Al Hall, beefy former Cornell star now attached to Boston Army Base, hefted and swung cumbersome ball and triangle 67 feet 9½ inches at Medford, Mass. to better Harold Connolly's pending world record for 35-pound weight by more than foot (Feb. 16).
Murray Halberg, durable little New Zealander, fought off challenging Neville Scott in face of 12-foot per second wind in backstretch to clock 4:01 for mile, fastest ever on grass, at Auckland (Feb. 17).
February 25, 1957
Undefeated North Carolina beat Virginia 68-59, Wake Forest 72-69 for 20th straight, but three-way fight for nation's major college scoring lead held spotlight. Latest leader: South Carolina's Grady Wallace, with 30.57 average; runners-up: Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain, 30.06; Columbia's Chet Forte, 29.56.
Philadelphia began stretch run for NBA Eastern Division playoff berth, winning three in row to trail solidly placed but temporarily slumping Boston by 5½ games. New York and Syracuse were still dog-fighting for third. Fort Wayne, moving to Detroit next fall, pulled 2½ games ahead of St. Louis in West, but Hawks were beginning to hurt after sharp-eyed Bob Pettit, league's top scorer, broke bone in left forearm in game with Boston.
Tim Flock, curly-topped Atlantan, wheeled his 1957 Mercury 160 miles up and down 4.1-mile beach and black-top course at 101.32 mph to win SPORTS ILLUSTRATED trophy (see page 36), became first to better 100 mph in NASCAR Convertible Race at Daytona Beach. Next day Cotton Owens of Spartanburg, S.C., in 1957 Pontiac, roared 101.6 mph to take 160-miler for late model hard tops.
TRACK & FIELD
Hungary's Laszlo Tabori bided time while Houston's John Macy set scorching early pace, moved up neatly and surely with 1½ laps to go to take two-mile race in 8:53.4 for his first U.S. triumph in NYAC games at New York (see page 32). Among other winners: Villanova's queer-gaited Ron Delany, running just as fast as necessary, outkicked Fred Dwyer in 4:06.8 in Baxter Mile; Pitt's Arnie Sowell breezed home ahead of ailing Tom Courtney in 1:50.7 half mile; Charlie Jenkins, off and running at gun, poured it on to edge Reggie Pearman in :57 in 500-yard run.
Glenn Davis, Ohio State's Olympic 400-meter hurdle champion who has passed up Eastern indoor circuit to help Buckeyes in dual meets, is being kept as busy as a pup at a flea circus. His latest feat in a losing meet with Michigan State (74½-66½): first in 60-yard dash, 70-yard low hurdles, 300-yard dash, broad jump, anchor man on winning relay team; second in high hurdles, tie for third in high jump.
Boston U. and Colgate dipped into own ranks, came up with longtime assistants to man head coaching posts. Boston, after tuning sensitive ear to players, who called Line Coach Steve Sinko "a good leader...he knows what he's doing," named 10-year aide to replace Buff Donelli (now at Columbia); Colgate ended search for successor to Hal Lahar (now at Houston), moved up Backfield Coach Fred Rice.
Ch. Shirkhan of Grandeur, shaggy 2½-year-old Afghan hound, stepped out soundly under handling of pitter-pattering Co-owner Sunny Shay of Hicksville, L.I. to prance off with best-in-show in Westminster Kennel Club classic, dogdom's world series, in New York (see page 44).
Jay Hebert, stroking brilliantly to get out of tight spots, dropped 4-footer for birdie on last hole, edging Ed Furgol by stroke (271-272) to win Texas Open at San Antonio.
Joe Brown, who will never be counted among boxing's greatest lightweight champions, nevertheless jiggled and flicked left in face of inept Wallace (Bud) Smith often enough to partially close his left eye and slice up his mouth, retained title by TKO when referee halted match at end of 10th in Miami Beach. Smith, beaten five straight and headed hell-bent for oblivion, accurately stated feelings of 4,129 paying fans and thousands more who suffered via TV: "I felt kinda disgusted."
California fans hailed new ring hero after 6,300, including delirious partisans from south of border, jam-packed Hollywood Legion Stadium to watch vicious-punching (30 KOs in 32 fights) Ricardo (Pajarito) Moreno, 19-year-old featherweight from Chalchihuites, Mexico, put heavyweight-sized blast on Tommy Bain. Moreno, whose nickname means Little Bird, acted more like untamed tiger as his thunderous left hooks accidentally floored Referee Van in second, messed up Bain's face so badly that groggy official stopped slaughter in third.
Latest New York dreamboat: 150,000-seat sports arena, roofed over for year-round use and containing½-mile harness racing track, to be built on 15-block site in Bronx or Queens at cost of $57,000,000. One big catch: sponsoring group, headed by Richard D. Gittlin, must first be assured that legislature will pass bills to permit winter harness racing within New York City limits.
Calumet's Gen. Duke, with hot-riding Willie Hartack pushing him hard, had a go at favored Bold Ruler in stretch, charging up on outside to win by head in photo-finish $30,350 Everglade Stakes" test for 3-year-olds at Hialeah (see page 20).
Detroit rarely had it so good in NHL, outskating New York, Toronto and Boston to go eight points ahead of slipping Montreal, 10 in front of Bruins. Rangers beat Canadiens in Montreal (2-1) for first time in three years, led Toronto for fourth place.
MARRIED—Shirley Fry, 29, methodical-stroking world's No. 1 woman tennis amateur, Wimbledon and U.S. winner in 1956; and Karl Irvin, 38, New York advertising executive based in Australia, after renewing 10-year-old friendship at South Wales tournament last. November; at Sydney. Bride reaffirmed decision not to defend at Forest Hills and Wimbledon, but. left door open for return in 1958.
MARRIED—Peter Collins, 25, spunky British racing driver, captain of Ferrari team; and Louise King, 24, budding Broadway actress (The Seven Year Itch), daughter of Andrew W. Cordier, executive assistant to U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, at Miami.
DIED—William Patrick (Bill) Kyne, 69. genial California sports promoter who ran gamut from horses and boxing to golf, automobile and motorcycle racing, founder and general manager of Bay Meadows track, chief architect and proponent of bill which legalized pari-mutuel betting in California in 1933; of cirrhosis, at San Francisco.