Vladimir Kuts, stocky but power-legged 30-year-old Russian naval officer who ran off with two gold medals at Melbourne, gave 20,000 cheering spectators at Rome glimpse of his finest form, smartly stepping off 5,000 meters in 13:35 to break Briton Gordon Pirie's world record by almost two full seconds, had enough breath left to romp another lap with bouquet of red flowers under his arm, tossing blossoms to crowd (Oct. 13).
Deiter Konig of Germany and Bud Jones of Sioux City, Iowa, closed out NOA world championships for modified stocks in record style, zooming to pair of world speed marks over one-mile straightaway on Corpus Christi's Sunset Lake. Konig throttled hard all way to average 65.814 mph in his Class B hydro while Jones clocked 64.865 mph in Class C hydro (Oct. 7).
October 20, 1957
Milwaukee, home of lager and National League pennant winner, took over as nation's baseball capital, began celebration (see below) that threatened to awaken every cow in Wisconsin. Pitcher Lew Burdette, who became first since Cleveland Spitballer Stanley Coveleskie (in 1920) to win three complete games in one Series, was welcomed home as messiah who led Braves to promised land; Manager Fred Haney was hailed as "new" Casey Stengel; Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron were greatest hitters ever known to baseball; every Brave was a most valuable player. All this because Milwaukee, after bowing to Yankee home run hitters Yogi Berra and Hank Bauer, Pitcher Bob Turley in 3-2 sixth game of World Series, came back behind low-ball hurling of Burdette to win seventh game 5-0, give haughty but outplayed New York city slickers their comeuppance (see page 24).
Brooklyn Dodgers did what Walter O'Malley knew they would all along, announced they were moving westward to Los Angeles. Although expected, diehard Brooklyn fans, who always hoped for best, were left with only fond memories of zany days of Wilbert (Uncle Robbie) Robinson, Casey Stengel, Babe Herman and Burleigh (Boily) Grimes of earlier vintage, more recent exploits of Leo Durocher, Dixie Walker, Kirby (Koiby) Higbe, Hugh Casey, Mickey Owen, Jackie Robinson, Carl (Oiskin) Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe. Los Angeles, in big leagues at last, drew hardly an extra breath, except for jubilant mayor and council (see below).
Round Table, doughty little colt who has had California and Midwest buzzing about him as top candidate for best 3-year-old, made his backers (and his chances) look good, running away from touted Swoon's Son to take $126,550 Hawthorne Gold Cup by three lengths (see page 10).
Belmont's week was story of Willie Shoemaker, Jewel's Reward, Gallant Man, Bold Ruler and Neji.
Shoemaker had his biggest money-winning day, booting home 2-year-old Jewel's Reward in $156,500 Champagne Stakes and his old buddy. Gallant Man, in $80,700 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Maine Chance Farm's rugged Jewel's Reward, in solid bid for year's juvenile title, bounced along within striking distance of leaders until ready to make move, then took command from Alhambra and held on gamely to stave off on-rushing Misty Flight by neck in rich Champagne. Ralph Lowe's Gallant Man, settled in last place heading into backstretch, responded promptly to Shoe's urgent whipping, picked up pace to win going away in Gold Cup, remained firmly in running for 3-year-old honors.
Bold Ruler, beaten by older horses at 1¼ miles last time out, found seven sloppy furlongs more to his liking, literally ran away from field in impressive 1:21[2/5] to break 51-year-old Belmont record while winning $23,250 Vosburgh Handicap.
Mrs. Ogden Phipps' Neji, durable old war horse, lugged 168 pounds up and over 16 obstacles, nearly flipped on last jump but was steadied neatly by Jockey Pat Smithwick to haul in first place in $32,250 Grand National Steeplechase Handicap.
Billy Haughton. usually around when top money is on line, reined Charming Barbara, Farmstead Acres' frisky brown filly, to front, held firm with occasional whipping despite spirited challenge by runner-up Time Me to win $30,000 Dream Trot for 3-year-olds at Roosevelt Raceway. Billy also was in sulky with three other winners, went home richer by $2,445.
Charles Goren and Helen Sobel, U.S. bridge experts, played their cards right, piled up 1,027 points to beat fellow-Americans Martin Cohn and Sanford Brown (1,001 points, and representatives of 23 other nations for Masters Championship of Europe and British Bridge World Challenge Cup in Selfridge's department store's flag-bedecked Exhibition Hall at London.
Swedish-made Volvos and Saabs carried day in Little Le Mans 10-hour endurance race at bustling new Lime Rock (Conn.) track, sweeping first nine places. Bill Rutan of Essex, Conn, and Art Riley of Port Washington, N.Y. took turns zipping their conventional-drive Volvo around 1½ -mile course, covered 597 miles at 59.6 mph average speed to finish first, ahead of four more Volvos. Next four places went to front-wheel drive Saab, firmly establishing Swedish cars as durable competitors in small-car field (see page 58).
Jim Shoulders, steel-nerved bronc buster from Henryetta, Okla., won bareback-riding title at New York's Madison Square Garden. Other winners: Vernon Kerns of Hearne, Texas, calf roping; Alvin Nelson of Sentinel Butte, N.D., saddle bronc; Sherman Sullins of San Diego, steer wrestling; Harry Tompkins of Dublin, Texas, bull riding.
Michigan State made week's biggest bang, hitting Michigan with all its power to win 35-6 in Big Ten feature, but most emotional victory belonged to Notre Dame, which squeezed past Army 23-21 on Monty Stickles' last-quarter field goal. Other Big Ten rumblings came from Ohio State, 21-7 winner over Illinois, and Minnesota, 41-6 victor over Northwestern. Oklahoma had its troubles with Texas but won 21-7 for 43rd straight. In other games: Pitt thumped Nebraska 34-0; Washington State outlasted Stanford 21-18; Oregon State beat Idaho 20-0; Navy defeated California 21-6; UCLA handled Washington 19-0; Auburn edged Kentucky 6-0; LSU upset Georgia Tech 20-13; North Carolina surprised Miami 20-13; Georgia ground attack licked Tulane 13-6.
Baltimore Colts continued to set NFL on its ear, exploding for 38 points in second half to beat Green Bay 45-17 and remain atop Western Division standings. Cleveland Browns, in first place in East, out-mauled winless Philadelphia Eagles 24-7 in game marred by fist fights. Things began to look up for New York Giants, who put together 11 pass completions in 13 attempts by veteran Charlie Conerly and 50-yard field goal by Ben Agajanian for 24-20 victory over Washington Redskins. San [Francisco's Y. A. Tittle once more played hero's' role, passing to End R. C. Owens for winning touchdown in final seconds as 49ers beat Chicago Bears 21-17; Detroit Lions picked off half dozen Los Angeles passes in 10-7 triumph over Rams; Pittsburgh Steelers, helped by Billy Wells' 96-yard scoring sprint in first period, beat Chicago Cards 29-20.
Mike DeJohn, rangy journeyman heavyweight who had only one main bout, reached out for handful of sky, found it with well-placed left hook to jaw which knocked out 4-to-1 favorite Alex Miteff in first round (see below) at Syracuse, N.Y., threw consternation into camp of Manager Hymie (The Mink) Wallman, who had visions of his tiger fighting for title. Miteff, unbeaten in 12 straight on build-up trail, was shocked: "I hit him one left hook in the body. I start a second left hook—and poof! The next thing I know I am looking up at the referee."
Jimmy Slade, wily old light heavyweight who has been spoiler more often than not, came back from 15-month layoff to outsmart and outslick Jerry Luedee in 10-rounder at New York. Explained bewildered Luedee: "I went to hit him but he wasn't there."
Isaac Logart, fancy-slugging No. 2-ranked welterweight, beat bomb-throwing Joe Miceli to punch time and again, switch-hitting to head and body to win 10-round decision at Detroit.
Hawaii Kai III, already top boat in national point standings, added icing to cake by taking Sahara Cup with 1,000 points at Boulder City, Colo. Little Jack Regas roared his Seattle boat to victories in two early heats, coasted home behind Thriftway Too in final race over wind-ruffled Lake Mead.
Cruiser Racing Commission Chairman William Edgar John took second look at figures, decided that M. N. Shansby of Los Angeles and not television scientist Dr. Allen B. Du Mont was nation's best predicted-log-race skipper. Late tabulations from West Coast boosted Shansby's total for six events to 2,510.9 to give him national championship trophy over Du Mont, who had 2,425.3. Shansby also posted 1,619.6 points to 1,475.8 for Du Mont in unsanctioned and sanctioned cruises to take Herbert L. Stone Trophy.
Montreal's aging but still agile Maurice (Rocket) Richard picked his favorite sparring partners, Detroit Red Wings, for one of his best performances, flicking home three goals (as did Teammate Dickie Moore) to help Canadiens to 6-0 victory and himself to 497th goal in NHL's first week. Canadiens also downed Chicago 5-1, tied New York 2-2 to take slim lead as Boston won first two, beating Chicago 3-1, Rangers 3-1. New York, Detroit, Chicago and Toronto were strung out behind leaders.
HONORED—Marshall Cassidy, 65, balding, hard-as-nails ex-soldier of fortune, onetime jockey, starter and steward, now secretary general of Greater New York Association, executive secretary and assistant treasurer of The Jockey Club, who pioneered use of film patrol in Last and organized The Jockey Club school for officials, among other things; as "outstanding racing figure," by Thoroughbred Club of America, at Lexington, Ky.
HONORED—Man o' War, Samuel Riddle's imperially arrogant colt beaten only once (by appropriately named Upset in 1919 Sanford Stakes) in 21 starts, holder of five U.S. records, winner of $249,465; one of 10 great champions of 1910-1930 era enshrined in National Museum of Racing, at Saratoga Springs. Others Gallant Fox (1930 Triple Crown champion), Equipoise, Exterminator, Twenty Grand. Blue Larkspur, Regret only filly to win Kentucky Derby in 1915), Grey Lag, Sarazen, Sir Barton.
MARRIED—Stirling Moss, 28, daring British racing driver who this year throttled Vanwall to its best showing ever, runner-up to World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio; and Katie Molson, 22, member of Canadian brewery family which recently bought controlling interest in Montreal Canadiens; in London.