Adios Harry, J. Howard Lyons' stylish 6-year-old brown pacer, stepped quickly across track from outside position to lead all the way in free-for-all pace at Roosevelt Raceway, captured $5,000 first prize to outstrip Trotter Pronto Don as biggest money winner in harness horse history by running career total to $334,510 (Sept. 7).
Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, Japanese distance swimmer who collected two silver medals at Melbourne Olympics, sawed through 800-meter freestyle in 9:25.5 at ntercollegiate championship in Tokyo, smashed Ford Konno's six-year-old world mark by over five seconds (Sept. 6).
Takashi Ishimoto, silver medalist for Japan at Melbourne, captured 100-meter butterfly title in same meet with world-record clocking of 1:01.2, bettered Al Wiggins' former mark by .3 second (Sept. 8).
September 15, 1957
Malcolm Anderson, lanky 22-year-old Australian' though unheralded, unseeded, upset Dick Savitt, Sven Davidson on way to finals, then stunned top-seeded countryman Ashley Cooper in straight sets, 10-8, 7-5, 6-4, to win U.S. singles championship, add even brighter luster to Aussie tennis picture (see page 45).
Althea Gibson, 30-year-old Wimbledon champion from Harlem, reached self-styled "crescendo" in crushing Dorothy Knode in semifinal, turned on old rival Louise Brough in final round, 6-3, 6-2, to capture women's singles title.
Gene Fullmer, Utah's bull-rushing former middleweight champion, keynoted Fullmer Family Night before home-town crowd in West Jordan, national TV gathering, by pressing in, punching out 10-round decision over once-flashy Chico Vejar. On same card middleweight brother Don finished his opponent with KO in first round while welterweight brother Jay completed hat trick with second-round knockout. Victorious elder brother Gene looked forward eagerly to IBC-"promised" bout with winner of Basilio-Robinson title match on Sept. 23.
Off-again-on-again heavyweight fight between quick-handed, quick-legged Willie Pastrano and Roy Harris, Cut and Shoot, Texas schoolteacher, set back once previously due to Pastrano eye injury, received indefinite postponement this time when Texan claimed cut, infected eye.
Mexican Boxing Commission, upon urging of California board, cracked down on Los Angeles' badly tarnished Golden Boy-briber Art Aragon, who had been plying boxing trade south of the border, forbade him further bouts in Mexico. Aragon, getting one last fight in under the wire, took a 10-round decision from Alfredo Cota before a disappointing crowd of 2,500.
New York Yankees, playing without injured Mickey Mantle, staggered unimpressively toward American League pennant by splitting eight games as Chicago White Sox, seemingly resigned to second-place fate, won three, lost three, remained 5½ games back. Boston Red Sox had fine week, winning six of seven games, rengthening hold on third.
Milwaukee Braves won three straight from lowly Chicago Cubs, then blew four of five, saw first-place lead shaved to 5½ games over determined St. Louis. Warren Spahn, Braves mound ace, won 41st shutout of career, most ever recorded by National League left-hander.
Eddie Arcaro, saddlesmithing for first time ever at Del Mar, gave Rubin Jelks' Old Pueblo furious encouragement through stretch to win by length and half over Disdainful in $64,680 Del Mar Futurity. Straining victory established the brown colt as Coast's top 2-year-old (gee page 37).
Willie Hartack, bearing down hard on Arcaro's record of 40 stake wins, moved one closer by guiding Jaclyn Stable's Li'l Fella to winner's circle in $35,650 World's Playground Stakes at Atlantic City. Said grinning Willie, who is now seven behind Arcaro's record: "He took quite a while to reach his best stride, but then he started to move."
Ralph Lowe, owner of brilliant 3-year-old Gallant Man, announced that his colt will enter Laurel International on November 11, thus setting up possible showdown with Travis Kerr's Round Table, another likely entrant.
TRACK & FIELD
Yuri Stepanov, Russia's world record holding high jumper, won "battle of the built-up shoes" by out-leaping countryman Igor Kashkarov, America's Ernie Shelton, with height of 6 feet 11½ inches at U. of Paris Games. Shelton wore special homemade "bear trap" device on take-off shoe but could do no better than 6 feet 6 inches for third place behind Kashkarov. Other U.S. losers at the games were Olympian Ira Murchison, who lost 100-, 200-meter dashes to Germany's Manfred Germar; 15-foot Pole Vaulter Jerry Welbourne, upset by Poland's Zenon Wazny, who cleared 14 feet 5½ inches; Lang Stanley, who finished well back of Germany's Guenther Lawrenz in 800-meter final.
Stirling Moss. Britain's youthful, balding daredevil, pushed his Vanwall through Monza track's tightly banked curves, gave Argentina's Juan Fangio in Maserati decisive beating in 28th Grand Prix of Italy race. Moss, averaging 120.009 mph over the 310.15-mile distance, defeated Fangio for second straight time, won second place in world rankings with total of 25 points. Argentinian, who had already clinched world title, finished with season total of 40.
TURNED PROFESSIONAL—Rev. Robert Eugene Richards, 31-year-old headmaster of world's pole vaulters who has twice won Olympic title, cleared 15 feet over 100 times, three times won national decathlon championship, for years been one of track's great showmen: by taking position as sports director of Union Oil Company of California. Said the Flying Parson, who for years has been working with high school athletes on the moral and spiritual values in athletics, will now host network sports show: "This will be simply a continual ion via television of what I have been doing."
BORN—To Archie Moore, 40ish, fattening light heavyweight champion, and wife Joan, their first child, 5-pound 9-ounce Lorena Marie, in San Diego. Ageless Archie had previously asked for two weeks postponement of title fight slated for Sept. 20 with Tony Anthony, pleading difficulties surrounding wife's confinement.
DIED—Dr. Leach Cross (born Louis Wallach), famed 71-year-old former lightweight boxer and dentist who fought the best of his day but never captured division title through career that included 150 bouts between 1906 and 1921; in Brooklyn, N.Y.