Jim Brewer, determined young North Phoenix H.S. senior pole vaulter who has been rewriting interscholastic record book this spring, sent track buffs into tizzy with latest effort, barely quivering bar as he soared 15 feet ‚⅛ inch (see below), best ever for schoolboy, in final high school meet at home field (May 17).
Jan Sikorsky, redheaded Ramsey H.S. husky from Mt. Pleasant, Pa. who warms up arm by chopping down trees in cemetery, heaved javelin 222 feet 10¾ inches to bring down Bob Peoples' 20-year-old high school standard in Western Pennsylvania championships at Pittsburgh (May 18). Untrained Sikorsky, who also has mouths of football scouts watering, explained his style: "I just watch other boys throw this thing and make it up as I go along."
Occidental's Larry Wray, Tod White, Dave Reisbord and Ty Hadley hustled through seldom-run 4-mile relay in 16:53.6 for new U.S. college mark at Los Angeles (May 18).
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George Hearn of Lower Merion H.S. bounced over 120-yard high hurdles in 13.9 in state meet at Upper Darby, Pa. for new U.S. schoolboy record (May 18).
Diane Leather, 23-year-old London chemist who was first of her sex to run 5-minute mile, stretched her long legs once again, raced 1,500 meters in 4:30, fastest time for woman, at Hornchurch, Essex (May 16).
Lenie de Nijs, whippet-armed Dutch teen-ager, got back into world-record swim in meet against British at Blackpool, pinwheeling 220-yard backstroke in 2:38.5 (May 17).
Bold Ruler, togged out in blinkers by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons and given his head by crafty Eddie Arcaro, had too much run for Iron Liege, barreled home by two lengths in $113,800 Preakness at Pimlico (see page 34).
U.S. Davis Cuppers, bent on getting another shot at Australia, had easy time with British West Indies in American Zone elimination as Veteran Vic Seixas and Newcomers Bernard Bartzen and Grant Golden teamed up for 5-0 sweep at Port of Spain.
TRACK & FIELD
Kansas piled up 10 firsts, one by ailing (with sore throat after removal of two wisdom teeth) Wilt Chamberlain, flown in from Lawrence in time to win high jump with 6-foot 5-inch leap ("I don't jump with my throat"), and 160 points for Big Seven title at Lincoln, Neb. Other champions: USC, in PCC at Eugene, Ore.; LSU, in Southeastern Conference at Birmingham; Yale, in Heptagonal Games at New Haven.
Dave Sime, busy most of spring banging out base hits for Duke ball team, sprinted 100 in 9.3 to equal world record, added respectable 20.4 in 220 in North Carolina AAU games at Raleigh.
Middleweights, imbued with desire to relieve Sugar Ray Robinson of his newly regained crown, were busy on assorted fronts last week:
At Oakland, Calif., handsome Joey Giambra left-hooked Chico Vejar at will, had him hanging on ropes when referee stopped fight in seventh (see below);
At Chicago, gangling Bobby Boyd, once pride and joy of IBC's Chicago store, had his hands full with Willie Vaughn before eking out 10-round split decision;
At Cleveland, reformed toughie Joey Giardello got good going over in closing rounds after holding off Rory Calhoun in early stages, but judges outvoted referee, handed Giardello split decision in 10-rounder;
At Portland, Ore., Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio, weighing in at 152, threw his gloves into middleweight sweepstakes, using flabby Harold (Baby Face) Jones as punching bag to win by TKO in fourth.
Cus D'Amato, still slugging away in effort to bring down dragonesque IBC (also sued for $9 million in New York Federal Court by Boston's Sam Silverman, who charged IBC and six officials with "monopolizing championship fights"), revealed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson will defend title for Promoter Emil Lence (see page 25). Most likely opponent is Hurricane Jackson, whose manager, Lippe Breidbart, immediately asked for $250,000 guarantee, but Hurricane's demand was more realistic: "Be sure they promise to give me a new English bicycle." Another possibility is Willie Pastrano, handled by Whitey Esneault, who bristled when D'Amato indicated financial terms were secondary: "Terms are firstendary."
Chicago's clutch hitting and fine pitching helped run winning streak to seven and American League lead to 'two games. New York Yankees, having their troubles on and off field (see page 42), picked selves off floor at week's end to halt 5-game Cleveland winning streak, made ready for face-to-face battle with White Sox. Detroit Tigers were on prowl, won four in row to move into fourth spot.
Cincinnati, slugging away with usual fervor and continuing to get top-drawer hurling, made hay at expense of New York and Pittsburgh, got further assist from same two teams to open National League bulge over Milwaukee to two games. Brooklyn was three games off pace and only one ahead of Philadelphia despite good performances from former Bonus Baby Sandy Koufax, who struck out 13 to beat Chicago 3-2, Don Drysdale, Clem Labine and Don Newcombe.
Juan Manuel Fangio, steady Argentine throttle master, cruised into lead when crack-up sidelined Britain's Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins, skillfully maneuvered his Maserati 205 miles through Monaco's narrow streets at average 64.68 mph to win Monaco Grand Prix.
Carroll Shelby, leadfooted Texan, zoomed around damp mountain-top course at 70.4 mph in Maserati 300s to set new meet record in sports car feature at Cumberland, Md.
DIED—Keith Andrews, 36, Colorado Springs garage owner, veteran dirt track and midget auto racer; when Kurtis-Kraft he was testing for Italy's Giuseppe Farina went out of control and crashed, at Indianapolis.
DIED—James Dickinson (Dick) Irvin, 64, shrewd and sometimes cantankerous hockey strategist, longtime NHL coach for Toronto, Montreal and Chicago who missed Stanley Cup playoffs (he won three with Montreal, one with Toronto) only twice in 27 years: after long illness, at Montreal. A realist, Irvin once defined hockey as game "of meanness and bitterness where there is no such thing as a friendly relationship."