Yuri Stepanov, 6-foot 1-inch Russian high jumper who failed to make 1056 Soviet Olympic team, leaped 7 feet 1 inch at Leningrad to better Charley Dumas' world record by half inch, became second man in history to surpass 7-foot barrier (July 13).
Three world marks were established in 100-meter Honolulu salt-water tank during annual Keo Nakama swim meet: Nancy Ramey, perky, 17-year-old Seattleite, thrashed 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.5 (July 12); Australia's Dawn Fraser smashed own 100-yard freestyle mark, negotiating distance in 56.3 (July 12); Australia's sturdy Lorraine Crapp broke own 800-meter freestyle standard by more than 6 seconds with 10:24.3 clocking (July 12).
July 21, 1957
Luigi Musso of Italy gunned his 8-cylinder Ferrari to first place in Reims Grand Prix race at average speed of 123.3 mph for 314.7-mile course, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Jean Behra of France in a Maserati. World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, in second position with two laps remaining, inexplicably stopped his machine on turn leading to grandstand straight, got out, gave car blank look. He finished eighth.
Walt Hansgen, Westfield, N.J. sports car dealer, pushed his D-Jaguar hard all the way to win SCCA 48-mile feature race in 40:41 at Upper Marlboro, Md.
American League, with Manager Casey Stengel manipulating the forces, received stout pitching from Rookie Jim Bunning, Retread Billy Loes, survived scary ninth inning when Nationals scored thrice, to win 24th annual All-Star Game at St. Louis, 6-5.
St. Louis' league-leading Cardinals lost ground after All-Star break as hitting tailed off, dropping three games while winning one but remained in first by half game. Philadelphia, rising like rocket, rode its magnificent pitching to five victories, moved into second. Milwaukee won thrice, lost twice, fell to third, one game off pace. Dodgers won all three starts against Cincinnati and Milwaukee with fine pitching, clutch homers. Redlegs wound up week with 2-2 record, descended to fifth.
New York Yankees, getting ninth-inning pinch-hit, grand-slam home run from Scowling Moose Skowron, were able to increase their lead by half game over plucky White Sox. Yanks won three, lost two, including first loss in 14 games to Kansas City. Chicago, battling to stay up there, split four, floundered three games behind. Boston, two and three on week despite magnificent hitting of Ted Williams (5 homers, 10 hits in 15 trips), held third position.
Henri Salaun, Boston, replaced G. Diehl Mateer Jr., Philadelphia, in No. 1 position in annual national rankings of U.S. Squash Racquets Association. Salaun lost one match all year, that to Mateer, but defeated him twice. Other rankings: 2. Mateer; 3. Calvin MacCracken, Englewood, N.J.; 4. Benjamin Heckscher, Harvard University; 5. Harry B. Cotton, USAF, Buffalo. N.Y.
Cornell University's touring heavyweight eight stroked to easy one-and-a-half-length victory over Moto Guzzi Rowing Club of Mandello Del Lario, Italy in Grand Rights, major event of International Regatta at Lucerne, Switzerland. Rowing in borrowed shell, Cornell shot over 2,000-meter Rotsee Lake course in 6:04.2, three seconds slower than record.
George Bayer, shambling, 6-foot 5-inch, 240-pound, onetime Washington Redskin tackle, who had finished second in four tournaments this year, finally won a tournament (his first, win in three years on pro circuit), firing 13-under-par 271 to edge Bo Wininger by two strokes in $25,000 Canadian Open at Kitchener, Ont. Said Big George, generally regarded as longest hitter in the history of golf, "I just knew there was another one of those second-place finishes right behind me, but I wouldn't turn around and look at it."
Dedicate, Mrs. Jan Burke's top-weighted (124 pounds) 5 year-old bay son of Princequillo, overcame Lofty Peak in short Monmouth Park homestretch with two frugal whacks from Jockey Eddie Arcaro, to score three-and-a-half-length victory over Third Brother in mile-and-quarter, $113,500 Monmouth Handicap (see page 14).
Clem, with little Conn McCreary giving him splendid ride over slow Arlington Park strip, soundly defeated Derby winner Iron Liege, moving resolutely bet ween horses near sixteenth pole to gain length-and-three-quarters win in one-mile, $151,500 Arlington Classic. Said elated Trainer Bill Stephens: "He's on the improve" (see page 15).
Round Table, choice and delight of roaring crowd, became first 3-year-old to win $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup, toting mere 109 pounds, including Jockey Willie Shoemaker, to three-and-a-quarter-length triumph over onrushing Porterhouse in track-record-equaling time of 1:58[3/5] for mile-and-quarter route. Parabled Owner Travis M. Kerr, when asked why he ran colt on three successive Saturdays: "When I used to cut hay back home, we always tried to get it in the barn when the sun was shining" (see page 16).
Willie Vaughn, spindly-legged California middleweight, abandoned usual cautious style to assault Chebo Hernandez with violent flailings, was awarded TKO over bowed Mexican opponent by Referee Frank Sikora in seventh round of televised Chicago fight.
Franz Szuzina, blocky Bremen 160-pounder, dropped fourth-ranked Welterweight Virgil Akins in fourth with overhand right, withstood late rally to score upset in St. Louis.
Frank Carbo, boxing's hotel-room manipulator, was pinched by two detectives on steps of Miami's swank Fontainebleau Hotel on route to coffee-klatch with unidentified Washington promoter. Charged with not being able to give "a satisfactory account of himself," Carbo was released on $100 bond (see page 20).
BESPECTACLED—Yogi Berra, 32, hydrant-shaped New York Yankee catcher, reluctantly tried out eyeglasses in effort to boost bush batting average (.235); announced he would at first use them only for baiting practice and TV; at Kansas City.
DIED—The Aga Khan, His Highness Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, 79, spiritual and temporal leader of Ismaili sect of Moslems, owner of one of century's most extensive and successful Thoroughbred racing and breeding plants (see page 17); of heart attack, at Versoix, Switzerland.