Federal Hill, frisky 3-year-old owned by Clifford Lussky, brilliantly qualified himself as sprinter, streaking seldom run 6½ furlongs in 1:15 for new world record at Gulfstream (March 25), a speed he was unable to match over longer distance in Florida Derby later in week (see "Horse Racing").
Beau Madison, Leslie Madison's rangy 2-year-old Arizona-bred colt, lugging 118 pounds in second race of career, thundered 4 furlongs in 45 seconds to break another world mark at Turf Paradise in Phoenix (March 30).
Maureen Murphy, homebred Olympian, windmilled 150-yard backstroke in 1:46.3 at Portland, Ore. (March 24) to better 15-year-old record (1:48.2) held by Gloria Callen.
April 8, 1957
Fyodor Bogdanovsky, massive-muscled Russian middleweight lifter, hefted 298½ pounds in press to raise own world standard at Moscow.
Michigan, bolstered by Dick Kimball's double in low and high board diving and Cy Hopkins' triumph in 200-yard breaststroke in meet record 2:20, swooshed into dead heat with Michigan State in medley relay, last event on program, adding enough points to offset tremendous one-man show by Yale's Tim Jecko (see above) and edging Elis 69-61 for NCAA team title at Chapel Hill, N.C. Other individual champions: North Carolina's Charlie Krepp in 100-yard backstroke (58.1) and 200-yard backstroke (2:07.8); Indiana's Bill Woolsey in 220-yard freestyle (2:02.5) and 440-yard freestyle (4:38.2); Amherst's Bob Keiter in 50-yard freestyle (22.1); Harvard's Henry Dyer in 100-yard freestyle (49.4); Oklahoma's Julian Dyason in 100-yard breaststroke (1:03); Yale's Russell Hibbard, Daniel Cornwall, Dave Armstrong and Rex Aubrey in 400-yard freestyle relay (3:23.8).
Boston, bouncing back after 125-123 double overtime loss to St. Louis (who earlier outhustled Minneapolis 143-135 for Western title), used Bob Cousy's wizardry and Frank Ramsey's point-making to beat Hawks 119-99 in second game of NBA championship playoff at Boston.
Air Force All-Stars turned loose sharpshooting little (5 feet 10 inches) Ron Tomsic for 26 points, put pressure on San Francisco Olympic Club in closing minutes for 87-74 victory, became first service team since 1910 to win AAU title, at Denver,
Gen. Duke, Calumet Farm's 3-year-old dandy, responded to Willie Hartack's whip with terrific charge in stretch to beat favored Bold Ruler by 1½ lengths in 1:46⅘ fastest ever for 3-year-old and equaling world record for mile and furlong, in $123,600 Florida Derby at Gulfstream (see page 57).
Mrs. Jan Burke's stout-hearted Dedicate surged up to leaders when urged by Bill Boland, outlasted Third Brother in run for wire to win by nose in $111,150 John B. Campbell Memorial on closing day at Bowie.
Mrs. Geoffrey Kohn's Sundew, off at 20 to 1, gave his long-shot backers severe case of nerves when he stumbled twice but recovered smartly to finish eight lengths ahead of pack in Grand National at Aintree (see page 14).
Cecil Smith, 53, onetime cowhand who rose to become one of nation's top-ranking mallet stars (see page 80), gave 5,000 fans who gathered at Boca Raton to honor him on election to Texas' Hall of Fame plenty to cheer about, whacking home offside neck shot in sudden-death chukker to provide his Texas quartet with 9-8 win over star-studded Boca Raton team.
Hibbing, Minn., skipped by Harold Lauber, 47-year-old golf pro and sparked by holler-guy Petey Beasy, 46-year-old beer distributor, skittered to seven straight victories before losing to Detroit 12-11, came back to outsweep Minot, N.D. 12-6 for title in first national bonspiel at Chicago (see page 50).
Montreal and Boston went ahead 2-1 in Stanley Cup semifinals but still had rough road ahead. Canadiens split first two with New York 4-1, 3-4, staged dazzling power display at home to throttle Rangers 8-3 as Bernie Geoffrion turned hat trick; Bruins stopped Detroit 3-1, lost next one 7-2 but took third game 4-3 on Cal Gardner's last-period 20-foot clutch goal.
Hans Smits and Peter Post, spirited Dutch pedalers, took turns whirling aimlessly around Chicago's International Amphitheatre for six days and nights, covering 1,865 miles to finish ahead of streamlined field as three-city revival tour ended in financial flop. Squawked Promoter Harry Sperber: "I can remember when riders got off their bikes to shovel coal into furnaces to heat the building. Today they are prima donnas."
Pascual Perez, Argentina's power-punching flyweight king, caught challenging British Champion Dai Dower with dynamite-packed right cross to chin to score KO in 2:58 of first round before 80,000 at Buenos Aires' sprawling San Lorenzo de Almagros Soccer Stadium. Dead-panned Perez: "It was all a mistake. I usually take my time in the early rounds. But this time my hand slipped." Dazed Dower was not so sure: "That was a very good punch."
Middleweights Joey Giardello and Willie Vaughn gave it the waltz-me-around-again-Willie treatment for 10 rounds in Kansas City, decided exactly nothing after split decision went to 5-to-1 underdog Vaughn. Informed by wily Co-Promoters John Antonello and Frankie Gatto (who had visions of return match) that Referee Ray Sissom mistakenly used 10-pound scoring system instead of newly adopted 5-point scheme, Giardello and Manager Frank Carter set up ringside howl, next day got Missouri Athletic Commission to rule contest "no decision."
Archie Moore, comfortably cushioned by 35 excess pounds and sporting full goatee, breezed into Detroit, agreed to defend his light heavyweight title June 7 against winner of April 5 tussle between Tony Anthony and Chuck Spieser. Admitting to 40 (and more likely 43), still garrulous Archie foresaw no problem in making 175-pound limit ("I'll do it easy with my secret Australian diet"); reluctantly allowed, "I guess I wasn't cut out to be heavyweight champion," but held out tongue-in-cheek hope for another go at crown: "Maybe I'll hit a home run the third time."
Ned Day, 43-year-old former national individual match-game champion with knack for rolling perfect games, had his eye trained on head pin, knocked off two successive 300s at Milwaukee for third time. His perfect-game total: 83.
Pittsburgh and New York Giants, who may not see first division once regular season gets under way, were still living it up in Grapefruit and Cactus circuits. Pirates got route-going five-hitter from Bob Friend to beat St. Louis 5-1, moved to top of National League standings with 13-6 record; Giants pummeled Arizona neighbors often enough to clinch Cactus title. Cleveland topped American League teams with 11-9, as New York Yankees, without ailing Mickey Mantle, stood at 11-11.
Ch. Chik-T'sun of Caversham, perky Pekingese owned by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Venable of Atlanta and handled by Clara Alford, strutted off with best-in-show, his 10th since Jan. 13, at International Kennel Club all-breed competition in Chicago.
Arnold Palmer of Latrobe, Pa., who joined play-for-pay circuit after winning national amateur in 1954, went into final round with two-stroke lead but had to nuzzle home 18-inch putt on last green to hold off Dow Finsterwald 282-283 in Azalea Open at Wilmington, N.C.
HONORED—Maurice E. McLoughlin, R. Norris Williams II, Mary K. Browne, Hazel H. Wightman (donor of Wightman Cup), super-stars of old, each of whom won at least two U.S. singles titles from 1911 through 1919; named to Tennis Hall of Fame, in New York.
MARRIED—Harold Connolly, 25. love-smitten U.S. Olympic hammer champion; and Olga Fikotova, 24, buxom Czechoslovakian Olympic discus gold medalist; in three-way (civil, Roman Catholic, Protestant) ceremonies, after winning fight for special permission from Czech President Antonin Zapotocky, in Prague.
DIED—William Adam (Billy) Meyer, 64, short-time major leaguer with Philadelphia A's in 1916-17, longtime manager of New York Yankees' minor league teams until he left farm in 1948 to rouse Pittsburgh ("This outfit has the real romance of baseball to it") to surprise fourth-place wind-up and win Manager of Year honors; of heart and kidney ailment, at Knoxville, Tenn. Meyer's Pirate honeymoon lasted until 1952 when he was replaced by Fred Haney after sixth-, eight-and seventh-place finishes.
Al Vincelette of Denver University won jump, Teammate Harold Riiber took Nordic Combined title to give Coach Willy Schaeffler (SI, April 1) fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Second in team scoring: Colorado U. Individual stars of meet: Ralph Miller and Chick Igaya of third-place Dartmouth, who won downhill and slalom respectively; Western State's Mack Miller (below).
Elsewhere in skiing:
Toni Sailer and fellow Austrians Anderl Molterer, Josl Rieder and Christian Pravda made runaway of U.S. racing season, between them took first place in virtually all major events except National slalom, in which Sailer was disqualified. Handsome Sailer was undisputed king of circuit, scoring eight victories, one second and one disqualification in 10 events he entered.
Therese Le Due, France, rated best of European women to invade U.S. this winter, taking Combined titles at American International at Stowe and Harriman Cup at Sun Valley.
Nonie Foley (above) led fresh crop of American girls to impressive record against topflight European competition, won Roch Cup Combined and finished second to Le Due at Stowe and Sun Valley. Other fresh faces at top of American skiing: Madi Springer-Miller, winner of National Combined and Stowe International downhill; Sally Deaver, winner of women's slalom titles in Nationals and Roch Cup; Linda Meyers, second in Nationals Combined and fifth in Roch Cup Combined.
American men did poorly against crack Austrians, with Buddy Werner (second behind Sailer in National and Stowe International downhill runs) only U.S. entrant to score consistently. However, National Ski Association hopes to raise $40,000 for training and traveling expenses of U.S. team to Austria next year and feels with competitive experience Werner and others can make top showing.
Oklahoma's Dan Hodge pinned four of five opponents to lead Sooner wrestlers to team championship in 27th annual NCAA wrestling championships at Pittsburgh. Hodge closed out college career by winning his third straight 177-pound championship and becoming second in history to repeat as tournament's outstanding wrestler. Only sour note for Oklahoma came in Hodge's semifinal bout with John Dustin of Oregon State, when he failed to pin Dustin, thus breaking 21-match pin streak, although winning 8-2 decision.
Ed Peery of runner-up Pittsburgh ran Peery family string of "triples" to three when he won third straight 123-pound championship on referees' decision over Harmon Leslie of Oklahoma A&M. Peery's father Rex, Pitt coach, and older brother Hugh were three-time champions at Oklahoma A&M and Pittsburgh respectively.
Tournament first was scored by 147-pounder Simon Roberts of Iowa, who beat Ron Gray of Iowa State 2-0 in overtime to become first Negro ever to win NCAA championship. Most heart-warming performance came from unseeded Bernard Sullivan, Oklahoma's second-string 167-pounder who entered in 191-pound division. Beaten 8-2 in his first match by Navy's Tony Stremic, Sullivan entered consolation bracket and, though yielding 20 pounds to beefier, taller opponents, won three straight matches—last by fall over Jack Himmelwright, No. 2 heavyweight in Big Seven Conference—for third place. Complained Sullivan: "I ate and ate and ate and couldn't get a cotton-pickin' pound over 172. Ain't it ironic?"
Other champions: Dick Delgado, Oklahoma, 115 pounds; John Johnston, Penn State, 130 pounds; Joe Gratto, Lehigh, 137 pounds; Doug Blubaugh, Okla. A&M, 157 pounds; Tom Alberts, Pitt, 167 pounds; Ron Schirf, Pitt, 191 pounds; Bob Norman, Illinois, unlimited heavyweight.
Team standings: Oklahoma 73; Pitt 66; Iowa State 38; Okla. A&M 37; Penn State 33.