Jack Davis, limber-legged U.S. hurdler from Glendale, Calif., scissored over 120-yard high hurdles in 13.3 on humpbacked grass track ("It had bags of life") to break own world record in last pre-Olympic warm-up at Bendigo (Nov. 17). Earlier at Gee-long, U.S. Steeplechaser Phil Coleman trailed England's Chris Brasher in two-mile race but his 8:47.8 was fast enough to surpass American mark (Nov. 14).
Ada den Haan, youngest of rapid-thrashing Dutch teen-agers, breaststroked 200 meters in 2:46.4, best time ever for Olympic distance, at Naarden (Nov. 13).
November 26, 1956
Iowa and Oregon State, longtime also-rans, rode into Rose Bowl but not before suffering many anxious moments. Hawk-eyes barely squeezed past Ohio State 6-0 to clinch tie for Big Ten title while Beavers were hard pressed against Idaho, rallied in final minutes for 14-10 victory. Colorado, which handled Utah 21-7, nailed down Orange Bowl berth, when mighty Oklahoma overwhelmed Missouri 67-14 for 38th straight; unbeaten Tennessee whipped Mississippi 27-7; Yale overpowered Princeton 42-20 to gain at least tie for Ivy League championship; Syracuse, with Jimmy Brown scoring 43 points, clubbed Colgate 61-7; Pitt's second half razzle-dazzle beat Army 20-7; Navy had easy time with Virginia 34-7; Texas Aggies beat Rice 21-7 to move closer to Southwest Conference title.
Washington, riding high in role of upsetters, made it four straight, beating New York 33-7, but Giants held NFL Eastern Conference lead with man-sized assist from Pittsburgh, 14-7 winner over Chicago Cards. Detroit and Chicago Bears continued in first-place tie in Western Conference, Lions checking Baltimore 27-3 while Bears outscored Los Angeles 30-21. Other results: Cleveland shut out Philadelphia 16-0; San Francisco edged Green Bay 17-16.
Boston and St. Louis, only teams over .500 mark, held firm at top of NBA Eastern and Western Divisions. Celtics dropped pair to Minneapolis and Fort Wayne but bounced back to beat Rochester 108-86, 101-87 while Hawks got 49-point spree from Bob Pettit to whip Royals 118-105, then split pair with Fort Wayne and New York. Philadelphia began to make move in East, running off three straight over Rochester, Minneapolis and Syracuse before Nats stopped streak.
Boston, still sizzling, beat Chicago 5-3 before New York stopped surge momentarily with 4-4 tie but Bruins overcame Toronto 4-3 to extend unbeaten streak to nine and NHL lead to two points over Detroit. Red Wings also beat slumping Toronto, divided two games with third-place Montreal, losing 6-2 and winning 8-3 as veteran Ted Lindsay turned hat trick to bring career goal total to 301.
Mickey Mantle, switch-hitting New York Yankee slugger who won triple crown, added still another feather to his already fully-packed cap, was unanimously voted American League's Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers Association. Something less than surprised when informed of selection at Commerce, Okla., Mickey dead panned: "It makes me real proud."
Brooklyn Dodgers beat Japan All-Stars 3-1 behind six-hit pitching of Rookie Fred Kipp to wind up Orient tour with 14-4-1 record, headed for home and well-deserved rest. Japanese reaction: the Dodgers were weak on "low outside pitches"; the Yankees "showed more hustle," their batters had "better aim."
Chicago Cubs, already off to running start in general housecleaning, hooked up with Cincinnati in first big off-season trade. Last-place Cubs gave up Pitcher Warren Hacker (3-13), Third Baseman Don Hoak (.215) and Outfielder Pete Whisenant (.236) for Redleg Third Baseman Ray Jablonski (.256) and aging (36) minor league Pitcher Elmer Singleton (18-8 with Seattle). New Cub Manager Bob Scheffing admitted trade wasn't cure-all but reflected: "It's a start in the right direction."
Larry Boardman, promising young Connecticut lightweight contender who has put his future in soiled hands of Blinky Palermo, successfully encountered roughhousing ex-Champion Paddy DeMarco's mauling, butting and shoving with long-range bombs to win 10-round decision in Philadelphia's first big fight since May 1955. Complained DeMarco: "The referee wouldn't let me fight my fight. Boardman? He's nothin'."
Joey Giardello, onetime top-ranking middleweight challenger fighting his way back after losing brush with law in hometown Philadelphia, found third time charmed as he laid down two-fisted barrage to outpoint his two-time conqueror Charlie Cotton in 10-rounder at Milwaukee.
Kenny Lane, feather-punching Muskegon, Mich. lightweight, confused switch-hitting Frankie Ryff with baffling southpaw style for 10 rounds, scored often enough to win at Miami.
U.S. equestrians had merry time for themselves at Toronto, winning five trophies, including international jumping competition, to completely overshadow star-studded field in Royal Winter Fair Horse Show. Team Captain Billy Steinkraus, at his best form, rode off with two individual titles to set pace for victorious Americans.
Swoon's Son, homebred 3-year-old, held firm under steady hand of Dave Erb, trotted off with $32,700 Clark Handicap on closing day at Churchill Downs for his 10th victory in 12 starts.
Find, Alfred G. Vanderbilt's 6-year-old son of Discovery, rarely a winner but almost always in money this year, got away fast, maintained pressure for full route to break ice in $27,000 Narragansett Special after challenging Artismo broke down in stretch, fracturing both sesamoids in left front foot.
Althea Gibson, smart-stroking New Yorker, took up slack after U.S. Davis Cuppers failed miserably, scored triple in New South Wales tournament at Sydney. At top of fast, accurate game, Althea wore down Shirley Fry 10-8, 6-2 for women's title, teamed up with Miss Fry to win women's doubles and with Aussie Neale Fraser, who bowed to scrambling Ken Rosewall 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in men's singles final, to take mixed doubles crown.
DIED—Clifford Mooers, 67, dashing rags-to-riches Texas oilman, real estate operator, sportsman, owner of Lexington's Walnut Springs Farm, one of turf's leading owners and breeders (Old Rockport, Hasty Road, Traffic Court, Traffic Judge, Howdy Babe, etc.); of heart attack, in New York. In racing only since 1945, Mooers' horses finished first 291 times, piled up $1,842,624 in purses.
DIED—Colonel Hiram E. Tuttle, 73, longtime dressage expert, U.S. Olympic equestrian in 1932 and 1936, accomplished violinist (with Boston Symphony); after long illness, at Fort Riley, Kan.