Juniors Ned McIlroy, Dennis Rounsavelle and Jay Miller got off to good start but 52.2 anchor leg by Sophomore Denny Weldon was kicker that gave El Segundo (Calif.) H.S. foursome new U.S. interscholastic record of 3:33.3 for 400-yard freestyle relay in winning (58-19) dual meet with Beverly Hills at El Segundo pool (April 11).
Boston, pulled right down to wire by rags-to-riches St. Louis, went into double overtime before beating stubborn Hawks 125-123 in seventh game at Boston (after winning fifth 124-109, losing sixth 96-94) to capture first NBA title (see page 18).
Pancho Gonzales, still darkly muttering about quitting Jack Kramer's touring troupe, took time off from teaching facts of tennis life to Aussie Ken Rosewall to beat Frank Parker and Tony Trabert, teed off his big serve for 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 triumph over bustling Pancho Segura in world pro tournament final at Cleveland (see page 47). Whewed Little Pancho, after dropping his third final to Big Pancho: "Gonzales is just too tough." Gonzales then turned his attention back to Rosewall, winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 at Detroit to stretch lead to 33-15.
Finn Kobbero, lanky 21-year-old Dane, held off scrambling little World Champion Eddie Choong of Malaya in sustained volleys, relied on sharp angle shots and powerful backhand drives to win second U.S. Open title 15-10, 2-15, 15-4 at Spokane. Women's champion: carrot-topped Judy Devlin of Owings Mills, Md., 11-2, 11-0 victor over Margaret Varner.
April 22, 1957
Long-shot 3-year-olds gave themselves (and their backers) a day last Saturday, romping off with big money at Gulfstream, Jamaica and Keeneland. Biggest surprise was light-weighted (104 pounds) La Verite, who slick-stepped from behind to wear down fading and top-weighted (126 pounds) Federal Hill for 26-to-l payoff in $25,000 Biscayne Bay Handicap at Gulfstream; Mr. Jive, off at 8 to 1 and with more than casual eye on Derby, bolted to front under steady whipping by Hedley Woodhouse to take $30,450 Gotham Handicap at Jamaica; Claiborne Farm's 5 to 1 Bandit, fleeing like proverbial thief in field of older horses, scooted home first in 105th running of $12,250 Phoenix Handicap, nation's oldest stakes race, at Keeneland.
Steeplechasers ran, jumped and stumbled over brush and timber in season's biggest weekend. Winners: Dancing Beacon in Middleburg (Va.) Hunt Cup; Another Hyacinth in Block House at Tryon, N.C.; Doll Ram in My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point at Monkton, Md.
Major leaguers wound up spring-training exhibitions and headed into more serious business of pennant races with Las Vegas line quoting New York Yankees 2 to 5 to repeat in American League and Milwaukee and Brooklyn 6 to 5 co-favorites in National League.
Ralph Dupas, fancy-stepping scatter-puncher, moved out of lightweight class with flourish, ignoring badly gashed left eye to slam away at Welterweight Vince Martinez' body often enough to take 10-round decision before 10,800 home-town fans who paid $41,200 to look in on non-TV bout at New Orleans.
Flyweight Albert Pell, clever 21-year-old New York butcher boy, outpointed Bob Le Febvre to become only repeater in AAU championships at Boston. Other winners: Hemon Marquez of San Francisco, 119 pounds; Rubin Pizarro of New York, 125 pounds; Gene Gresham of Detroit, 132 pounds; Vincent Shomo of New York, 139 pounds; Don Hullinger of Lima, Ohio, 147 pounds; Dennis Moyer of Portland, Ore., 156 pounds; Alex Ford of Youngstown, Ohio, 165 pounds; Lindy Lindimoser of Vancouver, B.C., 178 pounds; Lee Williams of Boston, heavyweight.
Stan Leonard, five-time Canadian PGA champion but never winner in three years on U.S. circuit, birdied four successive holes on last round, finished with 69 to earn three-stroke (276-279) edge over Mike Souchak and $2,000 in Greensboro (N.C.) Open.
Montreal, out to sweep Stanley Cup final in four straight after outscoring Boston 1-0, 4-2 for 3-0 lead, ran smack-dab into red-hot Fleming Mackell and Goalie Don Simmons, who lifted Bruins to 2-0 victory at Boston, sending series into fifth game (see page 18).
St. Louis Kutis, who beat New York Hakoahs 3-0 two weeks earlier, outdribbled and out-booted rivals 3-1 in New York to win two-game total-goal series and National Challenge Cup. Next goal: National Amateur Cup, which Kutis won last year.
Jimmy Jacobs, nimble 26-year-old from Los Angeles, down 13-3 in final game, made use of greater speed and stamina to outhustle Brooklyn's 38-year-old Vic Hershkowitz 10-21, 21-15, 21-14 to become first in history to win third straight U.S. singles title, at Dallas. Doubles champions: Chicago's John Sloan and Phil Collins, who upset Jacobs and Hershkowitz 21-14, 12-21, 21-17.
Bernard Bukiet of Cleveland spoiled Erwin Klein's bid' for second straight double, upsetting Los Angeles youngster 21-17, 17-21, 21-11, 21-17 for men's title but Klein downed Norbert Van Dewalle to retain junior crown. Women's champion: Mrs. Leah Neuberger, for eighth time.
HONORED—Bobby Morrow, crew-topped Abilene Christian sprinter, hustling Olympic triple gold-medal winner in 100 meters, 200 meters, 400-meter relay, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Sportsman of the Year; among nine U.S. citizens named for first Awards to Great Living Americans, by Chamber of Commerce of U.S., for "achievement in sports...his character and sportsmanship"; at Washington, D.C.
MARRIED—Sandor Iharos, spindle-shanked Hungarian distance runner who has broken seven world records, still holds mark for two (8:33.4), three (13:14.2) and six miles (27:43.8); and dimpled Ilona Laczo, onetime Hungarian javelin champion; at Brussels, where both fled after last October's revolt.
INJURED—Jackie Westrope, 39, veteran jockey who topped nation's riders with 301 winners as downy-faced youngster of 15 (in 1933); suffered broken right leg when Double Up reared and flipped in starting gate at Bay Meadows.
DIED—Robert Morris Fryberger, 49, one of Dartmouth's all time hockey greats (in 1920s), enthusiastic booster of kid hockey (his Duluth teams won national Fee Wee titles in 1951, 1952), successful iron-ore producer; of head injuries, in auto crash, near Eveleth, Minn.