Mrs. Charlotte E. Blum, smiling grandmother from Millersburg, Ohio, turned her slender trolling rod into potent weapon, adroitly applying persistent pressure to 20-pound test line to whip stubborn 75-pound amberjack into submission off West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas for new world record for species and tackle class.
Major league fans, with one eye cocked toward warmer climes, found to their surprise that Cleveland (6-3) and Pittsburgh (7-2) topped Grapefruit League standings after first full week of exhibition games. They also noted with no surprise that Yankees' Mickey Mantle had started his blasting, slugging three homers, one a 425-footer against St. Louis.
Detroit, perking up with NHL title in sight, edged Montreal 2-1 on Alex Delvecchio's third-period goal to clinch eighth crown in last nine years. Boston, in last-ditch battle for second, won twice to move into tie with sputtering Canadiens. Week's (and season's) biggest score: Toronto's 14-1 victory over fourth-place New York.
March 25, 1957
Colorado College slipped past Clarkson 5-3 in semifinals, had far easier time routing defending champion Michigan 13-6 to win NCAA title at Colorado Springs. Clarkson came back to edge Harvard 2-1 for consolation honors.
Navy swordsmen, led by artful Jim Woods, jabbed and parried their way to épée title, scored enough points in foil (won by NYU) and sabre (won by Columbia) to retain three-weapon intercollegiate crown by single point in New York.
TRACK & FIELD
Ireland's Ron Delany, roundly criticized by some for dawdling along just fast enough to win instead of shooting for records, didn't change his style one bit in Chicago Daily News Relays but this time he was carried to 3:03 three-quarters by Maryland's hustling Burr Grim, then stepped out in final quarter to pitter-patter mile in 4:03.8, his best time indoors. Delany, unbeaten in 17 straight indoor races, admitted "I could have run faster," but added: "I like to run like that."
Bobby Whilden, swift-gaited U. of Texas sprinter, had himself a time as Longhorns took university team title in Southwestern Recreation meet at Fort Worth. Whildren won 220 in 20.8, trailed Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow in 9.5 hundred, ran on two winning relay teams, including 400-yard foursome which scampered distance in 40.4, fastest ever around two turns.
Tim Jecko, powerful-stroking Yale sophomore from Bethesda, Md., churned up meet record-breaking swell in Harvard pool, strong-arming 200-yard butterfly in 2:11.8, 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.7, and 100-yard butterfly in 57.4 to become first since late John Marshall (in 1951) to score triple as talent-loaded Elis won 10 events in Eastern Intercollegiates. Jecko's performance drew enthusiastic raves from veteran Coach Bob Kiphuth: "He's great, just great, and will be even better."
Patty Berg, stocky veteran who has been playing cash circuit since 1940, saved her best round for last, shooting 69 (three under men's par) to finish three strokes ahead of Amateur Anne Quast (296-299) for her seventh Title-holders championship and $1,000 top prize at Augusta.
Carol Heiss, perky Queens teen-ager, and David Jenkins, crew-cut wizard from Colorado Springs, cut compulsory figures with machinelike precision but were at their best in free-skating, whirling and spinning gracefully as they combined daring acrobatics with dazzling speed to win U.S. titles at Berkeley, Calif. Among other champions: Carol Wanek (see page 76) of Ozone Park, N Y., junior women; Bradley Lord of Brighton, Mass., junior men.
Postseason college tournaments held spotlight as North Carolina, Michigan State, San Francisco and Kansas swept into Friday's NCAA semifinals at Kansas City; Memphis State, Xavier of Ohio, Dayton and St. Bonaventure won NIT opening games in New York; Wheaton drubbed Kentucky Wesleyan 89-65 in NCAA small-college final at Evansville, Ind.; Tennessee State outscored Southeastern Oklahoma 92-73 for NAIA title at Kansas City.
NBA playoffs began with Boston and St. Louis (winner over Fort Wayne 115-103, Minneapolis 114-111 to break first-place tie in West) sitting idly by while runners-up fought it out in best-of-three series. Syracuse outlasted Philadelphia 103-96 in East; Minneapolis out-hustled Fort Wayne 131-127 in West.
Spider Webb, fourth-ranked Chicago middleweight, had trouble avoiding right-hand sucker shots sent his way by willing Wilfie Greaves (subbing for ailing Randy Sandy) but managed to win his 19th straight in home town TV bout. Webb set up clamor for title shot, received assurance from interested IBCman Truman K. Gibson: "He'll get it soon enough."
Ike Chestnut, unranked in official four-man scramble for Sandy Saddler's vacated featherweight title, raked jabbing Gil Cadilli with body blows to take 10-round decision in New York. Wailed Chestnut: "They got this guy Count Basie [British Empire Champion Hogan Bassey] or whatever you call him in the tournament. Why don't they let him fight me for the chance?"
Toni Sailer, handsome Austrian plumber, streaked daringly down slushy Mt. Mansfield to win giant slalom (see below), added downhill victory next day for combined title in American International at Stowe. France's vivacious Thér√®se Le Due finished fourth behind Americans Nonie Foley in slalom and Madi Springer-Miller in downhill but won giant slalom to take women's combined honors.
SOLD—To ardent Milwaukee fans, 1,040,000 advance tickets for Braves' home games; more than some clubs will sell all season.
DIED—Eugenio Castellotti, 26, handsome devil-may-care Italian racing champion, known to adoring female fans in his own country as Il Bello (beautiful one), winner of Mille Miglia and Sebring International in 1956; of fractured skull, when his sleek red Ferrari crashed during test run at Modena Autodrome (see page 19).
DIED—Edward A. Stevens, 74, oldtime Cornell rowing star, former coach at Harvard, later at Oregon State; after brief illness, at Corvallis, Ore. In 1925 Stevens loftily announced Harvard policy would be changed "to abolish any feeling that the crew is an exclusive organization," next year resigned, claiming he was no longer able to work with Crimson oarsmen.