Torpid, Max Hochberg's smooth-gaited paper, swirled around Yonkers (N.Y.) Raceway's double oval in front of Johnny Simpson's expert handling, outlegged Adios Express by one length to win $66,952 William H. Cane Stake in 2:09 1/5 for mile and sixteenth, set new world mark for 3-year-old pacers on half-mile track (June 27) (see page 29).
New York Yankees, putting squeeze on scrambling, second-place Chicago White Sox, ran off four straight wins against Kansas City "cousins" after dropping two of three to Cleveland, to lead American League by one game. Sixth-place Baltimore Orioles (see page 7) caught fire with four straight shutouts from valiant pitching staff, and stout stickwork by recent acquisition Jim Busby, won six of seven during week to pull within three games of first division.
Milwaukee Braves won six straight over Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, took first place from St. Louis but were pursued hotly in five-team race by Cincinnati, which closed week with four straight victories over Philadelphia. Sixth-place New York Giants continued winning ways, pulled to within three games of fourth-place Brooklyn.
July 7, 1957
Jim Bryan, tough, sturdy speed lover from Phoenix, Ariz, slammed his white Kuzma through Monza, Italy track's treacherous banked curves at average speed of 160 mph for 500 miles, led three-car U.S. sweep of Europe's first Indianapolis-type race (see page 53).
Betsy Rawls, 29-year-old University of Texas Phi Beta Kappa from Spartanburg, S.C., shot four steady rounds, made her 299 stand up to capture her third U.S. Women's Open title at Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, N.Y., won first prize of $1,800. Apparent winner, rotund, jovial Jackie Pung, was disqualified for turning in incorrect score on fourth hole of final round (see page 54). Mrs. Pung, heartbroken by tragic error, received some measure of balm in $2,400 raised on spot by sympathetic friends.
Doug Ford, swarthy, 34-year-old leading pro money winner from Yonkers, N.Y., holed out 8-foot pressure putt for birdie on 72nd, went on to bring down Billy Maxwell, Gene Littler on first hole, George Boyar on third hole of sudden-death playoff after quartet had tied at 279, pocketed $5,000 Western Open title at Detroit.
Rex Baxter Jr., hefty and somber Walker Cup player from U. of Houston, trailed 2 down after 21 holes of 36-hole final, came back to beat hot-shooting Ward Wettlaufer of Hamilton College, 4 and 2, capture National Collegiate individual crown after Houston had won team title, at Colorado Springs (see page 57).
Al Watrous, 58-year-old U.S. Senior champ, gave superb display of chipping, putting, routed Britain's John Burton, 8 and 6 in 36-hole match, won unofficial world senior title at Glasgow.
Harrier, German-built keel boat, sailed by her designer Ray Hunt, made turn at Chesapeake Lightship, hoisted spinnaker, hurtled downwind to Newport, R.I., captured first place in fleet, as well as Class-C honors, in Annapolis to Newport race in corrected time of 47:19:08. George R. Hinman in Bonne Amie took second while Carleton Mitchell's center-boarder Finisterre (see page 27) had to settle for third place in over-all rating.
Johnny Busso, lightly regarded 23-year-old New Yorker, surprised sixth-ranking lightweight contender, Larry Boardman, with first-, third-round knockdowns, went on to win 10 round slugging match by unanimous decision before wee gathering of 422 boxing bugs, network TV cameras in Boston. Following tradition, Busso called immediately for title shot at Lightweight Champion Joe Brown.
International Boxing Club (James D. Norris, pres.) faced with court-ordered dissolution for monopolistic practices, strove frantically to extend waning life (see page 26), announced that limber-legged, hard-headed Sugar Ray Robinson would defend middleweight crown against Welterweight Champ Carmen Basilio at New York ball park in September. News took play away from official signing by Promoter Emil Lence of Floyd Patterson, Hurricane Jackson for heavyweight title bout in New York's Polo Grounds, July 29. Jackson showed up for signing in Hawaiian sports shirt, scarlet head band, warned ominously: "Now it's different. This time it's for the championship."
Princess Turia, Calumet Farm's 4-year-old daughter of Heliopolis, got well-paced ride from Willie Hartack, covered mile and a quarter in slow 2:05, edged favored Pucker Up, 17 other fillies and mares by half length in $164,625 Delaware Handicap at Stanton, established herself as nation's leading filly.
Iron Liege, Calumet's Kentucky Derby winner, in prep for $100,000 Arlington Classic, July 13, came roaring up from far back under Jockey Dave Erb's heavy urging, captured $22,050 Laurance Armour Memorial at Chicago's Arlington Park in first start since sidelined by minor leg injury last May.
Mrs. Gene Markey's Calumet Farm, with stake victories at Delaware, Arlington Park, pushed season's turf winnings to lush $950,000, has good chance to top own alltime mark of $1,402,436 set in 1947.
RETIREMENT ANNOUNCED—Daniel J. Ferris, 68, since 1927 secretary-treasurer, chief administrator of National AAU, nation's largest sports organization, whose zeal in enforcing amateurism in sports has put him in unjustified disfavor with American sports public on many occasions, notably in case of Miler Wes Santee who fought amateur disqualification by AAU in court; to be submitted next November, in New York.
DIED—Evan Biddle Shipman, 53, longtime columnist for turfdom's bible, The Morning Telegraph, leading authority on harness, Thoroughbred racing, breeding; poet, author (Free For All), educated at Groton School, University of Louvain, Sorbonne, lived in France from 1922 to 1930 where he was European correspondent for American Horse Breeder, close friend of Novelist Ernest Hemingway; of intestinal ailment, in New York.