Stirling Moss, icy-nerved British racing driver, throttled teardrop-shaped, British-built experimental MG back and forth across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats at record-roaring clip to set live speed marks for Class F cars (Aug. 24). His records: 245.64 mph for one kilometer; 245.11 mph for flying mile; 243.08 mph for five kilometers; 235.69 mph for five miles; 224.7 mph for 10 kilometers (see page 20).
Swim records, as vulnerable as pickpockets at a policemen's ball, continued to fall on both sides of ocean. Dutch teen-agers overhauled two world marks at Barcelona, where Atie Voorbij splashed 100-meter butterfly in 1:10 and Judith de Nijs covered 1,500-meter freestyle in 20:01.2 (Aug. 20). Three American long-course stands were broken when 17-year-old Lance Larson of El Monte, Calif. was clocked in 1:02.7 for 100-meter butterfly at Glendale (Aug. 19); Olympian Bill Yorzyk barreled 100-yard butterfly in 56.6 at Larchmont, N.Y. (Aug. 21); pretty 13-year-old Chris Von Saltza of Santa Clara pinwheeled 100-meter backstroke in 1:13.4 at San Francisco (Aug. 24).
September 1, 1957
Pitcher Bob Keegan, aging (36) right-hander, gave Chicago much-needed shot in arm, projected White Sox right smack into American League pennant fight. Keegan hurled 6-0 no-hitter against Washington (see page 17), came back five days later to beat Baltimore 6-2 on three-hitter and move streaking (six straight) Chicago to within four games of league-leading New York Yankees as two teams headed toward face-to-face battle.
Milwaukee, back on road after giving local burghers some second thoughts, began to stretch out National League again, taking two out of three from Brooklyn to forge 7½ games ahead of Dodgers and St. Louis.
English Channel, looking more like busy intersection than once unconquerable mass of rough water, got beaten again for the 90th or so time last week. Greta Anderson, Danish-born American housewife, paddled off with biggest prize—Challenge Trophy worth $2,940 and $1,400 in cash—after thrashing 22 miles through currents and tides from Cape Gris-Nez to Dover in 13:53 to stagger ashore ahead of Britain's Kenneth Wray in international mass swim. While Greta was beating her way westward, British Naval Commander Gerald Forsberg, 46, slipped into water at St. Margaret's Bay, thrashed his way eastward to Cape Gris-Nez in 13:33 to better record set two years ago by America's Florence Chadwick.
TRACK & FIELD
Russians showed up without Discus Thrower Nina Ponomareva, who pulled celebrated hat trick in England year ago, hardly needed her to overwhelm British in two-day meet at London's While City Stadium, scattering records hither and yon to win men's competition 119-93, women's events 73-40.
Vic Reinders, sharp-eyed U. of Wisconsin professor and newly elected president of Amateur Trapshooting Association, finished well behind Carmi Russell Crawford of Maywood, Ill. (see below) in Grand American Handicap but proved to be most consistent marksman in week-long blastfest at Vandalia, Ohio, breaking 961 of 1,000 targets for over-all title, 386 of 400 for all-round crown. Lela Hall Frank of Los Angeles, back on firing line after nine-year absence, was best over-all distaff shooter with 911 of 1,000. Amateur Clay Target championships went to Herb Bush of Canton, Ill. and Helen Thomas of Los Angeles, who also captured all-round title.
Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson bounced to his haunches briefly in second round, came back smartly and professionally to joggle plucky but amateurish Olympic Champion Pete Rademacher up and down like a Yo-yo (seven knockdowns in four rounds) until string snapped in sixth, when Referee Tommy Loughran counted out weary challenger in most unusual championship light of all at Seattle (see page 15).
Lightweight Champion Joe Brown, still seeking to make his crown pay off, may have found way in Chicago, where he hobbled seventh-round chance to knock out No. 10 Contender Joey Lopes, a 4-to-1 underdog, but managed to come away with 10-round over-the-weight draw and possible opponent for title bout. Offered Brown: "I'll fight him for the title if the money is right."
Sugar Ray Robinson, who gave Jim Norris all kinds of fits before he agreed to defend middleweight, title against Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio in Yankee Stadium, September 23, had another one ready for boxing's No. 1 monopolist: king-size beef over theater TV contract coupled with threat to walk out on fight. Cried Sugar Ray: "He's violated our contract. I've always had trouble with him and the IBC. The fights I have with Norris are tougher than the ones in the ring." Commissioner Julius Helfand told Robinson to fight or face loss of his title.
Willie Hartack, drawing bead on Eddie Arcaro's record of 40 stakes victories in single year, had his 32nd after booting 12-to-1 shot Jewel's Reward past. Arcaro and favored Alhambra in sprint for wire to win $144,550 Washington Park Futurity for 2-year-olds.
Reneged, Woodley Lane Farm's leggy 4-year-old bay colt, responded gamely to Bobby Ussery's stretch-whipping, drew out neatly when pressured to finish length ahead of Ricci Tavi, 2½ in front of comebacking Career Boy in $58,100 Saratoga Handicap.
Ken Venturi, cocky San Francisco auto dealer who deserted amateurs to play for pay, hit his second straight pot of gold, stroking consistent 267 to win rich Miller Open and $6,000 at Milwaukee.
DIED—Nels Stewart, 56, hell-on-skates hockey phenom for Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins and New York Americans from 1925 to 1940, known in trade as "Old Poison" for deadly shotmaking around cage holder of NHL lifetime scoring record (324) until overtaken by Maurice (Rocket) Richard in 1953; of heart attack, at Wasaga Beach, Ont.