U.S. teen-agers churned up record-breaking swell at Houston, teamed up with Australia's Dawn Fraser and Lorraine Crapp to haul down 11 American marks in AAU championships (Aug. 13-16). Top record breaker was 13-year-old Chris Von Saltza of Santa Clara, who cracked three, winning 220-yard backstroke in 2:40.2 and clocking fastest time by American citizen, while trailing Miss Fraser, who won 110-yard freestyle in 1:03.9, and Miss Crapp, who took 440-yard freestyle in 5:08.5. Chris's records: 1:05.3 for 110 yards, 5:13.3 for 440 yards. Next best was 15-year-old Sylvia Ruuska of Berkeley, who thrashed 440-yard individual medley in 5:49.5 and 880-yard freestyle in 10:45.8. Other marks fell to Carin Cone, 17, of Ridgewood, N.J., 110-yard backstroke in 1:13.6; Nancy Ramey, 17, of Seattle, 110-yard butterfly in 1:11.3; Carolyn Murray, 15, of North Hollywood, mile freestyle in 22:13.9; Los Angeles AC's Sharon Kelley, Judy Primrose, Caryn Simonson and Molly Botkin, 440-yard freestyle relay in 4:36.
Japan's Takashi Ishimoto, silver medal winner at Melbourne, virtually flew through water, covered 110-meter butterfly in 1:01.6 for a new world standard at Tokyo (Aug. 17).
Bonneville Salt Flats got annual going over as Americans Phil Hill and David Ash and Briton Tom Wisdom took turns wheeling British Motor Corporation's experimental racing car, Ex-179, to nine world and 62 U.S. speed records in three days of throttle tromping (Aug. 13, 16, 17).
August 25, 1957
Milwaukee polished off skidding Cincinnati, pushing winning kick to 10 and lead over St. Louis, helpless in nine-game losing streak, to 8½ games. But Cards suddenly found renewed strength, took three out of four from Braves to chop Milwaukee edge to still safe but not nearly so comfortable 6 l/2 games. Brooklyn continued to rock along, 7½ games out of first place. Oddly enough, week's best ball was played by seventh-place Chicago Cubs, who won six in row, and New York Giants, who took six out of eight. Cincinnati had Manager Birdie Tebbetts tweeting sorrowfully after dropping six straight.
New York Yankees continued to roll toward American League pennant, cooling off Boston and Baltimore, while Chicago, after taking two from Cleveland, had all kinds of trouble in Detroit, slipped 7½ games off pace. Best fight was for fourth place with Tigers, Orioles and Indians slugging it out.
Jack Kramer, bossman of road show pros, turned teacher to find out what ails his most recent (and most expensive) acquisition, started lessons by knocking off Lew Hoad 6-3, 10-8 to help U.S. retain "world" professional title at Vittel, France.
Dick Savitt, semiretired amateur, left his executive desk to sweep through Eastern grass courts at South Orange, N.J., defeating Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 8-6 in final, but neither was on hand at Newport, where Australia's Mal Anderson outlasted Britain's Michael Davies 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 for title.
Gallant Man, Ralph Lowe's spunky little candidate for 3-year-old honors, had to get up and go when challenged by lightly regarded Bureaucracy in stretch duel, went far enough under Willie Shoemaker's firm urging (see below) to score by half length in 88th running of $44,000 Travers Stakes, nation's oldest stake race, at Saratoga. Explained Shoemaker: "He loafed quite a bit, and I had to shake him up twice in the stretch so he wouldn't dwell on me again."
Willie Hartack, in hot-riding streak (23 winners in week), got 6-to-1 shot Hasty Doll in front of pack when short-priced Poly Hi, winner of six straight stakes and leading 2-year-old filly money winner, proved to be reluctant, kept her there to win $103,325 Princess Pat Stakes at Washington Park.
Richard S. Nye, Greenwich, Conn. yachtsman, skillfully skippered his sleek 53-foot yawl Carina 605 stormy miles from Cowes to Fastnet Rock to Plymouth in four days 10 hours 32 minutes 24 seconds (corrected time: three days 10 hours 55 minutes 50 seconds) to win Challenge Cup, four other trophies.
Pat McMurtry, young eager-beaver heavyweight from Tacoma, Wash., found china spot on washed-up Bobo Olson's much-caressed jaw with whistling right, dropped comebacking ex-middleweight champion (now fighting as heavyweight) for full count in second round before 9,500 at Portland, Ore. Ninth-ranked McMurtry may soon be one to test Floyd Patterson, but best balding and paunchy Olson can hope for is resurgence of business at his Vancouver nightclub.
Trader Horn, inspired by stretch-whipping of crafty Billy Haughton, caught and passed fading Galophone, poured it on to win $25,000 American Trotting Championship before 50,336, biggest harness racing crowd ever, who poured record $2,388,674 into pari-mutuel machines at Roosevelt Raceway.
Detroit Lions, called "the worst team I've ever seen in training camp...a completely dead team" by suddenly resigned Coach Buddy Parker, put out for hastily appointed Coach George Wilson, beat Cleveland 20-10 in exhibition at Detroit. Other scores: Los Angeles 45, Washington 14; Baltimore 17, Philadelphia 10; Green Bay 24, Chicago Cards 16; Chicago Bears 24, Pittsburgh 7; San Francisco 24, New York 15.
INDUCTED—Maurice T. McLaughlin, who came out of California to blast his way to national singles title in 1912, 1913; R. Norris Williams II. titleholder in 1914, 1916; Mrs. Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, national women's champion in 1909, 1910, 1911, donor of Wightman Cup; Mary Kay Browne, three-time titlist in 1912, 1913, 1914; into National Tennis Hall of Fame, at Newport, R.I.
DIED—Albert (Chalky) Wright, 45, fun-loving, short-term featherweight champion (1941-1942) who mixed wine, women and gambling with his lighting; of accidental drowning, in bathtub, at Los Angeles.