Marjorie Larney, strong-armed New Yorker, set her sights high, zoomed javelin 173 feet 7 inches to spear new U.S. record in intercity AAU meet at Philadelphia (May 5).
Vitezslav Svozil, the free-wheeling Czech, bounced through 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.7, fastest ever for 50-meter pool, at Piestany, Czechoslovakia (May 1).
Tellarian, lightly regarded 4-year-old gelding, zipped mile and 70 yards in 1:38[4/5] to win $29,700 Valley Forge Handicap by three lengths at Garden State, easily lopped fifth of second off Swaps' world record (May 4).
May 12, 1957
Iron Liege, carrying Calumet's colors alone when stablemate Gen. Duke turned up with sore hoof, took command in stretch, held off Gallant Man to win 83rd Kentucky Derby by nose in photo finish (see page 12).
Lori-El made first stakes win big one with decisive 4-length victory in $42,350 Kentucky Oaks (filly equivalent of Derby) at Churchill Downs.
Sugar Ray Robinson, no great shakes as song-and-dance man, proved to be first-class magician, pulling electrifying left hook out of once-bulging bag of tricks to catch bullnecked Gene Fullmer flush on chin in fifth for clean knockout to win middleweight title for fourth time at Chicago (see page 24).
Unbeaten Heavyweights Eddie Machen and Roy Harris extended their streaks but neither gave barnstorming Champion Floyd Patterson cause for concern. Machen shook up jaded ex-Light-Heavyweight Champion Joey Maxim for 10 rounds to win decision at Louisville for his 21st straight (see page 59); Harris, Li'l Abner-type from Cut and Shoot, Texas, climbed off canvas to take 10-round split decision from lethargic Bob Baker at Houston for 20th in row.
Archie Moore, fat and flabby at 206½ pounds and about to get still another ultimatum (to defend light-heavyweight title against Tony Anthony by July 7) from NBA, carved up Hans Kalbfell, German butcher boy, in 10-rounder at Essen. Puffed pudgy Archie: "Look at me, man. I'm 30 pounds overweight. Who wants to see me in a title fight in this shape?"
New York Yankees, in unaccustomed third place as week began, finally acted like world champions, running off six straight, climaxed by three-game sweep of Chicago, 3-2, 4-2, 3-0, to move into first and drop early-running White Sox (see page 37) out of lead for first time this season.
Milwaukee Braves, aided by Henry Aaron's blazing bat, sandwiched three straight extra-inning victories between two shutout losses before beating off Brooklyn challenge with 10-7 win to remain two games ahead of Dodgers. Cincinnati Redlegs, who can beat everyone but Braves, started rolling with seven in row and moved from sixth to third, 3½ games out.
Roberto De Vicenzo, happy-go-lucky Argentine, slogged over water-logged course to win Colonial Invitation with 284 at Fort Worth. Chirped Roberto: "My cheeping and putting deed it."
Bermuda Race Week got off to swift start but muddled down amid protests and bad weather as homebred skippers sailed off with duffel bag full of awards, including Amorita Cup and Aberfeldy Trophy at Hamilton. Notable exceptions: George O'Day of Marion, Mass. (aboard Victor Sheronas' Rush IV) and Ernest Fay (in Sabre), who tied for Edward Prince of Wales Trophy; Orienta Yacht Club's Warner Willcox, winner of King Edward VII Gold Cup.
Yale's Olympic champions got past first big test, beating Penn and Columbia for Blackwell Cup at Derby, Conn. but may get even sterner competition from experienced Cornell, which retained Goes Trophy at Syracuse, and eager Princeton, who overtook Harvard for Compton Cup at Cambridge, Mass.
Peter McFarland, bull-in-china-shop left-winger, put Manchester United's Goalie Ray Wood out of action (with fractured cheekbone) in early-game collision, made things nearly as miserable for Sub Danny Blanchflower by booting home two goals to give Aston Villa 2-1 victory and unprecedented seventh English Soccer Cup before 100,000 at London's Wembley Stadium.
DIED—John Jay Hopkins, 63, energetic but limelight-dodging millionaire industrialist, board chairman of General Dynamics Corp. (builder of Nautilus, world's first nuclear-powered submarine), ardent golf buff, founder of International Golf Association ("nations which play together, work together and don't fight each other"), sponsor of Canada Cup which attracted players from 29 countries in 1956, winner of Metropolitan (N.Y.) Golf Writers Association's 1957 Gold Tee Award for "contributions to sport"; of cancer, at Washington, D.C.
DIED—Myra Doremus Patterson, 84, "merry little soul" who pioneered golf handicapping for women, three-time (1903, 1904, 1906) North-South champion, expert trapshooter, horsewoman; at Haverford, Pa.