Tennessee, Oregon State, Iowa and Texas Aggies were week's biggest winners in college ranks (see page 24) while New York, Chicago Bears and Washington stole show in NFL (see page 104).
Master Boing, Andre Lombard's patrician black 3-year-old colt, well placed by Jockey Guy Chancelier, moved up on outside on turn for home, left Mister Gus five lengths behind in stretch drive to give France its second victory in $100,000 International at Laurel.
Ambehaving, Mrs. Richard du Pont's New Jersey-bred, brown 2-year-old, came off pace neatly under urging of Logan Batcheller to wear down front-running Missile through stretch, roared home by 2½ lengths in $96,150 Remsen Stakes at Jamaica. Favored Bold Ruler, fractious in starting gate, had another bad day, finished 11th and last, after being pulled up by Eddie Arcaro.
November 19, 1956
Rochester found its scoring touch, won four in row over Philadelphia, Syracuse and Minneapolis, moved up to challenge front-running St. Louis in NBA Western Division. Boston got safely past Lakers and Syracuse to take over lead in East.
Brooklyn Dodgers, harassed by reluctant trains, heavy rains and Japanese pitchers, managed to win four out of five from Japan All-Stars to bring tour record to so-so 13-4-1 but got lift from antics of usually reticent Gil Hodges, who entertained appreciative crowds with clowning (see below), and letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to troubled Don Newcombe. Wrote the President: "Hard luck is something that no one in the world can explain. Every athlete in every sport in the world knows that some days things just don't break right.... I suggest you think of the 27 games you won." Moody Newk reacted properly: "The nicest thing I ever received. I feel great."
Boston, off on winning kick, stretched unbeaten streak to six and soared into NHL lead on victories over New York 4-2, Detroit 3-1, Montreal 3-1, 3-2. Red Wings came back to beat Rangers and Chicago to hold second place while Canadiens were third, only one point ahead of Toronto.
Brigadier General Humberto Mariles, back at old blue-ribbon winning habit despite internal political squabble in native Mexico and occasionally painful coccyx, put his bobtailed Chihuahua II over jumps with usual meticulous brilliance to win three titles (International Good Will Challenge Trophy, Pennsylvania National Trophy, International Jumping Stake), helped his Mexican teammates take two other events, including Perpetual Challenge Trophy for ninth time in 11 years, at National Horse Show in New York. U.S. also had individual star in 29-year-old Apprentice Seaman Hugh Wiley, who guided his palomino gelding Nautical to victories in Royce A. Drake Memorial Challenge Trophy and Whitney Stone Special Challenge Trophy.
Scott Frost, frisky 4-year-old colt ably guided by little Joe O'Brien, high-stepped to victory in third and rubber leg of $75,000 American trotting Classic at Hollywood Park, added $27,500 to Potato Farmer Sol Camp's already bulging money sack.
Sugar Ray Robinson, in tune up for December 12 middleweight title defense against bustling Gene Fullmer, was content to pile up points with stinging left jab, opened up briefly in 10th to floor aggressive Bob Provizzi (see below), got his anticipated workout and 10-round decision before sparse crowd at New Haven. Satisfied he "could have gone five more," Sugar Ray promised: "I hope to be a little sharper one month from now."
Miguel Berrios, fast-punching Puerto Rican featherweight contender, had trouble catching up with hustling Flash Elorde in early rounds but used his right-hand power to slice up Filipino in sixth, went on to take 10-rounder in New York's Madison Square Garden.
California State Athletic Commission began throwing book at Babe McCoy, former Olympic Auditorium matchmaker charged with fixing fights and illegally managing boxers, as hearings opened in Los Angeles. Ex-fighters Georgie Hansford and Watson Jones ("McCoy was my boss man") testified McCoy ordered them to throw bouts but paunchy Babe got assist from his recent sparring partner, Art Aragon, who denied there was fix involved in his third-round KO of Tommy Campbell in May, 1950 (see page 30).
NOMINATED—Renville McMann, balding New York radio sales executive, longtime tennis buff, active for more than 30 years as player and official; named for second term as president of USLTA, in New York.
HONORED—Jack Burke Jr., curly-topped Houston pro, perennial runner-up until he broke through to win Masters and PGA this year; selected as 1956 Golfer of the Year by PGA, at Dunedin, Fla.
DIED—Gordon McQuarrie, 56, expert Milwaukee Journal outdoor and conservation writer, knowing authority on hunting and fishing; of heart attack, at Milwaukee.
DIED—Harry Ford Sinclair, 80, onetime pharmacist who became oil millionaire, later was prominent figure in Teapot Dome scandals of 1920s, former baseball owner (St. Louis Browns) and racing stable operator (1923 Kentucky Derby Winner Zev, Gray Lag); after long illness, at Pasadena.