Tom Courtney, power-running Olympic 800-meter champion, whipped international field in 1,000-meter run at Goteborg, Sweden in 2:19.3—.3 off world mark, best time ever recorded by American (July 4).
Takashi Ishimoto, doll-faced Japanese Olympic silver medalist, swam 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.3 at Tokyo to create new world's record (July 7).
July 14, 1957
Arthur D'Arcy (Bobby) Locke, bay-windowed, 39-year-old South African professional, arched high approach shot over depression known as Valley of Sin to within 30 inches of pin on 72nd hole, holed out for birdie 3, 279 total for fourth victory in British Open at St. Andrews (see page 14). Cary Middlecoff, who finished 14th, due in main to faulty putting, advised future American aspirants to British title to "get themselves a nice, big, hard, bumpy green and pitch the little British ball to it a few thousand times and putt till they drop."
Paul Harney, 27-year-old, long-hitting Bolton, Mass. professional, fired two-under-par 70 on final round for 72-hole total of 278 to beat George Bayer by one stroke, win $29,000 Labatt's Open at Montreal.
Bob Finney, Colorado Springs veteran, gunned his low-slung American Builders Special up hazardous 12.5-mile gravel road to summit of Pikes Peak in record 14:11.07 to win 35th annual hill climb.
Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine old master, flashed around 4.1-mile Rouen circuit in factory-entered 2.5-liter Maserati at record-breaking 100.5 mph to win French Grand Prix ahead of three Ferraris.
Carina, 53-foot yawl owned and skippered by Richard S. Nye of Greenwich, Conn., was proclaimed winner of 3,000-mile Newport, R.I.-Santander, Spain ocean race after time handicaps of other competing craft ran out. Carina made occasionally tempestuous transatlantic voyage in 19 days, 13:28:47.5 (18 days, 2:13:47.5 corrected time), more than 27 hours faster than Criollo, Luis Vida√±a's 67-foot yawl, which tied up at Santander first but had no handicap.
New York Yankees, continuing their inexorable progress, won seven of eight games with renovated Whitey Ford taking two in relief; this despite only three hits by Mickey Mantle (No. 1,000 included), who did more walking than Johnny Appleseed. Second-place Chicago could not keep up, fell 2½ games behind. Boston advanced to third, displacing Cleveland, which dropped six of eight, skidded to fourth.
St. Louis, in third place as week started, won eight of nine, including four-game sweep from Cincinnati to advance into first place, a comfortable two and a half games in front, though pitching staff completed only two games. Redlegs went into first momentarily then, despite their 11 home runs, receded to third, three and a half games behind, as Milwaukee, in first at first, fell to second. Hank Aaron kept up torrid home-run pace, getting four more for weekend total of 27, just two behind Mantle's 1956 pace. Phillies continued to surprise, taking six of seven games, including three out of four from slumping Dodgers, to rise from fifth to third.
Cornell University's heavyweight eight protected slender advantage against repeated Yale challenges over most of course on choppy Thames, spurted in final 50 yards for half-length victory in Royal Henley Regatta's Grand Challenge Cup race. Time for mile-and-550-yard course was 6:53 against strong head wind, 23 seconds slower than record established by Cornell while defeating Russia in semi finals (see page 16).
Other Henley results: Princeton, Thames Challenge Cup, in 7:19; Stuart MacKenzie, Australia, Diamond Sculls, in 8:25; Iuri Tiukalov, Alexandre Berkoutov, Russia, double sculls in 7:41; Russia, fours without cox, in 7:35.
Larry Baker, 3-to-1 underdog to No. 2-ranked Welterweight Gaspar Ortega, kept favorite on ropes for most of fight, scored nicely with chopping blows, looping right hooks to win split decision at Miami Beach. Two-point penalty meted out to Ortega by Referee Kddie Coachman for foul punches secured victory. Explained Coachman: "He [Ortega] hit him low in four rounds and I had to do something."
Lew Hoad, Australia's big hitter, who had played moody, listless tennis most of Wimbledon fortnight, showed his finest game on center court to overwhelm Davis Cup Teammate Ashley Cooper 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in just 55 minutes for All-England championship, briefest final since 1936 when Fred Perry defeated lame Gottfried von Cramm. Hoad, playing with borrowed racket for one and a half sets, dropped his service only twice in taking his second straight title (see page 12).
Althea Gibson, rangy New York Negro, became first of race to win Wimbledon singles title, routing Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2 with steady display of powerful, kicking service, sharp ground strokes, tigerish net game which forced Miss Hard into rash of errors. Crowed Althea: "At last! At last!"
Traffic Judge, 5-year-old chestnut son of Alibhai-Traffic Court, who supports 28 owners, left congestion on rail in stretch to sneak through leaders under Jockey Eddie Arcaro's nifty right-handed whipping for head victory over Lofty Peak in mile-and-quarter, $85,550 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park (see below). Win brought Judge's earnings to $432,650 plus announcement that he would retire to stud.
Find, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's 7-year-old campaigner, went to front early beneath Jockey Ralph Neves' bat. in 102° heat at Hollywood Park, courageously withstood runs of five other horses to score one-and-a-quarter-length victory over Hoop Band in mile-and-eighth, $55,550 American Handicap. Race marked 19th time in last 20 stakes starts that Find has gotten slice of purse.
Swoon's Son, carrying top impost of 130 pounds, including Jockey Dave Erb, rushed to fore at eighth pole for easy three-length win over Fabius in $54,750 Warren Wright Memorial Handicap at Arlington Park. E. Gay Drake's 4-year-old bay colt covered seven-furlong course in track record 1:21 3/5.
Died—Adolfo Luque, 66, long-time (1914-35), Cuban-born National League pitcher (Boston, Cincinnati, Brooklyn, New York), pre-eminent curve-baller with 194-179 lifetime record, later Giant coach, minor league manager; of heart attack, at Havana.