College and high school swim stars staged assault on world and U.S. records, brought down three on assorted fronts. Yale's Joe Robinson, Dave Armstrong, Roger Anderson and Tim Jecko hustled through 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:18.3 to lower world mark at New Haven (Feb. 23); Toledo's muscular Chet Jastremski churned 100-yard breaststroke in 57.2, 150-yard individual medley in 1:29.8 for national high school standards in Catholic Interscholastic championships at Philadelphia (Feb. 22), but 150-yard record lasted only until next day when Frank Brunell of Philadelphia's Frankford H.S. thrashed distance in 1:28.5 in Eastern Interscholastic meet at Lawrenceville, N.J.
Carmen Basilio, scraggy-faced welterweight champion, swung away with furious and almost frightening concentration from opening bell, didn't stop until crashing left hook knocked bewildered Challenger Johnny Saxton down and out in second round at Cleveland (see page 22).
Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer, scrambling for quick cash, belted over-the-hill Ernie Durando around for 10 rounds to win nontitle bout at Denver but suffered cut over eye which forced him out (and Rory Calhoun in) of Feb. 27 TV shot with Charlie Cotton.
March 4, 1957
Lou Radzienda, do-nothing former NBA president and friend of IBC man Truman Gibson Jr., was reappointed to critic-conscious Illinois State Athletic Commission by Governor William Stratton, who also filled post left vacant by death of Johnny Behr. His choice: 64-year-old William Feingenbutz, Chicago alderman during graft-ridden administrations of Mayor (Big Bill) Thompson (see page 18),
Art Aragon, self-styled Los Angeles Golden Boy who deteriorated into black sheep, was found guilty of attempting to fix scheduled fight with Welterweight Dick Goldstein in San Antonio last December, faces up to five years in prison. $5,000 fine, or both (see page 18).
TRACK AND FIELD
Ron Delany, putting out just enough to stay with pace-setting Laszlo Tabori and Fred Dwyer, poured it on in stretch to win mile in 4:07 (see below), helped Villanova edge N. Y. Pioneer Club (28½-27) for team title in AAU indoor championships in New York. Among other winners: North Carolina College's Lee Calhoun, who flitted over 60-yard hurdles in 7.2 (see below); Villanova's Charlie Jenkins, in 600-yard run (1:10.4); Western Michigan's Ira Murchison, in 60-yard dash (6.2); Villanova's Phil Reavis, in high jump (6 feet 9½ inches); Bob Richards, in pole vault (15 feet 3 inches).
John Landy, butterfly-chasing Australian schoolmaster who astounded world with 3:58 mile in June 1954, trailed unknown Geoff Fleming in 1:54.4 half-mile at Melbourne, then disconsolately announced: "I have had it. I have had a good inning and never will run in major competition again."
NHL leaders had their hands full with second-division clubs but Detroit coasted along six points ahead of Montreal and nine in front of Boston. New York trounced Bruins and split pair with Canadiens to increase lead over Toronto for fourth while cellar-dwelling Chicago began to show long-idle muscles, beating Detroit and Boston.
Henri Salaun, agile French-born Bostonian, guilefully puzzled Defending Champion Diehl Mateer Jr. with skillful assortment of cross-court drop shots to score 15-12, 18-14, 16-17, 15-11 victory in U.S. singles final in New York.
North Carolina held firm as nation's lone major undefeated team, outscoring South Carolina 75-62 for 22nd straight and NCAA tournament picture began to take shape as SMU outlasted Rice 75-72 for Southwest Conference title, Idaho State swept two-game series from Western State 88-59, 47-36 to win Rocky Mountain crown, Kentucky routed Alabama 79-60 to earn at least share of Southeastern Conference championship. Player of week: Mississippi's Joe Gibbon, who scored 46 points in 83-76 victory over LSU to become latest major-college scoring leader with 30.25 average.
Syracuse, sputtering most of season, picked up scent of NBA Eastern Division playoff berth, ran winning streak to four to take third place from New York and threaten second-place Philadelphia as Boston held seven-game lead. Fort Wayne had mediocre week but so did other western teams and Pistons maintained two-game edge over St. Louis.
Corn Husker, Mrs. Elizabeth Lunn's 4-year-old brown gelding who had brief fling as hurdler, made good use of pull in weights (105 pounds to 121), came booming up on final turn to out-game favored Holandes II in stretch run for $140,700 Santa Anita Handicap (see page 44).
New York Yankees, already favored to extend American League monopoly but never ones to stand still, hooked up in two-part deal with friendly Kansas City. Yankees acquired Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Schantz plus unnamed player (who may turn out to be Bonus Infielder Cletis Boyer) in exchange for Pitchers Tom Morgan, Mickey McDermott and Rip Coleman, Outfielder Irv Noren and Shortstop Billy Hunter. To Denver farm team went First Baseman Wayne Belardi, Pitcher Jack McMahan and player to be designated later in trade for Second Baseman Milt Graff.
Walter O'Malley, unpredictable Brooklyn Dodger president, brought National League rumor pot to roaring boil with latest maneuver: acquisition of Los Angeles franchise in Pacific Coast League in exchange for Fort Worth of Texas League (see page 19).
HONORED—George Pfann, Cornell quarterback (1921-23), Ken Strong, NYU halfback (1926-28), Ernie Pinckert, USC halfback (1929-31), Johnny Mack Brown, Alabama halfback (1924-25), William Corbus, Stanford guard (1932-33), John A. C. Weller, Princeton guard (1933-35), Dick Wildung, Minnesota tackle (1940-42), Peter Mauthe, Penn State halfback (1909-12) and Ira (Buck) Rogers, West Virginia halfback (1915-19); the late Marshall Newell, Harvard tackle (1890-93) and Hunter Carpenter, Virginia Tech halfback (1900-05); elected to National Football Hall of Fame, at New Brunswick, N.J.
DIED—George Edkin Little, 67, executive secretary of Football Hall of Fame (to which he was elected in 1955), onetime star guard at Ohio Wesleyan, coach at Wisconsin, Michigan, Miami of Ohio and Cincinnati, director of athletics at Rutgers for 22 years; after long illness, at New Brunswick, N.J.
DIED—Edward Ringwood Hewitt, 90, expert fisherman who devoted most of his life to improvement of trout and salmon fishing, inventor of widely-used bivisible trout fly, energetic automotive designer, chemist, author (his most recent book: Days From Seventy-Five to Ninety); after operation, in New York.