling Texan, lost ground to Phil Hill's more maneuverable 3.5-liter Ferrari on hairpin curves but picked up pace on straightaways with his more powerful 4.9-liter Ferrari to average 78.5 mph as he won 105-mile feature of final SCCA races at Palm Springs, Calif. (see page 58).
Brooklyn Dodgers, piqued at criticism by local experts, used long-ball lift by Rookies Jim Gentile and Don Demeter to overpower Japanese teams in four games but sent 40,000 Osaka fans into ecstasy when they bowed to Japan All-Stars 3-2 for third loss of Orient tour. Meanwhile, back home it was announced that Ebbets Field, called "outmoded, dirty and inadequate" by President Walter F. O'Malley and many other things by visiting pitchers who have disgustedly watched pop flies sail into handy Bedford Avenue for home runs, was sold to Realtor Marvin Kratter, who plans to erect a housing project on site. But Dodgers, with high hopes for spanking new ball park, will maintain temporary home at Ebbets Field under terms of three-year lease with two-year option.
Leo Durocher, rarely at loss for words, failed to talk Cleveland's Hank Greenberg into stock deal, reluctantly turned down bid to manage Indians and was forced to conclude "my future is here in Hollywood." Still in running: former Chicago White Sox Skipper Marty Marion; Kerby Farrell, who led Cleveland's Indianapolis farm club to American Association pennant and "Little World Series" championship.
Summer Tan, held in snug restraint in early going, moved up firmly and resolutely under urging of Derby-winning Jockey Dave Erb to win $84,700 Gallant Fox Handicap in track record 2:41 3/5 for mile-and-five-eighths at Jamaica.
Loppylugs, lop-eared 4-year-old bay gelding picked up by British Farmers John Beary and Norman Hines for mere $400, held off sustained stretch challenge by Larry McPhail's top-weighted (133 pounds) and costly ($196,000) Hafiz II to take 117-year-old Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket. Next stop for Hafiz II: stud duty at Stallion Station in Kentucky.
Ark Royal, Pandie Sun and Fighting Force drove nose and nose for wire, finished that way in Hotham Cup at Melbourne for second triple dead heat in Australian turf history, first since 1904.
Montreal, despite injuries and other assorted ailments, perked up to hand front-running Detroit first defeat 4-3, outskated last-place Chicago 6-0, 1-0 to move into third-place tie with Boston, which won two out of three, in NHL standings. Second-place Toronto trounced New York 7-2 but lost chance for lead when Red Wings held firm to win 2-1.
Eddie Machen, the fast-moving, power-punching young Californian who has rolled up 18 straight and is considered by many to be slickest heavyweight prospect around, was named boxer of the month by NBA, which also paid left-handed tribute to retired Bobo Olson for "recognizing he has reached the end of the fistic trail."
Gil Cadilli, another of Manager Sid Flaherty's hopefuls, surprised fourth-ranked Featherweight Ike Chestnut with countering combinations, picked up 10-round split decision and prestige at Houston.
Vince Martinez, third-ranked but forgotten man of welterweight title sweep-stakes, continued to wage Manager Bill Daly's war of attrition against IBC, slashing and hooking one Jones Ford to win non-TV 10-rounder at Miami Beach.
HONORED—Herman Hickman, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED football columnist, winner of 1956 Touchdown Club award for "lasting contributions to football," in New York.
HONORED—CECIL SMITH, 52, onetime Texas cattle puncher who became 10-goal polo star; and Davey O'Brien, pint-sized TCU passing wizard of late '30s; named to Texas Sports Hall of Fame, at Dallas.
BORN—To Terry Brennan, embattled young Notre Dame football coach, and wife Mary: their third child, second daughter; at South Bend. Name: Jane Killorin. Weight: 6 pounds 15 ounces.
DIED—Mrs. Marie Heiss, 41, Munich-born baker's wife, career-devoted mother of three figure skating champions (Carol, 16, who won world crown last February; Nancy, 14, national junior women's titlist; Bruce, 12, Eastern States junior men's champion); of cancer, in New York.