Hoot Song, Two Gaits Farm's fleet black filly, with Ralph Baldwin in sulky, stepped off mile in 2:03 2/5 and 2:03 3/5 for two heat clocking of 4:07 to cut more than second off world record for-3-year-old trotters at Delaware, Ohio (Sept. 16).
New York Yankees and Milwaukee Braves, with magic numbers down to one and two, respectively, at week's end, were all set to square off in World Series, barring last minute gasps by runners-up Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cards. Yankees moved resolutely toward eighth American League pennant in last nine years, beating Detroit twice and Boston in two out of three but found that illness had hardly dimmed batting eye of Ted Williams, who arrived in New York after pinch-hitting home run against Kansas City, slammed three more to put total at 37. Braves picked up scent of National League pennant money, ran off six straight, including Left-hander Warren Spahn's 20th victory, over Philadelphia, New York and Chicago while Cards lost two out of five to Brooklyn and Cincinnati.
Oklahoma, big, fast and powerful again, went to air to beat Pitt 26-0 for 41st straight, seemed well on way to another unbeaten season. Among other winners in college football's first week: Navy, 46-6 over Boston College; Georgia Tech, 13-0 over Kentucky; Duke, 26-14 over S. Carolina; Texas A&M, 21-13 over Maryland; Texas, 26-7 over Georgia; SMU, 13-6 over California; Oregon State, 20-0 over USC; UCLA, 47-0 over Air Force (for regional report, see page 7).
September 29, 1957
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, boxing's ageless Methuselah, turned instructor to teach young Tony Anthony facts of fistic life, came out of his carefully planned shell to smash challenger to canvas in sixth (see below), unloaded bristling bombs to keep him there in seventh at Los Angeles. Reflected Archie: "They sent a boy out to do a man's job."
Gil Turner, bustling Philadelphia welterweight who has been seen on TV screen almost as often as Hopalong Cassidy, was his usual swarming self, out-hustling favored (8 to 5) Virgil Akins in 10-rounder at Atlantic City.
Torpid, pushing hard ahead of expert handling by Johnny Simpson, won $73,528 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers in straight heats (2:00.4 and 2:03.2) at Delaware, Ohio, moved giant step nearer pacing's triple crown.
U.S. male athletes won 11 of 20 events, but host team Israel picked up enough points from its distaff stars to outscore Americans 226-197 in track and field phase of 21-nation Jewish Olympics at Tel Aviv.
Albert Fay, talented helmsman from Houston, teamed up with Billy Luders to win three straight races in his red-hulled Flame after trailing Rush IV in first two, sailed off with national 5.5-meter title at Larchmont, N.Y. Long Island Sound skippers swept all four races from Bermuda sailors for Amorita Cup.
Jack Regas, pint-size pilot from Livermore, Calif., warmed up with victory in two qualifying heats, next day bounced Seattle's Hawaii Kai III over choppy Potomac at record-breaking 105.799-mph average for 15 miles to win President's Cup at Washington, D.C., moved ahead of runner-up Miss Thriftway in APBA point standing. Race was marked by near tragedy when Shanty I, driven by Air Force Colonel Russell Schleeh, flipped at 150 mph; Schleeh was hauled out barely conscious but suffered only multiple bruises.
Belmont fans were given the Willies in big doses last week as deft-reining Jockeys Hartack and Shoemaker figured their achievements in dollar signs.
Hartack, heading hell-bent for new stakes record, pushed his total for year to 35, cracking own money-winning mark along way as he booted home Jewel's Reward in $37,175 Cowdin Stakes, later in week was up on nation's most expensive ($63,000) filly, Mrs. Charles Bay's unbeaten 2-year-old Idun, in $62,610 Matron Stakes to boost 1957 total to $2,394,586.
Shoemaker was aboard when old buddy Gallant Man, Ralph Lowe's plucky little 3-year-old, took to track for final tune-up before Woodward Stakes and responded to slight urging to outrun older rivals in track record 1:47 1/5 (for 1‚⅛ miles) in $28,350 Nassau County Handicap. Three days later, Shoe roused Pucker Up to driving victory in $69,800 Beldame, drew big smile from Mrs. Richard Lunn when he steered 2-year-old Rise n' Shine, who cost Llangollen Farm's mistress cool $87,000 (most ever paid for colt) at Saratoga yearling sales last year, to first triumph.
Vic Seixas. now more than ever (since Dick Savitt said nay and Ham Richardson withdrew) America's No. 1 Davis Cup prospect, led unseeded Gil Shea merry chase with angled passing shots, tantalizing lobs to win 9-7, 6-3, 6-4 for Pacific Southwest title at Los Angeles. Women's champion: Althea Gibson, who overpowered old rival Louise Brough 6-3, 6-1.
Walt Hansgen, Westfield, N.J. auto dealer, buzzed his blue and white D Jag around 2.3-mile strip at 84.7 mph average, was all alone at finish to win 101.2-mile Watkins Glen Grand Prix.
DIED—Dr. Logan J. Bennett, 50, longtime conservationist, author, bird hunter, Outdoorsman of the Year in 1956, executive director of Pennsylvania Game Commission; of heart ailment, at Las Vegas.
DIED—Gerald Matthews Balding, 54, international polo star in 1930s, able horse trainer; of cancer, at London. England's top polo player, Balding was ranked at nine goals (second only to intrepid 10-goaler Tommy Hitchcock) in U.S. in 1936, later turned hand to training Thoroughbreds at his Weyhill stable for Ambassador John Hay Whitney, Alfred G Vanderbilt, Joseph M. Roebling.