George Breen, muscular Buffalo, N.Y. distance swimmer, played beat the clock in impressive style, paddling up and down Yale's 50-meter pool at terrific clip to set world record of 19:22 for mile, along way picked up American marks of 11:55.9 for 1,000 meters and 10:52.6 for 1,000 yards (Sept. 14).
Japan's Takashi Ishimoto, who has made world 100-meter butterfly standard his personal prize, broke it for ninth time since June when he covered distance in 1:01 at Kochi (Sept. 14).
Hank Vogel of Webster, N.Y. and Ray Lynn of Philadelphia bounced to world speedboat, records in New Martinsville (W. Va.) Regatta over windswept Ohio River. Vogel gunned his flame-red My Sin III at 80.573 mph in 225 hydro class; Lynn skipped Alley-Cat at 73.952 mph in 280 hydro class (Sept. 15).
U.S. water-skippers swirled off with five titles, piled up 581 points for team crown in world water-ski tournament at Florida's Cypress Gardens. Crew-topped Joe Cash of Sarasota took men's slalom, finished second to Teammate Joe Mueller of McQueeny, Texas in jumping to carry off men's over-all title while artful Mike Amsbury of Orange, Calif. was best in trick riding and pretty Nancy Rideout of Orlando soared 73 feet to lead women jumpers.
Round Table, Oilman Travis Kerr's contender for 3-year-old honors, gave Easterners glimpse of what Californians have been raving about, gamely outlasting Tudor Era and Find to push his nose in front at wire in spine-tingling $100,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City (see page 18).
Bold Ruler, returning to his trade for first time since Belmont Stakes, snuggled back into 3-year-old picture with pair of eye openers at Belmont. Wheatley Stable's frisky colt never looked better as he began week by stepping off six furlongs in 1:10 1/5 to win $15,000 Times Square Handicap, ended it by hoofing mile in 1:35 to take $29,000 Jerome Handicap. Explained Jockey Eddie Arcaro: "He's a different colt. He has lost all those goofy habits and takes off just when you ask him."
Ballymoss, Philadelphia Building Contractor John McShain's Irish-bred chestnut, took charge¼ mile from home, stayed in front to win St. Leger Stakes, world's oldest race, at Doncaster, England.
Needles, mean but talented Florida-bred colt who had Thoroughbred world in hip pocket as 2-year-old and 3-year-old but has been ailing since he won at Gulfstream last April 6, has been retired, will live out his old age at stud, possibly ruminating on 1956 victories in Flamingo, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Belmont and $600,355 he earned for Owners Jack Dudley and Bonnie Heath.
Adios Express, sidewheeling under full head of steam, left heavily favored but tiring Torpid, beaten for first time as 3-year-old after 17 straight, to wage futile fight with Silk Byrd for third, went on to win $18,400 Brown Jug Trial at Detroit. Despite defeat, Torpid still was pacer to beat in Little Brown Jug.
Diamond Hal, spunky, California-bred 6-year-old, sneaked along rail when Adios Harry, Dottie's Pick and Duane Hanover drifted wide on last turn, responded resolutely to crafty little Joe O'Brien's whipping to take $25,000 National Pacing Derby for second time at Roosevelt Raceway.
Hillman Robbins Jr., slender 25-year-old Air Force lieutenant from Memphis, perked up his game as Dr. Frank (Bud) Taylor, 40-year-old dentist from Pomona, Calif. who had staged remarkable comeback on morning round, slowly but surely wearied, put his 30-year-old putter to work for 5-and-4 victory and national amateur title at Brookline, Mass. (see page 19).
Heavyweight contenders by the gloveful got in their licks last week but Champion Floyd Patterson's crown seemed more secure than ever. Second-ranking Zora Folley, using injured right hand sparingly, left-jabbed to 10-round victory over one Monroe Ratliff at Phoenix; fourth-ranked Willie Pastrano, jiggling and stabbing nimbly, pitched shutout against outclassed George Peyton until referee stopped fight in eighth at Miami Beach; eighth-ranked Alex Miteff, latest to get buildup, almost lost his ranking when forgetful Johnny Holman tagged him in sixth, but Holman remembered in time, was counted out while resting on one knee in ninth at Denver; Harold Johnson, No. 1-ranked light heavyweight, moved up to meet Heavyweight Wayne Bethea, easily outboxed his scrambling rival in drab 10-rounder at Philadelphia.
Vince Martinez, at best no tiger but seemingly back in good graces of IBC (along with Manager Bill Daly), jabbed and ran until he opened up gash near right eye of hustling Larry Baker in eighth, got savage right which sent him wobbling for his trouble, but won by TKO when Referee Sonny Weissman refused to permit Baker to come out for ninth at Chicago.
Milwaukee Braves, sputtering badly, watched once comfortable lead shrink to 2½ games as surging St. Louis Cards took advantage of every misstep to pull ever closer. Hitting tailed off to whisper as Braves split pair with Pittsburgh, dropped two out of three to Brooklyn, lost single to Philadelphia while eager-beaver Cards mowed down second-division Phillies, New York Giants and Pirates in five out of six. Dodgers, six games out, had that "wait until next year" look—either in Los Angeles or Brooklyn.
New York Yankees welcomed back Mickey Mantle's booming bat in time to split two with still hopeful Chicago but string began to run out fast on White Sox after pennant-scenting Yanks used their Kansas City playmates to hold firm to 5½-game lead.
Los Angeles Rams, joggled up by Norm Van Brocklin's three touchdown passes, power-plunging of Tank Younger, poured it on to run away from San Francisco 49ers 58-27 before 75,172 in pro exhibition at Los Angeles. Other scores: Cleveland 23, Detroit 7; Chicago Bears 37, Pittsburgh 10; Green Bay 20, Washington 17; Baltimore 27, Chicago Cards 9.
Clark McEntire, 29-year-old Kiowa, Okla. lariat artist, was tops in steer roping, fourth in calf roping to win $2,735 and Oregon Journal trophy for best all-round cowboy at Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup but shared honors with Alvin Nelson, daring buster out of Sentinel Butte, N. Dak., whose double victory in saddle bronc riding was worth $2,286 and boosted his RCA-leading total to 11,901 points.
Gwyn Staley of North Wilkesboro, N.C. throttled his 1957 Chevvy convertible at average 73.755 mph to win NASCAR 300-mile national champion sweepstakes with 4:04:02.21 clocking at Langhorne, Pa.