Bob Backus whale-size former Tufts muscleman, put all his 245 pounds into rhythmical motion, hauled and whirled ball and triangle 45 feet 2 inches to break own world record for 56-pound-weight throw by one foot in NYAC games at Travers Island (June 8).
Elias Gilbert, Winston-Salem Teachers timber topper, scissored over obstacles on even terms with Lee Calhoun (who earlier beat him in 120-yard high hurdles), pulled away in stretch to win in 22.8, bettering U.S. mark for 220-yard low hurdles around curve in NAIA championships at San Diego (June 8).
June 16, 1957
National League race developed into five-team affair as Cincinnati began to falter ever so little, Brooklyn and St. Louis perked up, Philadelphia and Milwaukee held their own. Redlegs dropped two out of three to surprising Phillies, dipped out and back into lead after four-game split with Dodgers. Cards were biggest surprise, winning six straight from Pirates and Giants to move within game of first division. At week's end, Cincinnati led Dodgers and Phillies by 1½ games, Milwaukee by 2½, St. Louis by 3½.
Chicago, perched neatly at top of American League standings, got sudden comeuppance from sixth-place Baltimore Orioles, who beat White Sox three out of four. Aroused New York Yankees swept three in row from Cleveland, managed to salvage one of three in Detroit after lapsing into old habits but, thanks to Orioles, trailed leaders by only 4½ games as Tigers stepped up to challenge Indians for third place.
Gene Fullmer, ex-middleweight boss who hasn't had time to forget slashing left hook he took from Sugar Ray Robinson, decided caution was better part of valor, back-pedaled his way to 10-round decision over frustrated Ralph (Tiger) Jones at Chicago.
Rodger Ward, heavy-footed Los Angeles driver, fell short of Pat Flaherty's record, but his 97.74-mph average and 1:01:21.39 clocking was good enough to win Rex Mays 100-mile big car race at Milwaukee.
TRACK & FIELD
Villanova's Ron Delany, running in usual just-fast-enough-to-win style, warmed up for NCAA meet by chicken-stepping mile in 4:05.4, came back 45 minutes later to outkick World Record Holder Tom Courtney in 1:48.4 half mile at Houston for fastest double ever.
Don Bowden, owlish-eyed U. of California string-bean, whose astounding 3:58.7 mile earned him flying trip to New York and long-forgotten 16-year old AAU trophy donated by late Colonel Hans Lagerloef for first American to break four minutes, hustled back home in time to duel with Arnie Sowell in half mile, prancing across finish line in 1:49.2 at California AAU meet in Bakersfield. Australia's Merv Lincoln picked up third mile victory in four U.S. starts, scooting past Laszlo Tabori and Bobby Seaman to win in 4:04.4.
Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow maintained stranglehold on NAIA sprint titles, jetting out of starting blocks to breeze home ahead of East Tennessee State Freshman Ollan Cassell in 100 at 9.5 and winning 220 from Cassell in 21.1 for third straight double, but Occidental, bolstered by Bob Gutowski's 14-foot 7-inch pole vault and 46-foot 11½-inch hop, step and jump, took team title at San Diego.
Traffic Judge, pinned back in ruck in opening quarter, was taken to outside by able Eddie Arcaro (see page 14,), who used all his craftiness to loop field and bring Owner Lou P. Doherty's straining 5-year-old home in front in $62,700 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. Arcaro also helped patience pay off for Miss Eleonora Sears, who waited three long years for winning dividend on $75,000 nod which brought her Tudorka, half-brother of famed stallion Tulyar, at Saratoga yearling sales (SI, Aug. 23, 1954). In fourth start, Tudorka was rushed to front by Arcaro, stayed there long enough to win first race and $2,730 purse.
Crepello, Sir Victor Sassoon's sturdy 3-year-old, rocketed out of pack at head of stretch under urging of Jockey Lester Piggott to beat American-owned (by Philadelphia's John McShain) Ballymoss by 1‚Öì lengths in 178th English Derby for second leg (the first: 2,000 Guineas) on England's triple crown as 300,000 holidaying Britons looked on at Epsom. Two days later, Piggott was back in money again, booting Queen Elizabeth's lightly regarded Carrozza to win worth $45,360 in Epsom Oaks (see page 26).
Industrialist Edward P. Taylor's Lyford Cay had things his own way in colorful $40,000 Queen's Plate at Toronto's New Woodbine track, romping to 12-length victory over stablemate Chopadette and setting Canadian record of 2:02 3/5 for 1¼ miles.
Henri De Lamaze, methodical-stroking Frenchman who all but owns French Amateur crown, got tussle from USAF Colonel Ken Smith until jet pilot's putting touch deserted him, went on to win 7 and 6 at Chantilly, for his fourth straight and eighth title in last 11 years.
HONORED—Jack Roosevelt (Jackie) Robinson, first Negro major leaguer, once-agile Brooklyn Dodger who unnerved many a National League pitcher with his clutch hitting and derring-do on base paths until he retired last January after sale to New York Giants, now portly business executive; by Howard U., with honorary Doctor of Laws degree, at. Washington, D.C.
SUSPENDED—Harvie Ward, personable two-time National Amateur champion (1955, 1956); for one year by USGA for "accepting unauthorized tournament expenses" from Employer Eddie Lowery, at Golf, Ill. Ward, who loses chance for third straight National Amateur title but will play in U.S. Open as "applicant for amateur reinstatement," was dejected at news but hardly surprised: "That's their job, I guess...to police boys like me."
DIED—Jacob A. (Jake) Mintz, colorful boxing figure who co-managed Ezzard Charles to heavyweight title, mahatma of malapropism (after fainting in mid-ring when Charles beat Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight crown, Jake explained: "I fell in a transom"); of coronary occlusion, at Pittsburgh.
DIED—Paul Bernard Krichell. 74, longtime (37 years) master scout whose eagle-eyed bird-dogging sniffed out host of stars (among them: Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Leo Durocher, Red Rolfe, Charlie Keller, Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Byrne, Whitey Ford), helped keep New York Yankees atop American League heap; after long illness, in New York.