Murray Rose, quick-thrashing young (17) Australian freestyler who won three gold medals in Olympics and thrives on diet of muscle-building seaweed jelly which his mother extracts from kelp gathered on Sydney beaches, clicked off 4:25.9 for 400 meters, 4:27.1 for 440 yards to better world records in New South Wales championships at Sydney (Jan. 12).
Dolph Schayes, feather-fingered Syracuse veteran, swished 18 foul shots without miss for new NBA mark, added 11 field goals for 40 points, but Nats lost to Minneapolis 118-110 at Syracuse (Jan. 10).
January 21, 1957
Warren Woodson, sharp-tongued University of Arizona coach who once told Tucson Towncats, "I know more about football than anyone here, and I'm smarter about football than you. Stay out of my business so I can do better," and later described his job as "the most miserable experience of my life," found way out of his misery. He resigned after five years and 4-6 record last fall. Other job shuffles: Georgia Tech Backfield Coach Frank Broyles to Missouri, succeeding retired Don Faurot; North Carolina Assistant Eddie Teague to The Citadel, replacing resigned John Sauer.
Bert Rechichar, sturdy Baltimore halfback, used his talented right foot to match Sam Baker's 52-yard field goal, also booted three others from 41, 44 and 42 yards out to lead West to 19-10 victory over East in Pro Bowl at Los Angeles.
Don Budge and Fred Perry, two old pros who engaged in many a stirring duel in late 1930s, clowned through two-set match, Budge winning 6-3, 6-4, as tennis stars raised $13,000 for injured Art Larsen in exhibition in New York.
College basketball continued on its merry way as conference races began to heat up, but spotlight was still on Kansas and North Carolina, all alone among nation's unbeaten major colleges (see page 4-4).
Fort Wayne became latest leader in seesaw Western Division of NBA, replacing slumping Rochester while Minneapolis won four out of five, were only two games out of first place. Boston had its troubles in East but still held three-game edge over Philadelphia as New York spurted to challenge Warriors for second.
Jackie Robinson, often center of controversy in his 10 years as Brooklyn Dodger, decided to make his retirement stick despite $50,000 offer from New York Giants, but promptly touched off new foot-in-mouth rhubarb when he told Waukegan, Ill. church group that Milwaukee lost 1956 pennant because "two or three players were visiting nightclubs and bars until the wee hours." Quick to retort were Braves' Johnny Logan, who called Jackie "just a rumor spreader," and Ernie Johnson: "Robinson is popping off again."
Heavyweight contenders continued to act like reluctant dragons as Champion Floyd Patterson basked in reflected glory. Agile but no power puncher, fifth-ranked Harold Carter gave away 23 pounds but little else to lethargic Bob Baker (ranked No. 2), caught a few good blows (see below) before hustling to easy victory in 10-rounder in New York; Zora Folley, knocked flat on his back in seventh, got up to win 10-round split decision over mauling Wayne Bethea at Syracuse; first-ranked Hurricane Jackson, whose ability to read, write and think fluently has been questioned in some quarters, was arrested on charge of using forged driver's license after his car struck and killed pedestrian in Far Rockaway, N.Y. Still to be heard from: third-ranked Eddie Machen, Sid Flaherty's latest tiger, who meets former Light Heavyweight Champion Joey Maxim in Miami Jan. 25.
Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio, suffering from injured right hand, was granted postponement of Jan. 18 title bout with Johnny Saxton by Cleveland Boxing Commission. New date: Feb. 22.
Montreal, swashbuckling as ever, outskated Toronto 2-1, Boston 4-1, 3-1 to stretch unbeaten streak to eight, opened three-point lead over Detroit, five over Bruins in NHL. Maple Leafs got lift from return of Ted (Teeder) Kennedy, bustled past New York into fourth place.
Doug Ford, ruddy-faced New Yorker, shooting with accuracy of pool shark, began profitable week by winning Los Angeles Open with 280, ended it with last-hole clutch shot to take Panama Open at Balboa with 277. Louisiana's Jay Hebert overcame pressure and gusty winds to grab off $2,500 prize with 54-hole 213 in Bing Crosby pro-amateur at Pebble Beach, Calif.; little-known Dub Pagan, West Palm Beach fire captain, came up with sparkling 67 to outshoot big-name pros in rich MacNaughton pro-amateur at Miami Beach.
Juan Manuel Fangio, balding world champion, skillfully kept his smooth-running Maserati out in front while Ferraris succumbed to wave of clutch trouble, averaged record-breaking 80 mph to win Argentine Grand Prix in 3:55 and tuck away eight points toward 1957 title.
NOMINATED—Ross L. Leffler, 70, longtime conservationist, U.S. Steel executive; for new post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife, by President Eisenhower, at Washington, D.C.
KILLED—Ken Wharton, 33, likable but hard-luck British racing driver who had survived many another crash; when his Ferrari Monza hit timing tower and flipped during 100-mile sports car preliminary to New Zealand Grand Prix, at Auckland.