John Devitt, another of Australia's rising young aqua stars, shrugged off wind and rain which swept 55-meter outdoor North Sydney pool, churned up his own swell as he freestyled 110 yards in amazing 55.2, fastest ever for long course, in New South Wales championships (Jan. 19).
Viking Victory, brown, 4-year-old Coal-town offspring who finished 13 lengths off pace only five days earlier, hustled 5½ furlongs in 1:03 for new world mark in claiming race at Florida's Tropical Park (Jan. 16).
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Fred Dwyer, slender greeting-card salesman, saved special message for Hungary's Laszlo Tabori until final 300 yards, then uncorked withering sprint to win two-mile race in 8:52.4 to open indoor season at Boston (see page 23).
January 28, 1957
Mickey Mantle, whose slugging feats have aroused his business acumen, had busiest week since 1956 World Series. After returning unsigned contract to New York Yankees, Mickey trekked down to Baltimore to be crowned Sultan of Swat (opposite); flew out to Chicago to help Casey Stengel accept J. Louis Comiskey award from Chicago baseball writers; found himself designated Player of Year and winner of Sid Mercer plaque by New York writers; shuffled off to Rochester, N.Y. to haul away $10,000 diamond-studded belt as Hickok's Pro Athlete of Year.
Iowa State, Texas and Tulane checked in with week's biggest upsets (see page 8) but North Carolina escaped unscathed, beating North Carolina State 83-57 for 15th straight.
Boston picked up pace after All-Star game (won by East 109-97) break, took three straight to lead NBA Eastern Division by five games. Celtics ended week by trouncing second-place New York 114-78 as magical Bob Cousy scored 32 points in 28 minutes. St. Louis caught fire to win four out of five in West, got third coach of season when Alex Hannum replaced Slater Martin. Fort Wayne held shaky ½-game edge with Rochester, Minneapolis and St. Louis in virtual tie for second.
Colgate's Hal Lahar, with three seasons to go on five-year pact, became latest postseason contract jumper, moving to U. of Houston, whose oil-rich boosters had unsuccessfully dangled two oil wells and 125-foot air-conditioned yacht as lure to Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson. Other major shifts: Wyoming's Phil Dickens (after 10-0 season) to Indiana; UCLA Line Coach James Myers to Iowa State.
Pancho Gonzales, cocky old pro whose devastating power has disillusioned many an amateur champion, won four out of first five matches with Aussie Ken Rosewall as tour began in Australia.
Ed Furgol, 12-1 in pari-mutuel betting at nearby race track, made his reputation as pressure player stand up, parring two extra holes while Al Besselink dubbed four-foot putt, to win playoff and Caliente Open at Tijuana, Mexico. Tommy Bolt, trigger-tempered chairman of PGA conduct committee and sometimes called greatest club thrower in golfing history, indulged in favorite pastime in third round, made public gesture of promptly fining himself $100.
Ferrari team of Kansas City's Masten Gregory and Italy's Eugenio Castellotti and Luigi Musso, shuffling in and out of driver's seat, outjockeyed England's Stirling Moss, in Maserati, to win 621-mile City of Buenos Aires championship race.
Ralph Lowe's Gallant Man showed good speed, turning it on in stretch to outsprint Missile and King Hairan as favored Federal Hill faltered, finished disappointing fifth behind Lucky George in six-furlong $26,325 Hibiscus Stakes at Hialeah, first major test for 3-year-olds (see page 24).
Art Aragon, onetime welterweight Golden Boy charged with trying to fix San Antonio fight with brawling Dick Goldstein, is finding himself in more trouble than Peck's Bad Boy. Under suspension in Texas and without license in California, Aragon was indicted by Los Angeles County grand jury for "corrupt sporting practices," pleaded not guilty, will be tried Feb. 7. Conviction could mean five-year prison term or $5,000 fine, or both.
NHL began to develop into two-team race as Montreal's lead over Detroit dwindled to two points and Boston, hit hard by Goalie Terry Sawchuk's decision to quit (see page 12), faded badly to fall eight points behind Canadiens.
HONORED—Henry Lauterbach, speed-fancying Portsmouth, Va. hydroplane racer; awarded Gold Cup as nation's power boat driver of year, and one of 14 elected to Gulf Marine Racing Hall of Fame (for second time), in New York.
DIED—Joseph Aloysius (Red) Dunn, 55, Marquette University football immortal of early '20s, All-America quarterback in 1923, later star of Green Bay Packers' NFL champions of 1929, 1930, 1931; of heart attack, at Milwaukee.
DIED—James Brendan Connolly, 88, vigorous author of sea tales, first to win modern Olympic gold medal (hop, step and jump in 1896) for U.S.; after long illness, at Boston. President Theodore Roosevelt once said of him: "If I were to pick one man for my sons to pattern their lives after, I would choose Jim Connolly."