Galina Bystrova, husky student at Russia's Gorky Pedagogical Institute who holds Soviet title of Master of Sport, proved she learned her lessons well, scoring 4,846 points for new women's world pentathlon record in all-union meet between teams from higher educational institutions at Moscow (Oct. 16).
Gerald Walsh of South Africa, after running some 2,400 miles in last six months as warmup for go at world records, found it no great strain to prance through 40 miles in 4:04:34, 50 miles in 5:16:07, trotting off with pair of unofficial marks at Walton, England (Oct. 19).
Mrs. Peter Perinchief, Bermuda angler whose husband was member of British Commonwealth team which won International Tuna Tournament at Wedge-port, N.S. in 1956, hauled and tugged until she boated 26-pound 12-ounce blackfin tuna at Hamilton, biggest ever snared on 10-pound test line (Oct. 18).
October 28, 1957
Bus Eaton, 35-year-old log-truck driver with eye for unusual, bowled 280 games in 49 hours 45 minutes, knocked down some 45,305 pins for 161.6 average before staggering off with new record for consecutive games at Roseburg, Ore. (Oct. 20).
Purdue and Illinois, neither stamped for greatness in preseason experting, set pace for season's greatest upheaval of form as favorites fell like quarters in a rigged slot machine. Winless Purdue dropped mighty Michigan State 20-13, and Illinois outpowered and outslicked Minnesota 34-13 to push unbeaten Iowa, 21-7 winner over Wisconsin, and Ohio State, 56-0 victor over Indiana, into tie for Big Ten lead. In South, Auburn put up hardy defense, turned 21-yard field goal by Billy Atkins into 3-0 win over Georgia Tech; Jim Tatum came back to Maryland, joined Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in watching his North Carolina team bow to Terrapins 21-7. In Southwest, Texas upset Arkansas 17-0 to challenge still unbeaten Texas A& M. bare 7-0 winner over TCU. In Far West, UCLA shocked Oregon State 26-7, Oregon moved into Rose Bowl picture by beating Washington State 14-13 and California found somebody it could beat—USC 12-0. Oklahoma was one of few to escape unscathed, rolling over Kansas 47-0 for 44th straight. Duke was another with easy 34-7 victory over Wake Forest, while Army bounced back from Notre Dame defeat to beat Pitt 29-13 and Navy sailed safely past Georgia 27-14.
New York Giants found their touch before 52,589 home-town fans at Yankee Stadium, running and passing magnificently while hard-charging line stifled Pittsburgh Steelers, to win 35-0 and move into first-place tie in Eastern Division with Cleveland Browns, who were upset by last-place Philadelphia 17-7. Baltimore Colts, too, despite four touchdown passes by Quarterback John Unitas, had their bubble burst when Detroit's Bobby Layne found Hopalong Cassady with 29-yard pass in final minute for come-from-behind 31-27 triumph. Lion success, coupled with San Francisco's 24-14 win over Green Bay, tossed Western Division standings into three-way tie (see page 14). Other results: Chicago Cards defeated Washington 44-14; Chicago Bears outscored Los Angeles 34-26.
Idun, Mrs. Charles Ulrick Bay's perky, unbeaten junior miss, teamed up with Jockey Willie Hartack for great day at Garden State. Breaking fast and true, Idun rushed to front, stayed there all way to win $144,475 Gardenia Stakes (see below), nail down solid claim to year's 2-year-old filly honors and Hartack's 40th stakes victory, tying Eddie Arcaro's record.
Wheatley Stables' Bold Ruler, running comfortably and easily at mile-and-sixteenth, hardly worked up sweat in $28,400 Queens County Handicap at Jamaica, romping smartly under snug hold by Jockey Arcaro to 2½-length victory.
Neji, lugging unprecedented 173 pounds gracefully and powerfully over 13 jumps under able ride by Pat Smithwick, left stablemate Ancestor seven lengths behind in $57,725 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase at Belmont Park, covering rugged 2½-mile grind in track record 4:42 2/5. Smithwick had only deep praise for durable 7-year-old gelding: "The greatest jumper I have ever ridden."
Rory Calhoun, rough and ready fifth-ranked middleweight who still has lot to learn, was forced into playing hare and hounds with backpedaling Rocky Castellani (see page 29), never quite caught up to his clutch-and-grab rival, but piled up more than enough points to take dull 10-rounder as IBC brought boxing back to New York's Madison Square Garden after seven-month hiatus.
Spider Webb, No. 6 middleweight subbing for ailing Ralph (Tiger) Jones, zoomed in on surprised Jackie LaBua with two quick right-handed shots, won by KO in 59 seconds of first round at Louisville. Explained LaBua: "I didn't see the punch coming."
Herman (Muggsy) Taylor, rumble-voiced Philadelphia promoter and frequent partner of IBC's Jim Norris, idle for more than two years while Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, in prolonged hearings, pondered "pirating" charges made against him by former Manager Donald Rettman and Boxer George Johnson, was given his license and green light to return to business at same old stand (see page 28).
Sid Flaherty was another who made his boxing peace, convincing California commission that he was prepared to love, honor and obey laws of stale. He admitted that he had doubled in brass as promoter and manager in past but henceforth would operate only as manager. Commission thereupon granted him license, paving way for heavyweight fight between Flaherty's No. 1-ranked tiger, Eddie Machen, and Hurricane Jackson in San Francisco, Nov. 13.
Maurice (The Rocket) Richard was hockey's man of the week and his Montreal Canadiens team of the week. Fiery Maurice (see below), aging at 36 as hockey players go, was never better as he rammed home two shots in 9-3 victory over Toronto, netted one more in 3-1 win over Chicago to become first NHL player to score 500 goals. Canadiens, still unbeaten in first six games, topped standings with 10 points while second-place Boston, after four straight, became Toronto's first victim in 7-0 rout. New York split with Bruins (2-6), Chicago (6-1) to hold third ahead of Detroit, which finally snapped three-game home losing streak, beating Maple Leafs 3-1.
Hank Greenberg, general manager of Cleveland Indians who had attempted to cure bad case of slipping attendance, aging stars and general tendency to chase home New York Yankees by firing managers (Lou Boudreau, Al Lopez, Kerby Farrell), got taste of own medicine, was given gate by board of directors. Board Chairman William R. Daley, obviously irked by sixth-place finish this year and first signs of red ink, blamed it all on "press criticism...and the fans' reaction to Green berg personally." Not so, said Greenberg, pointing to eight-year record of one American League pennant (in 1954 when New York Giants won World Series in four straight), five seconds, one fourth and one sixth: "I am keenly disappointed."
Horace Stoneham breezed into San Francisco with his Giants, promptly began wheeling and dealing. His first move: to swap Minneapolis franchise in American Association to Boston Red Sox for Pacific Coast League's San Francisco Seals. His second move: to sign Manager Bill Rigney to two-year contract.
Ch. Westhay Fiona of Harham, Harold M. Florsheim's well-mannered 22-inch-high, black-tan-and-grizzle Airedale terrier, strutted and primped successfully once again to win her seventh best-in-show of year at Albany (N.Y.) Kennel Club event.
U.S. touring women's team, which has been displaying its superior stickmanship in British Isles, romped through five matches without giving up goal, finished with flourish to defeat Dartford Physical Training College 6-0 in final of 20-team tournament at High Wycombe, England.
Poland, whipped into winning frenzy by furiously partisan crowd of 120,000 and accurate footwork of Inside Left Gerard Cieslik, put temporary road block in path of Russia to World Cup finals, beating them 2-1 at Kattwoica.
DIED—Joseph H. (Bud) Stotler, 69, skilled Thoroughbred conditioner, nation's top trainer in 1935 when his horses won 87 races (including record 37 stakes), $303,005; after long illness, at Baltimore. His most noted charge: Alfred Vanderbilt's Discovery, one of best weight-carriers in U.S. racing history.
DIED—Henry Thomas, 70, farm-grown (in Nebraska) harness racing driver for half century until he retired to officiating last year, three-time winner of Hambletonian (with Shirley Hanover in 1937, McLin Hanover in 1938, Yankee Maid in 1944), leading driver at Roosevelt Raceway in 1948, 1951; of heart attack, at Garden City, N.Y.