Tom Courtney, power-legged old Fordham Ram who spent most of winter in futile chase of lithe Arnie Sowell, found fresh air more to his liking, slam-banged home well ahead of longtime rival to set world record of 1:46.8 for half mile in Coliseum Relays at Los Angeles (see page 14). Listed world relay marks also took another battering from rapid-gaited Texas quartet of Wally Wilson, Hollis Gainey, Eddie Southern and Bobby Whilden, who sprinted 440 in 40 flat and, with Jo Frank Daugherty subbing for Wilson, hustled through 880 in 1:23.9. Occidental's Tod White, Dave Reisbord, Larry Wray and Ty Hadley shattered still another standard, jack-rabbiting to sizzling 7:22.7 in 2-mile relay (May 24).
Russíans peeked out from behind Iron Curtain long enough to announce three more world records had been bettered by Soviet athletes. At Leningrad, durable Albert Ivanov plodded through 30,000 meters in 1:33.33 (May 20); at Lvov, Featherweight Evgeni Minayev lifted 253.53 pounds in two-hand press, and Lightweight Ruvil Khabotdinov hefted 280½ pounds, prodding Radio Moscow to boast: "In the history of weight lifting, there has not as yet been a sportsman who approached such a high standard" (May 24).
June 2, 1957
Tony DeMarco, free-swinging ex-welterweight champion, found few openings in crouching Walter Byars' turtlelike defense, so switched to fearsome body attack to bang out 10-round split decision before 8,305 who paid $30,398 to watch non-TV bout at Boston.
Kenny Lane, canny Jack Kearns's No. 1 lightweight contender, confounded Henry (Toothpick) Brown with southpaw stance, sneaked over looping right to knock out befuddled rival in sixth at Detroit (see below). Wailed Brown: "He was always coming at me from the wrong side."
IBC lawyers fought desperately to save Jim Norris' empire, but first big crack appeared when Emil Lence, bantam dress manufacturer, broke up IBC monopoly on heavyweight title fights by signing Floyd Patterson to defend against Hurricane Jackson in New York's Polo Grounds during week of July 29 (see page 64). IBC also got rumble from Paris, where Cherif Hamia and Hogan Bassey agreed to meet for featherweight crown next month.
TRACK & FIELD
Australia's Merv Lincoln broke out of pack in last 200 yards, flashed tremendous kick to overhaul Britain's Brian Hewson, Hungary's Laszlo Tabori and Britain's Derek Ibbotson in 4:01 in Miracle Mile featuring quartet of sub-four-minute milers at Los Angeles (see page 14). Queried on failure to break four minutes, Lincoln patiently explained: "[it is] a superhuman effort, not something like buttering a piece of bread." Next night, caravan moved up to Modesto, where Ibbotson outlegged Lincoln in 4:06.4.
Johns Hopkins, down 5-1 at end of first quarter, turned loose Attackmen John Jory, Billy Morrill and Mickey Webster to gain tie at half time, battled through two bruising overtime periods to 11-11 tie with unbeaten Mount Washington before 8,000 at Baltimore, added share of national open title to college crown it won from Maryland week earlier.
Acting Captain Vic Seixas, chagrined by Grant Golden's unexpected defeat at hands of Venezuela's Iyo Pimental, took matters into his own hands, disposed of Ricardo Lopez 6-1, 6-0, 6-4, Pimental 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, teamed up with Bernard Bartzen (who also won last singles) to down same pair in doubles, giving U.S. Davis Cuppers 4-1 victory at Caracas.
Willie Shoemaker, back in saddle after 15-day suspension, made no mistakes this time, staying down on Social Climber (who earned buss from Owner Elizabeth Lunn) all way to win $116,800 Californian at Hollywood Park.
Ch. Fircot L'Ballerine of Maryland, white-fluffed English-bred miniature poodle, outstrutted 2,547 dogs of assorted breeds, pranced off with best-in-show in Morris & Essex Kennel Club competition at Madison, N.J.
Chicago caught New York with defenses down, shocked Yankees twice 3-1, 8-4, but had less luck in Cleveland where Indians earned split in four-game series. Despite Indian standoff and Yankee display of power to win three out of four from Washington, White Sox held three-game lead in American League. Boston climbed all over seventh-place Baltimore to move into first division when Detroit went into tailspin.
Brooklyn, back in cozy Ebbets Field, began to flex little-used muscles against St. Louis and league-leading Cincinnati, finished week by winning two out of three from New York to take second place (two games behind Redlegs) in National League from slumping Milwaukee Braves, who reached low point in Sunday double-header, losing to Chicago 7-5, 5-4 as Cub Rookie Dick Drott struck out 15. Philadelphia found Pittsburgh easy pickings, zoomed to within one game of Braves.
PCC, at long-awaited mooting, voted 5-4 to continue ban on UCLA (which barely escaped expulsion by single vote—its own) and USC football seniors, acceded to northern schools in refusal to amend round-robin schedule. Decisions drew loud blast from alumni groups, full-scale drive to urge UCLA, USC and California to withdraw from conference.
HONORED—Russell Stanley (Rusty) Callow, 66, onetime timber faller who came out of forests of Washington's Mason County to win fame as nation's No. 1 crew coach; by old friends, at five-day Mason County Forest Festival, in Shelton, Wash. Callow brought Washington three IRA titles in four years (1923-1926), moved on to Penn, where his boats ranged up and down sirupy Schuylkill ("too thick to drink and too thin to plow") for 23 years (1927-1949), finally scored greatest triumph at Navy, when his shells won 31 straight, including Olympic crown in 1952.
DIED—Maurice McCarthy Jr., 50, outstanding amateur golfer, national intercollegiate champion in 1928, Walker Cupper in 1932; after operation for intestinal obstruction, at Chicago. McCarthy earned place in record books by going 10 extra holes to beat George Von Elm in second round of 1930 National Amateur.