George Breen, rangy Buffalo freestyler, stroked to new world record in rarely swum mile, bettering own mark by more than four seconds with 19:36.5 clocking at Cortland, N.Y. (July 25).
Jans Joster, 18-year-old Dutch swimmer, surpassed her own world standard for 1,500-meter freestyle at Hilversum, The Netherlands, negotiating distance in 20:3.1 (July 27).
Tom Courtney pounded through 800 meters over rain-softened track at Gaevle, Sweden in 1:46 (.3 off world record) to establish new American mark (July 26). Said Audun Boysen of Norway, who finished second to Courtney: "I'm sure Tom can do it in 1:44 if he wants. He runs like the wind and I haven't got a chance."
August 4, 1957
Galophone, William T. Maybury's 5-year-old trotter, with Robert Walker handling reins, stepped off two mile heats around half-mile oval in 4:03 for new world record at Cleveland's Grandview raceway (July 25).
Eddie Machen, second-ranked California heavyweight, punched bemused Bob Baker at will to win easy 10-round decision at Chicago but was not able to drop hapless opponent or show appreciable class (see page 23).
Alex Miteff, undefeated Argentine heavyweight (in 11 fights), pummeled onetime sparmate Julio Mederos about ring with gusto before referee stopped fight at end of sixth round in Washington, D.C. Bout was Hoodlum Frankie Carbo family picnic: Promoter Goldie Ahearn is man Frankie said he was going to visit in Miami when he was pinched by cops (E&D, July 22); Managers Willie (The Undertaker) Ketchum (Mederos), Hymie (The Mink) Wallman (Miteff) are well-known Carbo frontmen.
Tommy Bolt kept notorious temper in check, fired 12-under-par 276, including course-record-breaking 64 on first round, to win Eastern Open and $2,800 first prize at Baltimore's Mount Pleasant links. Bolt's victory secured him berth on Ryder Cup team along with Fred Hawkins, who finished four strokes behind.
Mickey Wright, lanky 22-year-old pro from Chula Vista, Calif., shot final-round 70 on Detroit's Lochmoor Club's 6,406-yard course, won $8,250 Wolverine Open with 72-total of 284, three strokes ahead of Wiffi Smith. Win brought Miss Wright's winnings to $9,016.10, tops on tour.
Find, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's 7-year-old bay gelding, demonstrated he could run long as well as short, withstood challenge of Eddie Schmidt in stretch to score head victory in $112,100 mile-and-five-furlong Sunset Handicap which closed Hollywood Park meeting. Said winning Jockey Ralph Neves: "Find sure is a tough old bird."
Manassas, 4-year-old son of Bull Run, astutely rated by Jockey Doug Dodson, made his move at top of stretch, won $125,400, mile-and-three-sixteenths Arlington Handicap by two lengths from favored Swoon's Son (see below). Victory was fifth straight on turf for John Zitnik's bay colt. Poly-Hi, 2-year-old daughter of Polynesian, ably ridden by Eric Guerin, was in front at every pole in winning co-featured $106,025, six-furlong Lassie by two lengths on final day of Arlington meeting (see page 56).
Romanita, Reverie Knoll Farm's mettlesome, 3-year-old filly, held off repeated runs on inside and outside in stretch as Jockey Jack Skelly tested her heart with his whip, took $59,700, mile-and-furlong Monmouth Oaks by a nose from Evening Time.
Green Bay Packers traded Passmaster Tobin Rote (who threw for 18 touchdowns in 1956), Defensive Halfback Val Joe Walker to Detroit Lions for Linemen Jim Salsbury, Oliver Spender, Norm Masters, Halfback Don McIlhenny. Rote provides quarterback insurance for 30-year-old Bobby Layne, who is afflicted with bum shoulder. Said Packer Coach Lisle Blackbourn: "We were desperately in need of offensive linemen. In order to get enough we had to sacrifice one of the finest quarterbacks in the business."
Milwaukee maintained slim first-place advantage in boisterous National League pennant race, leading St. Louis by half game, with 4-3 record for week. Cardinals rose from third, winning 4 of 6, including dandy one-hitter by Von McDaniel. Brooklyn skidded to third, 1½ games behind Milwaukee, by splitting six contests, while Philadelphia and Cincinnati tied for fourth position, 2½ games back of leader.
New York lost negligible ground to Chicago in American League, dropping four of seven to White Sox and Detroit, but. Chicago was unable to take advantage of Yankees' desultory ways, halving four-game series with Baltimore. Boston strengthened hold on third place, being four games up on Cleveland and Detroit (but 10 big games off pace) as Ted Williams hit .611.
Ashley Cooper, who will probably be No. 1 player on Australia's Davis Cup team, defeated Vic Seixas, still, alas, U.S.'s top Cup hope, 6-3, 7-9, 6-4, 7-5 for Pennsylvania championship at Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, thwarted Seixas' bid to be first man to win title eight times. In semifinal, Seixas took Australia's Neale Fraser in straight sets but his backhand failed him in windup.
Detroit Red Wings traded veteran Left-Winger Ted Lindsay, 32, All-Star Goalie Glenn Hall to Chicago Black Hawks for Johnny Wilson, left wing; Forbes Kennedy, center; Hank Bassen, goalie; Bill Preston, defenseman, in effort by Norris-owned Wings and Norris-owned Hawks to boost fortunes. Lindsay, however, bitterly assailed Wings General Manager Jack Adams for "criticizing me off club [trading me because of]...personal resentment."
MARRIED—Bob Backus, 30, Boston, world-record holder in 56-pound weight throw, and Elsa Torikka, 24, Finnish javelinist; at Helsinki.