Californians had good reason for superman gleams in their eyes after big track weekend counted off four U.S. records. Greatest achievement was turned in by U. of California's lanky Don Bowden, who hustled from exam room at Berkeley to starting line at Stockton and didn't stop until he completed eyebrow-lifting 3:58.7 mile (June 1) to become first American to break 4 minutes (see page 28). At Compton, USC's squatty Max Truex showed plenty of speed to go along with his durability while clocking 13:35.7 for 3 miles, 14:04.2 for 5,000 meters (May 31) to better own pending marks. At Berkeley, schoolboy shotputters hopped and heaved to pair of scholastic standards. Pasadena's lean Clark Branson sent 12-pound shot hurtling 64 feet¾ inches, and Mount Carmel's husky Mike McKeever muscled 16-pound ball 53 feet 4¾ inches (June 1).
Hungary's Gyorgy Tumpek churned up record-breaking swell in Budapest pool, came away with world mark of 1:03.4 for 100-meter butterfly (May 27).
Russian weight lifters continued assault on world standards, latest one falling to Olympic Middle Heavyweight Champion Arkadi Vorobiev, who jerked 315.26 pounds at Lvov to surpass own record (May 27).
June 9, 1957
TRACK & FIELD
Australia's Merv Lincoln, whirling assuredly around Ramsaur Stadium oval, outkicked Bobby Seaman, Laszlo Tabori and Tom Courtney, taking first crack at mile, in 4:05 at Compton, Calif. Meet's best time: Milt Campbell's listed world-record-tying 13.4 in 120-yard high hurdles; biggest shocker: Bobby Morrow's eyelash defeat, by Willie White of Harbor Junior College in 100 in 9.4 (see below).
Sam Snead, playing like a man possessed when leader Doug Ford's brilliant game suddenly collapsed on final holes of fifth round, shot pressure 67 to boost total to plus 41 points (players gain or lose one point for each stroke in matching medal score against others in foursome) for victory in adding-machine Palm Beach Round Robin at New Rochelle. Lady golfers had similar tournament at Virginia Beach, Fay Crocker winning Triangle Round Robin with 51 points.
Philadelphia, off on winning binge at expense of West Coast-dreaming New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers (who slipped all the way to fourth, behind Milwaukee) gave National League standings topsyturvy look, trailed slugging Cincinnati by mere two games at end of long Decoration Day weekend. Chicago White Sox kept go-going to take five-game edge over New York Yankees, who had no end of troubles with tailenders Washington and Baltimore, giving American League surprising look, too (see page 16).
Yankee front office pondered famous Copacabana birthday party fracas of fortnight ago (SI, May 27) in light of team's doldrums since then (won 9, lost 10), slapped fines of $1,000 each on Outfielders Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle, Pitchers Whitey Ford, Johnny Kucks, Catcher Yogi Berra, Infielder Billy Martin, birthday boy. Surprised Manager Casey Stengel blurted: "I don't care to comment. The club fined them...What I thought wouldn't make any difference."
Harold Johnson, impassive Philadelphia light heavyweight whose once-blossoming career was nipped in bud by doped orange, returned to TV with new manager and potent right, lowering boom on Clarence Hinnant in first round before reported 250 at IBC-rented St. Nick's in New York.
Archie Moore, peripatetic light heavyweight champion who is keeping busy until someone meets his demands for $100,000 to defend title, checked in at svelte (for him) 187 as he toyed with Belgian Heavyweight Champion Alain Cherville long enough to work up sweat before knocking him out in sixth at Stuttgart.
Italy's Juventus, who recently paid $154,000 to England's Leeds United for John Charles, continued money-jangling raid on world's best soccer players, forking over record $250,000 to Argentina's River Plate team for bushy-haired Enrique Omar Sivori, flashy 21-year-old right insider who also pocketed $50,000 as his share of deal. In England, anxious soccer bosses made piddling bid to keep restless stars in line, raising maximum wages to $47 weekly for winter, $33 for summer, also agreed to pay extra for TV matches.
Gallant Man, reunited with impatient Willie Shoemaker, had better luck this time, drawing out in final furlong to win $28,150 Peter Pan Handicap at refurbished Belmont Park, indicated he may be hard to beat in upcoming Belmont Stakes.
Third Brother, Christopher T. Chenery's energetic-striding 4-year-old, got up full head of steam under Angel Valenzuela's urging, stretch-drove to 4-length victory over Calumet's favored Bardstown in closing-day $33,600 Camden Handicap at Garden State.
Cain Hoy Stable's Lucky Dip, backed down to 9 to 1 by uncertain bettors, started badly but recovered neatly and firmly in time to lead charge to wire in $35,300 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park.
Sam Hanks. 42-year-old leadfoot from Pacific Palisades, Calif., roared his yellow Belond Exhaust Special around Brickyard at 135.601 mp average to win Indianapolis "500," wiped away victory tears to receive grimy-cheeked buss from Actress Cyd Charisse and share of $103,844 in prize money (see page 34)
ELECTED—Frank Pace Jr., former Secretary of the Army and Director of the Budget, recently elected president of General Dynamics, weekend golfer who shoots in 70s; president of International Golf Association (to succeed late founder, John Jay Hopkins), in New York.
DIED—Saul Camp, 65, onetime South Carolina farmer who parlayed potatoes, cotton, cattle and fast harness horses (Scott Frost, Prince Jay, Diamond Hal) into $20 million empire at Shafter, Calif.; while undergoing surgery for brain tumor, at Santa Monica.
DIED—John Patrick (Johnny) Kilbane, 68, Cleveland toughie who came off ore docks to beat Abe Attell for featherweight title (in 1912), held it until beaten by Eugene Criqui in 1923; of cancer, at Cleveland. Winner of 138 of 142 fights in 16 years and noted for dexterity and speed afoot, Kilbane once said: "Anybody who can be hit can be whipped. I was hit four times—and defeated four times."