Bob Gutowski, skinny 6-footer from Occidental, moved ever closer to magic 16-foot pole vault, soaring over bar at 15 feet 9¾ inches for new world record in NCAA meet at Austin, Texas, where college marks also fell to Abilene Christian's swift Bobby Morrow, who clocked 9.3 in heat to equal world record for 100; Fresno State's Ancel Robinson, who also matched world standard of 22.2 in 220-yard low hurdles; California's Don Bowden, 880 winner in 1:47.2; Iowa's Charley Jones, who hustled two miles in 8:57.6; Pacific Lutheran's John Fromm, who hurled javelin 248 feet 1 inch (June 15). But when dust settled, Villanova's Jumbo Jim Elliott had team title safely tucked away, thanks to Ron Delany's 4:06.5 mile and second place behind Bowden in 880 (see page 45).
St. Francis Prep's Ed Kennedy, Joe Davis, Frank Hegarty and Dan Rorke ran two-mile relay in 7:53.7 for new U.S. high school mark in New York (June 15).
Russian campaign to accentuate its athletic prowess received boost from heavy-legged Maria Itkina, who set sights on world 400-meter record, hauled down same with :54 clocking at Minsk (June 10).
June 23, 1957
Gallant Man, Texas Oilman Ralph Lowe's mighty little Irish colt who chased home Iron Liege and Bold Ruler in Kentucky Derby and Wood Memorial, made sure of $113,350 Belmont Stakes (see page 52), running Inside Tract and Bold Ruler into ground as he Streaked 1½ miles in 2:26[3/5] for new U.S. mark (June 15).
Llangollen Farm's 6-year-old Porterhouse, dawdling along nine lengths off pace at half-mile pole, suddenly took off under urging of veteran Johnny Longden, hot-hoofed down stretch like runaway locomotive to new world record of 1:02[2/5] for seldom-run 5½ furlongs in $23,350 Hollywood Express Handicap at Hollywood Park. His reward: customary squeeze and buss from Owner Mrs. Richard Lunn (June 13).
Roy Harris, strapping heavyweight schoolteacher from Cut and Shoot, Texas, let shifty fourth-ranking Willie Pastrano dance to his heart's content, slowing him up with left hooks and right-hand leads to take 10-round decision at Houston (see page 21).
Tony Anthony, No. 1-ranked light, heavyweight, hardly looked the part against Yvon Durelle, lightly regarded French-Canadian fisherman, retreating and counterpunching listlessly, was lucky to come away with draw in 10-rounder at Detroit. Next day, procrastinating and still-pudgy Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore blew in from Germany to meet with IBC boss Jim Norris, talked about defending crown against Sugar Ray Robinson or Durelle, paid almost no attention to NBA suspension or threat by World Committee on Professional Boxing to vacate title unless he meets Anthony by August 30.
Raul (Raton) Macias, bouncy little NBA bantamweight champion, came back from first-round knockdown to batter Dommy Ursua, had challenger helpless when referee halted fight in 11th before 12,224 who poured $86,310 into till at San Francisco.
Dick Mayer, journeyman pro from St. Petersburg who had never won major tournament, made his first a big one after Cary Middlecoff's two 68s on final day caught him at 282 to throw U.S. Open at Toledo into 18-hole playoff. Stroking methodically and cautiously under pressure while weary Middlecoff faltered, Maver shot 72 to win by seven strokes, complained happily, "It made a nervous wreck of me," as he reached for $7,200 winner's prize (see page 8).
Louise Suggs, wiry Sea Island, Ga. veteran, went into final round three strokes down to Wiffi Smith and relaxed because "I figured I didn't have a chance." proceeded to work magic with irons and putter for 68 to win Ladies PGA title with 285 at Pittsburgh.
Yale's Olympic-tested sweepstrokers perked along at steady 29 beat, picked it up to 31 near finish to leave Harvard seven lengths behind and complete sweep of river at New London, Conn. in 92nd renewal of nation's oldest college event, made ready to take off for London and Henley Royal Regatta (see page 19).
Terry Sawchuk, agile-handed goalie who jumped Boston last December, claiming he was "too sick and nervous" to play, was dealt back to Detroit, where he starred for five years. Clucked Sawchuk: "I'm very happy to be back home."
Major league races began to heat up in week marked by brawls (see page 24), trades, slumps and streaks. Faltering Brooklyn provided impetus for change in National League, dropping six out of eight to Milwaukee and St. Louis to help boost Braves, who also beat Philadelphia three times and pulled off trade of week by sending Pitcher Ray Crone, Infielder Danny O'Connell, Outfielder Bobby Thomson to New York Giants for Second Baseman Red Schoendienst, into first place. Cards had eight-game winning streak snapped by Phillies but bounced back at expense of Dodgers (who slipped all way to fifth) to move within 1½ games of Milwaukee. Cincinnati had more troubles than anyone, dropping four straight to Pittsburgh and two out of three to New York to sink to third.
New York Yankees found tempers trigger-hot in Chicago, won two out of three from league-leading White Sox but literally had to light way out of town before moving to friendlier atmosphere in Kansas City, where they took three straight and obliged by trading Infielder Billy Martin, Pitcher Ralph Terry, Outfielders Bob Martyn and Woody Held to Athletics for Outfielder Harry Simpson and two players sent to minors. White Sox bounced back against Washington to lead Yankees by 3½ games but began to worry about streaking Detroit Tigers, who won five in row from Baltimore and Boston to take over third place.
Pitcher George Sterling set Penn State down with three hits, drove in only run with triple to give California 1-0 victory and NCAA title in double-elimination tournament at Omaha (see page 38).
A. B. Hancock's Bayou, stretch-running with verve and determination, lugged Willie Hartack to his 23rd stakes victory of year in $51,425 Delaware Oaks, first of Delaware Park's "Distaff Big Three" races.
ELECTED—Julius Helfand, dapper New York Boxing Commissioner whose racket-busting tactics brought monopoly-minded Managers Guild to heel; president of World Committee on Professional Boxing (which also readmitted NBA to membership), at Paris.