Track and field records fell like clay pigeons before shill in a carnival shooting gallery as short pants brigade swarmed into action in Texas, California and Ohio. In Texas Relays at Austin, Abilene Christian's fleet-footed Bobby Morrow, who also scampered through windblown (8 mph) 100-yard dash in 9.3, outran Texas' Bobby Whilden in thrilling anchor leg (see below) to help his foursome (others: Waymond Griggs, Bill Woodhouse, Jim Segrest) to 40.2 clocking for 440-yard relay, fastest ever around two turns (April 6) day after Whilden sparked Teammates Wally Wilson, Hollis Gainey and Eddie Southern to new world record of 1:22.7 for half-mile relay. At Los Angeles, two college marks were broken by spunky little Max Truex of USC, who rambled two miles in 8:55, and scrawny Bob Gutowski of Occidental, who soared 15 feet four inches in pole vault (April 6). At Cleveland, three U.S. standards went by boards in Women's AAU indoor championships when Tennessee State's trim Isabel Daniels sprinted 50 yards in 5.7 and teamed up with Lucinda Williams, Barbara Jones and Margaret Matthews to sprint 440-yard relay in 50 flat; Amelia Wershoven of Ridgefield Park, N.J. heaved basketball 105 feet 9½ inches (April 6).
Harness racing fans got jolt from Down Under with news that as yet unnamed yearling pacer, owned by Allan Holmes and driven by Freeman Holmes Jr., stepped off mile in 2:09.2 at Christchurch, New Zealand to better world record of 2:14¾ for yearlings set by Royal Lady 2nd at Indianapolis in 1939 (April 7).
England's Derek Kevan and Duncan Edwards dented Scotland's goal in second half, thrilled 100,000 who jampacked London's Wembley Stadium with 2-1 victory for British title.
April 15, 1957
Ohio State's sturdy-armed Al Wiggins, competing for Cincinnati's Coca-Cola Swim Club, was still man of hour when nation's top swimmers halted four-day splashing in AAU indoor championships, held, oddly enough, in Daytona Beach's outdoor Welch Pools. Wiggins beat off Yale's talented Tim Jecko to win 100-yard butterfly in 55 seconds, was given judges' decision over Michigan's Dick Hanley in 100-yard freestyle in 50.9. But there was plenty of glory for others as Freestyler George Breen scored double at 1,500 meters and 440 yards; U. of Havana Breaststroker Manuel Sanguily captured 100 in 1:04 and 220 in 2:37.3; Jecko skimmed through 400-yard individual medley in 4:39.2, faster than any other American citizen; Ohio State's Glenn Whitten upset Teammate Don Harper (who won one-meter dive) in three meter event. Other winners: U. of Miami's Jack Nelson, 220-yard butterfly in 2:25.5; Indianapolis AC's Frank McKinney, 220-yard backstroke in 2:19.6; Hanley, 220-yard freestyle in 2:05.1; North Carolina AC's Charlie Krepp, 100-yard backstroke in 57.8; New Haven Swim Club's Joe Robinson, Daniel Cornwell, Dave Armstrong and Jecko, 440-yard freestyle relay in 3:27.9; North Carolina AC's Krepp, Dick Fadgen, Nelson and Dave McIntyre, 400-yard medley relay in 4:25.4. Team champion: New Haven Swim Club with 68 points.
Tony Anthony, quick-punching New Yorker who was just fair-to-middling middleweight only two years ago, raked overrated 13-5 favorite Chuck Spieser with solid combinations, burst IBC buildup bubble when he knocked out Olympic teammate with left hook in third at Detroit (see page 20) to win right to face aging Archie Moore (who promptly took his 35 excess pounds off to Germany for series of tune-ups) for light heavyweight title June 7. Bouncing with joy, Anthony chortled: "Man, I didn't know I could hit a fella that hard."
Alphonse Halimi, baby-faced Algerian, caught Italy's Mario D'Agata with his guard down, punched out 15-round decision before 17,000 at Paris to win recognition (except by NBA) as world bantamweight champion in bout held up for 15 minutes when ring lighting installation caught fire at end of third round. Meanwhile, NBA Champion Raul Macias agreed to defend his half of crown against Dommy Ursua in San Francisco, May 11.
Idaho State's star-spangled team climaxed brilliant season with overwhelming victory in 20th annual NCAA tournament on home grounds at Pocatello. Coached by Milton (Dubby) Holt, Idahoans won championships in seven of 10 divisions, took team honors with 59 points while second-best Washington State scored 12.
Hard-punching, ring-wise Idahoans lost but two bouts in three days, set records for team points and number of titles won, topping by two Wisconsin's five championships won last year when ISC was runner-up. This year Wisconsin won no championships, advanced only one man to finals.
ISC's gymnasium was jammed by 6,000 screaming fans, who howled ever louder as title after title fell to home team. Only 13 teams were entered, testifying to decline of sport on intercollegiate basis, in part because of southern insistence on segregation, in part because many eastern schools have shifted to intramural boxing.
Champions: Eduardo Iabastida, Cal Poly, 112 pounds; Dave Abeyta, ISC, 119 pounds; Cyril Okamoto, ISC, 125 pounds; Dick Rail, Washington State, 132 pounds; Ron Rail, ISC, 139 pounds; Bill Haynes, ISC, 147 pounds; James Flood, Sacramento State, 156 pounds; Roger Rouse, ISC, 165 pounds (by TKO); Dale Leatham, ISC, 178 pounds (by TKO); Hal Epsy, ISC, heavyweight.
NCAA rules committee, inspired by speech of Dr. Shane McCarthy, head of President Eisenhower's physical fitness program, voted to add novice division for next year's championships in order to stimulate wider participation by students. NCAA also appointed committee to work year-round on encouragement of boxing as aid to physical fitness. Coaches pointed proudly to tournament's perfect "no injury" record, with not a single cut or other minor injury in 50 three-round bouts.
Doug Ford, moon-faced Mahopac, N.Y. pro, gambling with daring of river boat card shark, caught and passed early leader Sam Snead, climaxed last-round 66 by exploding out of trap and into cup on final hole to win Masters with 283 at Augusta (see page 16).
Major leaguers, minus many phenoms who turned out to be duds, began long trek northward with Cleveland (16-10) and Pittsburgh (17-7) leading Grapefruit Circuit standings. Biggest surprise: Brooklyn, unable to untrack itself, wallowed in seventh place with 13-14.
Squaw Valley, site of 1960 Winter Olympics, was put to test by some of world's best skiers in North American Alpine championships, proved to be tough to most but not to Austria's handsome Toni Sailer, who skidded daringly but safely down tricky slope made treacherous by icy coating which sent 10 to hospital with assorted injuries to win downhill in 2:07.3. Sailer trailed his onetime instructor, Christian Pravda, in slalom next day but captured combined title. Women's winners: Italy's Carla Marchelli in downhill; America's Betsy Snite in slalom; Austria's Putzi Frandl, second in downhill and slalom for combined crown.
St. Louis and Boston continued seesaw battle for NBA title at St. Louis amid ruffled tempers, hot words and even scuffle between Celtics' Coach Red Auerbach and Hawk Owner Ben Kerner. St. Louis used inspired play of Slater Martin and Cliff Hagan and last-minute basket by Bob Pettit to overhaul Boston 100-98 in third game, but masterful Bob Cousy took charge in fourth contest, scoring 31 points to help Celtics hold off threatening rivals 123-118 and even series at 2-2.
NBA postseason shuffling got off and running with Rochester Royals' Les and Jack Harrison, irked by dwindling attendance and $25,000 in red ink, announcing lock, stock and barrel move to Cincinnati and its 14,000-seat Cincinnati Garden. New York, scrambling to bounce out of cellar, traded veterans Sweets Clifton and Harry Gallatin (and right to deal with Dick Atha) to Detroit (formerly Fort Wayne) for sharpshooting rebounder Mel Hutching and Pistons' first 1957 draft choice.
Three-year-olds continued to warm up for Derby on both coasts. Round Table, ears pricked and hoofs flying, skittered around fast Bay Meadows oval, breezed home by 4½ lengths in good 1:41 3/5 for mile-and-sixteenth in $52,500 Bay Meadows Derby; at Jamaica, Eddie Arcaro climbed out of sick bed to urge Florida-bred King Hairan, togged out in blinkers for first time, through sloppy six furlongs in 1:11 to win $23,000 Swift Stakes.
Needles, who has been having his troubles as 4-year-old, found way to win, putting on one of his patented finishes to storm up from last to first in final half-mile of $28,200 Fort Lauderdale Handicap at Gulfstream.
Florida State Racing Commission cut bouncy Saul Silberman, cocky little major domo of Tropical Park, down to slow crawl, found him guilty of permitting his phone to be used (by Aide Maurice J. Hirschstein) to disseminate racing information to bookmakers and betting "on cuff" at own track. Penalty: revocation of Silberman's license; suspension of Tropical Park by TRA. Mourned Silberman: "How can they be so vicious? I never did any harm to anybody."
Maurice (Rocket) Richard, fiery-tempered Montreal veteran, threw off weight of 35 years, hot-sticked his way to four goals to cool off Boston 5-1 as Stanley Cup finals began at Montreal. Richard also had heavy hand in eliminating New York in semifinals, netting sudden-death shocker to beat Rangers 4-3 after 3-1 Canadien triumph in fourth game. Bruins moved up to challenge Montreal for hockey's biggest prize by outscoring Detroit 2-0, 4-3 (see below) for 4-1 margin in other half of semifinals.
MARRIED—Barbara Romack, 24, doll-faced Sacramento, Calif. golfing champion (U.S. Amateur in 1954), two-time Curtis Cup star; and Edward W. Porter, 26, assistant pro at Sacramento's Haggin Oaks course; at Carmel, Calif.
MARRIED—Marlene Stewart, 22, Canada's pretty Woman Athlete of the Year, U.S. Amateur and Canadian Open golf champion in 1956; and J. Douglas Streit, 31, American-born Toronto financier; at Toronto.
DIED—Arthur Boyd Hancock Sr., 81, world-famous Thoroughbred breeder, astute master of Kentucky's Claiborne Farm, TCA Horseman of Year in 1944; after long illness, at Paris, Ky. Hancock's Claiborne Farm was home of famed stallions (among them: Sir Gallahad III, Blenheim II, Gallant Fox, Nasrullah, Tulyar, Princequillo), foaled four Derby winners (Gallant Fox, Omaha, Johnstown, Jet Pilot), bred horses who won 9,534 races, $15,082,712 from 1922 to 1956.