Bob Gutowski, slight-shouldered but wiry-armed 22-year-old Occidental College vaulter who has been nudging college record higher and higher in recent weeks, soared 15 feet 8¼ inches (see page 28) in dual meet with Stanford at Palo Alto to break Cornelius (Dutch) Warmerdam's 15-year-old world mark by half inch (April 27).
Bill Sharpe, jittery-legged West Chester State Teachers athlete and U.S. record holder at 52 feet 1 inch, skittered 51 feet 7¾ inches in seldom-seen hop, step and jump at Penn Relays for new college standard (April 27).
Missouri's rapid-gaited John McIntyre, Karl Englund, Henry Wiebe and Charley Batch bustled back and forth with greatest of speed, bouncing over timbers in 58.4 for U.S. record in 480-yard shuttle hurdle relay at Drake Relays in Des Moines (April 27).
May 5, 1957
Margaret Edward, 18-year-old British bronze medal winner at Melbourne, back-stroked 220 yards up and down 55-yard salt water Derby Road Bath pool at Blackpool in 2:41.1 to set world long-course records for 200 meters and 220 yards (April 27).
Russian weightlifters huffed and puffed, stretched their bulging muscles to pair of world records in Soviet army championships at Lvov. Bantamweight Vladimir Stogov snatched 227.1 pounds to better American Charles Vinci's mark (April 26); Olympic Middleweight Champion Fyodor Bogdanovski hefted 935 pounds to crack own standard set at Melbourne (April 27).
Hogan (Kid) Bassey, slick-moving Nigerian, suckered bettors who made him 3-to-1 underdog, overwhelming game Miguel Berrios with superior firepower and greater ring savvy at Washington, D.C. to earn 12-round decision and crack at No. 1 Contender Cherif Hamia for vacant world featherweight title (see below).
IBC, on ropes in antitrust fight, got little hope from government, which asked for dissolution of Jim Norris' sprawling empire in proposed judgment filed in New York. IBC countered with offer to give up all exclusive contracts with champions, but final decision rests with Federal Judge Sylvester J. Ryan, who will hold hearing on proposals May 20.
Milwaukee Braves continued to set runaway pace in National League, adding home-run power (five by Joe Adcock, three by Henry Aaron) to top-drawer pitching in split with Chicago 9-4, 2-3, four straight over St. Louis 8-7, Cincinnati 9-2, 5 4, 3-2 for 9-1 record. Brooklyn stayed reasonably close until done in by Pittsburgh's Bob Purkey 7-1 and Bob Friend 3-0, trailed by two games at week's end.
Chicago held uneasy one-game lead in American League but were casting backward glances at onrushing Boston Red Sox, who ran off five in row before New York halted streak, and Yankees, who began getting long-range blasting from Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.
Jim Spalding, Louisville civil engineer whose pin-rattling set new all-events record of 2,088 on April 12, was handed title, $1,000, diamond gold belt buckle and trophy as 51-day ABC tournament ended at Fort Worth. Other champions: Bob Allen of Yonkers, N.Y., singles, with 729; Ronnie Jones and Joe Meszaros of Sterling, Ohio, doubles, with 1,369; Peter Hand's Reserve Beer of Chicago, open team title, with 3,126; Rea Cress of Junction City, Kans., booster team title, with 2,796.
Vassily Smyslov, 36-year-old Russian double-dome who failed in 1954 challenge, this time executed his carefully planned maneuvers with perception, won six games, drew 13 to dethrone countryman Mikhail Botvinnik 12½-9½ as world champion at Moscow (see page 31).
Pibe Carlitos, Argentine-bred 4-year-old colt in as late starter, came up with rush when urged by Ray York, stormed home first in $115,000 William P. Kyne Memorial Handicap at Bay Meadows for hefty 34 to 1 payoff.
Ned's Flying, bought for mere pittance ($50) eight years ago by Mrs. C. Paul Denckla of Berwyn, Pa., nimbly maintained his balance while two of six starters tumbled over jumps, held on to edge Gold Tar in last of Maryland's triple timber classics at Butler. Enthused Trainer William D. Thomas: "A greater thrill than winning the Kentucky Derby."
Bill Casper Jr., youthful Bonita, Calif. pro with bulging middle, boomed into lead in second round, stayed there with help of accurate putter to post 277 (for 72 holes) to win Kentucky Derby Open and $4,300 at Louisville.
Maryland's free-swinging huskies had their hands full with hard-checking Navy at Annapolis but edged Middies 5-4 on Bob Nolker's fourth-period goal to take giant step toward third straight college title.
St. Paul's School played part of rude host at Baltimore, stomping all over Sewanhaka H.S. 9-2 to put end to 91-game winning streak of Floral Park, L.I. school.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ron Delany and Charlie Jenkins pulled Villanova to breathless 3:12.7 mile relay victory over Texas, helped Wildcats to triumphs in sprint medley and distance medley at Penn Relays in Philadelphia (see page 28). Top individual performer: Indiana's muscular Greg Bell, who leaped 26 feet 1½ inches to win broad jump; took hundred in 9.7; anchored Hoosiers to second in 880, third in 440 behind Texas.
Bobby Morrow, Abilene Christian's speed-gifted thinclad, whipped up biggest storm at Drake Relays in Des Moines (see page 28) leaving Western Michigan's Ira Murchison six feet behind in 9.4 hundred and teaming up with Waymond Griggs, Bill Woodhouse and Jim Segrest to win 440 in 40.5, half-mile in 1:24.2. Added fillip: onetime Iowan Ted Wheeler overhauled Laszlo Tabori in stretch, outkicked Hungarian in 4:06.9 mile.
Walt Hansgen, 34-year-old Westfield, N.J. sports car dealer, pushed Briggs Cunningham's powerful 3.8-liter D-Jaguar at 75.41 mph average to win 15-mile feature at spanking new Lime Rock, Conn. 1½-mile track (see page 44) but not before daring young (21) newcomer Bruce Kessler of Beverly Hills, in smaller and more maneuverable 2-liter Ferrari Testa Rossa, gave him exciting tussle.
DIED—Billy Woods, 18, fast-scooting Water-bury, Vt. skier, national junior and senior champion in 1956, recently named to U.S. Alpine team for world championships in Austria next winter, one of America's brightest Olympic hopes, in auto crash, at Colbyville, Vt.
DIED—Lou Brero Sr., 52, stocky Arcata, Calif. lumber dealer, hard-driving auto racer who wheeled home fourth at Sebring this year; of severe burns, after borrowed Maserati-Chevrolet caught fire during Hawaii Speed Week race, at Honolulu.