AAU championships, last big meet of outdoor season, produced three American records as most of nation's track talent scurried around Dayton High School field (see page 18). Glenn Davis, nimble-legged Ohio State junior, skimmed over fences with greatest of ease, uncorking burst of speed at finish to cover 440-yard hurdles in 50.9; Canadian Doug Kyle had too much endurance for his rivals, stepping oil six-mile grind in 29:22.8; Iowa's Charlie (Deacon) Jones hauled himself over obstacles to win two-mile steeplechase in 9:49.6 (June 21-22).
Lightweight Champion Joe Brown, matched punch for punch by left-sticking Orlando Zulueta, suddenly found Cuban on floor in 13th and again in 15th, when Referee Ray Keech stopped title fight with 21 seconds left before sparse (3,000) gathering at Denver. Explained Zulueta: "There was something in my eye, I had to wink, then he hit me with a right."
Rory Calhoun, promising young middleweight belter, turned able boxer to give favored (6 to 5) Joey Giambra good going over, but best he could get from officials, who split vote three ways, was draw in 10-rounder at Syracuse.
June 30, 1957
Bobo Olson, rocked into oblivion by Sugar Ray Robinson but in need of ready cash to help support his various and sundry families, checked in at overstuffed 187 pounds for comeback, mixed it up with another over-the-hill ex-champion, Joey Maxim, for 10 cautious rounds before getting split decision at Portland, Ore.
Welterweight Vince Martinez, Manager Bill Daly's most reluctant tiger, backpedaled, counterpunched and starred in reverse version of chase as bustling Former Champion Kid Gavilan tried earnestly to catch up, but piled up enough points to win 10-round decision at Jersey City.
Cornell's hard-working senior oarsmen, who have made happy habit of winning IRA regatta, had few anxious moments when spirited Penn crew made serious challenge, but picked up beat to send shell slashing through choppy Onondaga Lake to 1½-length triumph at Syracuse (see page 16).
British Jaguars made news at Le Mans, sweeping first four places. Victory went to car piloted by Ivor Bueb and Ron Flockhart, who covered 2,830 miles in 24 hours at average speed of 113.8 mph (see page 21). Class winners: up to 750 cc, Lotus; up to 1,100 cc, Lotus; up to 1,500 cc, Porsche; up to 2,000 cc, Ferrari; up to 3,000 cc, Aston Martin. Index of performance prize: won by British 744 cc. Lotus, driven by Cliff Allison and Keith Hall.
Walt Hansgen, white-helmeted New Jersey sports-car dealer, booted one of Briggs Cunningham's D Jaguars around slippery Road America course at Elkhart Lake, Wis. with assurance in light rain to win 150-mile SCCA feature with record speed of 82.759 mph.
TRACK & FIELD
Reggie Pearman, aging (33) Pioneer Club diehard who began winning titles when most of his rivals were still in knee pants, kicked up his heels to win 440 in 46.4, his best time ever and new meet record, at AAU championships in Dayton (see page 18). Among other winners: Australia's Merv Lincoln, who patiently threaded his way through traffic-heavy field to easily outkick U.S. Milers Bob Seaman and Don Bowden in 4:06.1; Tom Courtney, who had still another go at Arnie Sowell, winning 880 by four yards in 1:50.1.
Billy Steinkraus won special Olympic course event with Night Owl, who went on to become champion jumper at Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn. Spanish Mint, 9-year-old gelding owned by Mrs. J. Dean Rucker and ridden by Jack Payne, took Conformation Hunter Stake and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Challenge Trophy.
Willamette, off at 23 to 1, put away favored Bayou in head-to-head duel, gave out with final surge to take first money for happy Owner Christopher T. Chenery in $70,450 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies over fishhook-shaped course at Belmont.
Alfred G. Vanderbilt's ever-running 7-year-old, Find, never once feeling age, ran down fading Bobby Brocato on backstretch, poured it on in run for wire to win $53,250 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Willie Hartack, pushing hard for Eddie Arcaro's record of 40 stakes winners, got Princess Turia home by nose in $37,400 New Castle Stakes, second of Delaware Park's "Distaff Big Three" series, now has 25 tucked away in his bulging duffel bag.
New York Yankees, back home and fresh out of rhubarbs, began to show pennant-winning muscles as pint-sized Pitcher Bobby Shantz proved to be best buy since Indians sold Manhattan to Dutch, cooling off Detroit and Chicago during 10-game winning streak which carried them to top of American League. After taking three from Detroit, red-hot Yanks beat down Chicago in three more before losing second game of double-header, stood proudly but precariously ½ game ahead of slow-slow White Sox. Boston also was on move, ripping off six straight over Cleveland and Kansas City, were within breath of fourth-place Tigers.
National League race continued "Who's on first?" routine, and this time it was St. Louis on top after another tingling week. Cards made time against Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, winning five out of seven to hold one-game edge over Milwaukee and Cincinnati, 2½ over Philadelphia and 3½ over worried Dodgers, who began casting uneasy backward glances at onrushing New York Giants, bustling along with two out of three in Milwaukee and three out of four in Chicago.
ELECTED—John Hay (Jock) Whitney, U.S. Ambassador to Court of St. James's, long known to British turf enthusiasts as prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder (Greentree Stable); honorary member of The Jockey Club, in London.
CONVICTED—Frank (Blinky) Palermo, finagling and much-harried fight manager without portfolio in most states, onetime convict, longtime hobnobber with boxing's mobsters; on charge of failing to pay 1953 and 1954 income taxes when due, at Philadelphia.
DIED—Thomas Albert Dwight (Tad) Jones, 70, one of Yale's legendary football immortals, both as All-America quarterback (1907) and able coach (1916, 1920-1927); of cancer, at New Haven (see page 23).