Roy Leslie, 43-year-old Denver auto mechanic, hotrodded his home-made, triple-engined Wynns Friction-proofing Special at 270.479 mph in single run over Bonneville Salt Flats (Aug. 30), next day averaged 266.204 mph in two zooms over three-mile strip, fastest speed ever by American driver in American car.
Ashley Cooper and Neale Fraser, bright young Aussie power strokers, had their hands full before beating America's best, Vic Seixas and Ham Richardson, 6-3, 7-9, 10-8, 7-5, in semifinals but had easier time with aging Gardnar Mulloy (43) and Budge Patty (33) in final, coming back from uncertain first set to overwhelm weary oldsters 4-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-3 (see below) for National Doubles championship at Brookline, Mass. Women's crown went to Mrs. Margaret Osborne du-Pont and Louise Brough, who snuffed out Wimbledon Champions Althea Gibson and Darlene Hard, unbeaten in 37 straight matches and nine tournaments, 6-2, 7-5, for their twelfth title.
Hickory Smoke, driven smartly to front early by heady Johnny Simpson, held firm in face of determined stretch challenge by Hoot Song, high-stepped across finish line first by half length in $111,126 Ham-bletonian at Du Quoin, Ill. (see page 14).
September 8, 1957
Rory Calhoun, smart-punching young middleweight from White Plains, N.Y., who goes in for long-hair music, beat out jazz-time rhythm against fancy-stepping Joey Giambra, tom-tomming away with his powerful right to win 10-round decision and No. 4 spot in NBA rankings at San Francisco's Cow Palace.
Ralph Dupas, waging court fight to obtain white birth certificate in native New Orleans, where Louisiana segregation law forbids mixed athletic competition, shook off Johnny Busso's lunging power shots, outdanced and outslugged New York lightweight to take decision in 10-rounder at Miami Beach.
Sugar Ray Robinson, crafty businessman boxer who took on IBC's Jim Norris and New York Boxing Commission's Julius Helfand, ended his nine-day hassle over theater TV deal (see page 23), agreed to defend middleweight title against Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio, September 23 in Yankee Stadium after he was guaranteed $255,000 jackpot to go along with his 45% of gate, radio and movie rights. Sugar Ray headed back to Greenwood Lake training camp, allowed as how he "didn't want to disappoint Carmen."
Round Table, Oklahoma Oilman Travis M. Kerr's frisky-hoofed colt, coming fast and furiously since third-place finish in Kentucky Derby, had things his own way in $149,500 American Derby at Washington Park, leaving Iron Liege four lengths behind to win his seventh straight, beef up claim for 3-year-old honors. Clucked Jockey Willie Shoemaker: "He was full of run, so I let him run his own race."
King Ranch's Here and There, chestnut daughter of 1950 Derby Winner Middleground, carefully held out of action as 2-year-old by canny Trainer Max Hirsch, was ready to show for distance in $29,500 Alabama Stakes, nation's oldest stake for 3-year-old fillies, last week at Saratoga. Here and There responded nobly, charging up from deep in ruck to win and pay off at 16 to 1 but her glory was to be short-lived. Some 12 hours later, Here and There was dead, victim of fire which broke out in stable.
Seattle boats invaded Detroit for Silver Cup Regatta, came away with sweep of first three places. Hawaii Kai, with Jack Regas tromping down hard on throttle, thunderboated over Detroit River at ear-splitting clip to finish 1,000 feet ahead of runner-up Miss Thriftway in final 15-mile dash (after placing first and second in preliminaries), averaging record 105.168 mph for 45-mile test and piling up 1,000 points for first place. Miss Wahoo finished third.
New York Giants, in replay of last year's championship game, still had too much defense, too much offensive drive for Chicago Bears. With score tied at 17-17 in third quarter, Giants held firm on own 2-yard line, moved 98 yards on Quarterback Charlie Conerly's pinpoint passing to win 24-17 in exhibition at Dallas. Moaned Bear Coach Paddy Driscoll, of his porous linebackers: "Those guys were chasing rainbows all night."
U.S. Walker Cuppers, after taking 2-1 lead in opening matches, found themselves in dogfight on second day until scatter-stroking Billy Joe Patton, down five holes to British Amateur Champion Reid Jack at end of first 18, suddenly heated up his game. Rally brought Patton 1-up victory, triggered comeback for lagging teammates, who came through to win 8-3 at Minneapolis for 15th U.S. triumph in 16 tries.
New York Yankees came shuffling into Chicago with their American lead cut to mere 3½ games and White Sox riding high on six-game winning streak. Then came the three days that shook Chicago (see page 10). Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Whitey Ford helped Yankees find strength to sweep three straight 12-6, 5-4, 2-1, all but left White Sox for dead, a limping 6½ games off pace (later reduced to 5½ games) and almost within sight of third-place Boston Red Sox, who won five in row before bowing to Baltimore.
Milwaukee Braves got out of Philadelphia and New York in time to knock over their favorite sparring partners, Cincinnati Redlegs, paid little attention to sudden resurgence by Brooklyn Dodgers, who leapfrogged over St. Louis into second place in all-but-ended National League race. Philadelphia lost twice to Cincinnati but used last-place Pittsburgh to step over Brave-shocked Redlegs into fourth place.
HONORED—Don Carter of St. Louis and Mrs. Marion Ladewig of Grand Rapids, Mich., pin-tumbling champions of National All-Star tournament; named Bowlers of the Year, by Bowling Writers Association of America, at Milwaukee. It was sixth time for Mrs. Ladewig, third for Carter.