Michigan's Dick Hanley and Ohio State's Al Wiggins put on world short-course record-breaking show in Big Ten swimming championships at Minneapolis but couldn't stop talent-deep Michigan State from winning team title. Hanley set pace by thrashing 220-yard freestyle in 2:01.5 (March 8); husky Wiggins strong-armed 100-yard butterfly in 54.3 (March 9). Other records hauled down last week: Seattle's perky Nancy Ramey whipped through 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.8 for world mark at Portland, Ore. (March 9); Yale's Tim Jecko churned 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.7 to break his own college standard at Cambridge, Mass. as Elis trounced Harvard 59-27 for 156th straight dual meet victory and 11th Eastern Intercollegiate League crown (March 9).
Master Sergeant Huelet L. Benner, keen-eyed West Point instructor, set sharpshooting example for future generals, planting 18 bullets in X-ring and barely missing with two more to post 200 points and new world record for 20-shot slow fire at 25 yards with .22 caliber pistol (March 6), went on to win seventh national midwinter title with over-all score of 2,610-106X at Tampa, Fla.
Major league exhibition season got under way in Florida and Arizona, with hitters well ahead of cautious pitchers. Yankees and Dodgers moved slowly, splitting first two games with St. Louis and Milwaukee, respectively.
March 18, 1957
Detroit finally cracked ice to beat Boston 4-2 after six winless games, held grimly to three-point lead over Montreal as Canadiens and Bruins (who trailed by five) sputtered through bad week. Fourth-place New York, off on tear, stretched unbeaten streak to seven.
Federal Judge Sylvester J. Ryan caught IBC (James D. Norris, president) and its sprawling empire with not entirely unexpected left hook in New York, setting off myriad speculation on boxing's future. His ruling: IBC is indeed a monopoly and in violation of Sherman Antitrust Act (see page 16).
Walter Byars, stubby little Boston welterweight unknown outside of native New England and poorly regarded at 5 to 1, played it cute, outboxing, outthinking and even out-punching lanky Garnett (Sugar) Hart for 10 exciting rounds to win decision in New York.
Sugar Ray Robinson, often guilty of postponing lights for one reason or another, will have to wait one more week (until May 1) to get return shot at Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer in Chicago. Reason: beer and toiletries TV sponsors requested change from April 24 date to coincide with early May sales promotion campaign.
Llangollen Farm's Corn Husker, held off early pace by heady Eddie Arcaro, sloshed up in final quarter to catch front-running Spinney in $115,500 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at rain-drenched Santa Anita (sec page 63).
Federal Hill, Clifford Lussky's hustling 3-year-old, broke out of gate on top, held firm in face of challenging stretch run by Shan Pac to win $48,100 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds in New Orleans (see page 63).
Matt Baldwin, shrewd Edmonton curler, made brilliant use of draw shot to skip his rink to upset over famed Campbells of Avonlea, wound up six-day bonspiel with 10-0 record to win MacDonald Brier Tankard and Canadian championship at Kingston, Ont.
Ronnie Knox, curly-topped glamour boy whose hectic and well-publicized football career has carried him (and ubiquitous stepdaddy Harvey) from California to UCLA to Canadian pros to Chicago Bear draft list, has given up on his movie ambitions. Ronnie asked for and got release from MGM contract, marched off to Fort Ord to begin six-month hitch with National Guard—this time without glib Harvey.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ron Delany, running just fast enough to win, loped home in 4:09.4 mile in New York, but biggest huzzas went to Tom Courtney, who raced 1.000 in 2:08.8; Charlie Jenkins, 600 winner in 1:11; Pitt Freshman Mel Barnwell, surprise winner of 60-yard dash in 6.2.
Max Truex, bustling little USC runner, made his first start on boards a memorable one, overhauling Houston's Polish-born John Macy to win two-mile in 8:56.7 at Milwaukee.
Bobby Morrow and Eddie Southern held spotlight in Border Olympics at Laredo, Texas. Morrow sprinted 100 in 9.5 and 220 in 20.2, anchored record-breaking (40.8) Abilene Christian 440-yard relay team; Texas' Southern took 120-yard high hurdles in 14.3 and 220-yard lows in 22.8, both meet records.
Herb Elliott, bony 19-year-old Aussie, hustled through last quarter in 57.8 to post 4:00.4 mile at Melbourne, drawing accolade from retired John Landy: "The greatest natural runner I have ever seen."
All-America teams began to make their appearance. First three (A.P., U.P., National Association of Basketball Coaches) showed unanimity of opinion on Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain, North Carolina's Len Rosenbluth and West Virginia's Hot Rod Hundley; two picked Columbia's Chet Forte; one vote each-went to Iowa State's Gary Thompson, South Carolina's Grady Wallace, SMU's Jim Krebs, Louisville's Charlie Tyra. (For other news, see page 59.)
NBA season headed into final days with Boston and Syracuse assured of playoff berths in East while Philadelphia and New York were dog-fighting for third spot. In West, St. Louis, Fort Wayne and Minneapolis clinched places.
Barbara Romack, pretty Sacramento stroker, made good use of her short game ("that old chipper and putter just worked for me") to beat 16-year-old Ann Middlemas 5 and 4 for Florida East Coast amateur title at St. Augustine. Altar-bound (with Pro Buddy Porter) in May, Barbara credited romance with relaxing her game, but plans to curtail tournament schedule in order to "raise some junior golf champions."
Home Again Mike, W. C. Jones's white-and-liver pointer, already winner of National Pheasant and Continental Quail titles, added one more crown to his bulging list, running widely and hunting earnestly through sloppy weather to point five coveys for his second National Amateur Quail championship, at Orange, Va.
MARRIED—Sammy Giammalva, 22, power-hitting U. of Texas tennis star, budding U.S. Davis Cup hope for future; and Cecile Abdo, 20; at San Antonio, Texas.
DIED—Babe Risko (real name: Harry L. Pylekowski), 46, chunky ex-sailor who slugged way from obscurity to brief fame after beating Teddy Yarosz for middleweight title in 1935, only to lose crown to Freddie Steele 10 months later; in his sleep, at Syracuse, N.Y.