Dave Ricketts, who played in shadow of All-America brother Dick (now with Rochester Royals) for seven years, calmly swished 10 out of 10 foul shots to help Duquesne beat St. Francis of Brooklyn 71-67 at Pittsburgh, stretched consecutive streak to 40 to break NCAA record of 38 held by Columbia's Chet Forte (Jan. 30).
Tommy Kono, ripple-muscled Nisei weight lifter, pressed 319 pounds, snatched 290, clean and jerked 380 for total lift of 989 at Honolulu, surpassing by three pounds world mark he set to win Olympic light heavyweight title (Feb. 2).
Bill Tenney of Crystal Beach, Minn, and Bud Wiget of Concord, Calif., who bettered five APBA world speed records only week earlier at Lake Alfred, Fla., moved over to Lakeland for Orange Cup regatta, helped lower eight more standards (Feb. 2 and 3). Tenney made biggest haul with three (49.669 mph for Class C racing runabouts; 63.966 mph for Class C racing hydros; 58.631 mph for Class B racing hydros) while Wiget picked up two (49.669 for Class C service runabouts; 66.568 mph for Class B racing hydros). Other record breakers: Charles Lovelace of Tampa, 43.881 mph in Class A stock hydro; Jim Coulburn of Burlington, N.J., 52.448 mph in Class B stock hydro; Bob McGinty of Corpus Christi, 51.517 in Class A hydro.
February 11, 1957
TRACK AND FIELD
Tom Courtney, rounding into old Olympic form and without competition from Arnie Sowell (who won 1,000 in effortless 2:11.7), dropped down to 600 yards, ran Charlie Jenkins and assorted rivals into boards to tie Mai Whitfield's indoor world record of 1:09.5 at Boston (see below). Ron Delany, bouncy-striding Irishman from Villanova, in first race since winning 1,500 meters at Melbourne, romped off with Hunter Mile in 4:07.5.
Kansas made most of second-half strategy to beat Iowa State 75-64 (see page 10) while North Carolina, nation's only unbeaten team, rolled over Western Carolina 77-59 for 16th straight. Kentucky and SMU held firm in SEC and Southwestern Conference, respectively, and UCLA moved up to tie California for lead in PCC.
St. Louis, deeply entrenched in cellar not too long ago, pushed slumping Minneapolis into last place on way to first-place tie with Fort Wayne in NBA Western Division while Rochester emerged from 11-game losing streak to take over third place. In East, Boston was still top banana as Philadelphia, New York and Syracuse battled for runner-up spot.
Germany's Herbert Weinrich and Heinz Noll whizzed around Cleveland Arena spruce track 20,830 times in 146 hours, covered 2,083 aimless miles before winding up where they started, to finish lap ahead of Australian and French teams in first six-day bike race in U.S. since 1951.
Gene Fullmer, bustling middleweight champion, took time off from mink ranching, copper mining and banqueting to pick up a quick dollar, bulling and swarming all over more eager than able Wilf Greaves (see below) to win nontitle 10-rounder at Salt Lake City, then agreed to title rematch with Sugar Ray Robinson, April 24 at Chicago, this time for 30% of net gate, radio and TV (same as Sugar Ray).
Kenny Lane, second-ranked lightweight from Muskegon, Mich., baffled tender-skinned Frankie Ryff with his southpaw style, had New Yorker bleeding profusely from gashed left brow when referee stopped fight in sixth at Norfolk, Va.
Major League owners, meeting in New York, adopted new pension plan providing for monthly retirement benefits ranging from $88 to $550 for players who put in from five to 20 years, prompting Boston's General Manager Joe Cronin to suggest "every family put a bat and ball in every boy's hand and tell him to get busy."
Mickey Mantle, basking in adulation like no other major leaguer, continued to collect honors and hardware in his busiest week yet. At Tulsa, Mickey told Oklahoma's Old Timers Baseball Association, "I don't know about you folks but I'm tired of hearing all this bragging about me," moved on to New York to accept three more awards, found time to sign contract with Yankees after getting public boost from President Dan Topping, who told him: "Get as much as you can—you deserve it." Mantle took advice literally, will collect about $60,000 for 1957. Among other contract signers: St. Louis' Stan Musial lined up with Cards for 17th year for reported $80,000.
Billy Casper Jr., young (25) Bonita, Calif, pro, kept his wits and his game about him, held off more seasoned campaigners with 67 on final round to win Phoenix Open with 271 (see page 51).
Bold Ruler and Prince Khaled moved to head of year's prize 3-year-old crop, scoring notable victories at opposite ends of nation (see page 23). Wheatley Stable's frisky Bold Ruler took off like jet under able Ted Atkinson, romped home 4½ lengths ahead of Gen. Duke, 6½ in front of Federal Hill to win seven-furlong $26,050 Bahamas Stakes in track record 1:22 at Hialeah; Prince Khaled, running against less stern opposition, nevertheless put latest gleam in California's eye, running away with $65,650 California Breeders Championship Stakes by 9½ lengths in 1:42 3/5 for mile-and-sixteenth at Santa Anita.
Boston found winning goalie in Don Simmons, cut down Chicago, Montreal and New York to leap back into contention in NHL. Detroit had its troubles with Montreal, losing 5-3 and tying 3-3, but retained 3-point edge over Canadiens.
Italy's daring Eugenio Monti and Renzo Alvera hurtled down icy St. Moritz run four times in combined time of 5:17.94, barely edged America's Art Tyler and Tom Butler to win world two-man bobsled title.
HONORED—Joe McCarthy, 69, iron-fisted manager who won one pennant with Chicago Cubs, eight pennants and seven World Series with New York Yankees; and Sam Crawford, 76, long-distance slugging outfielder of early 1900s with Cincinnati and Detroit; named to Baseball's Hall of Fame, in New York.
MARRIED—Gertrude A. (Gussie) Moran, 31, spirited tennis player whose lace-trimmed panties at Wimbledon created bigger sensation than her playing; and Edward J. Hand, 38, Buffalo, N.Y. trucking executive; both for second time; at Las Vegas.
DIED—John Birnie Marshall, 26, vigorous-stroking Australian swim star whose explosive freestyling for Yale set 19 world records from 200 meters to mile in 1950 and 1951 (after one brilliant performance, he said: "I did it for God, my country and Yale"), three-time Olympian; of severe head injuries suffered in auto crash, near Ballarat, Australia.