Dieter K√∂nig, speed-minded German, bounced his Class A hydro over Knoxville's Port Loudon Lake at 60.606 mph for new Division I NOA world speed record, received partial credit for two Division III marks when Parker Smith of Winchester, Tenn., in boats powered by K√∂nig engines, zoomed 50 mph in Class A runabout and 57.143 mph in Class A hydro (Oct. 27).
Oklahoma, on brink of defeat after 44 straight, picked itself up in last quarter, barely squeezed past stubborn Colorado 14-13 to keep intact nation's longest winning streak in another rough week for some favorites. Unbeaten Iowa just did beat Northwestern 6-0, while Notre Dame needed last-ditch pass to overhaul Pitt 13-7; Army scored twice in final period to defeat Virginia 20-12; Michigan State came from behind to catch Illinois 19-14; Ohio State edged Wisconsin 16-13; Duke was played to 14-14 standstill by North Carolina State. Not so fortunate were LSU, upset by Florida 22-14; Mississippi, beaten by Arkansas 12-6; Minnesota, pounded down by Michigan 24-7; Syracuse, surprised by Penn State 20-12; UCLA, shocked by Stanford 20-6. Winners, as expected, included Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas, Auburn, Dartmouth. (For regional report, see page 9.)
San Francisco 49ers reacted to news of sudden death of Co-Owner Tony Morabito (see "Mileposts") by turning two pass interceptions into second-half touchdowns and 21-17 victory over Chicago Bears to take over lead in NFL Western Division as Green Bay struck like lightning in last quarter to rock Baltimore Colts 21-17 and Los Angeles, back on home grounds after disastrous road trip, rolled over Detroit 35-17. Cleveland Browns contained Chicago Cards after first quarter to win 17-7 and regain lead in East with some help from Washington Redskins, who upset New York Giants 31-14. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia staged old-fashioned defensive battle before Steelers came out on top 6-0 to tie Giants for second.
November 4, 1957
Boston Celtics, with just-as-good-as-ever Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman and better-than-ever Bill Russell, began taking NBA apart, gave every evidence that they are out to repeat as champions. Celts raced past St. Louis 115-90, newcomer Detroit 105-94, teased New York Knicks for one half before Cousy, Sharman and Russell exploded for 131-121 victory. Philadelphia, Syracuse and Knicks each broke even in two starts to trail Boston in East, while Cincinnati made successful NBA debut, outscoring Nationals 110-100 to stand as West's only unbeaten team in first week.
U.S., trailing by three points at end of third quarter, fought back grimly on shooting of Iowa Wesleyan's Bobby Spies (who led scorers with 18 points) to overtake Russians for 51-48 victory and second straight women's world title in final game of two-week tournament at Rio de Janeiro.
American distaff stick-wielders polished off Dartford College of Physical Education 10-0, London U. 4-0, but found their match in spirited England team, which rallied for three goals in last five minutes to gain 7-7 tie at London. U.S. team wound up tour with 10 victories, 10 draws in major matches.
Harvard's accurate leapers, Peter Haskell and Dick, Tomkins, steered through air gracefully to win two' events as Crimson retained intercollegiate championship and Lieutenant General James Gavin trophy with 326 points at Good Hill Farm private airport in Woodbury, Conn. Haskell, jumping from Cessna 182 at 2,300 feet, landed only eight yards from target to win spot jumping; Tomkins, taking off at 3,700 feet in sky-diving competition, maintained perfect style for 10 seconds in free fall before opening chute, floated to within 13 yards of center of X.
Walter O'Malley, his usual affable and glib self, and his Dodgers (mostly front office personnel) invaded Los Angeles last week (see page 29), peddled a few tickets, allowed us how they might use Wrigley Field and spacious Memorial Coliseum for their games until new stadium is constructed at Chavez Ravine, signed Manager Walter Alston and Captain Pee Wee Reese to 1958 contracts, and generally began job of creating good will.
Fred Haney, still walking on cloud after World Series victory over Yankees, began to settle down to earth after signing to manage Milwaukee again next year. His first move: to fire Coaches Johnny Riddle, Charley Root and Connie Ryan, retain Bullpen Coach Bob Keely. Replacements: Whitlow Wyatt to handle pitchers, John Fitzpatrick for first base, with Ryan's successor still to be named.
Gaspar (Indian) Ortega, cool-punching 22-year-old Mexican, moved into welterweight title picture after going 12 bustling rounds with ex-Champion Kid Gavilan to win split decision at Los Angeles. Gavilan, old bongo drum beater who was once world's best welterweight, gave it good try all way, unloading punishing hooks and crushing bolos to earn votes of most fans and sportswriters, but took latest defeat philosophically: "My spirit, it is low...just put another one in the book, that's all." His manager, ebullient Yamil Chade, was not quite so calm, screaming, "You were robbed! You never fight again or I go to electric chair!" Best bet was that the Keed would fight again, and Chade would safely evade electric chair.
Willie Pastrano, quick-stepping, fancy-flicking New Orleans heavyweight dancemaster, left-jabbed and flitted around Britain's bulling Dick Richardson like queen bee inspecting her troops to take 10-rounder before 11,000 admiring spectators at London's Harringay Arena (see below).
Art Aragon, onetime brash-as-brass Los Angeles Golden Boy who was convicted on charge of offering $500 bribe to Welterweight Dick Goldstein to throw fight, was almost humble after California District Court of Appeal reversed decision, put him back in running to apply for license (see page 29). "The happiest day of my life," exclaimed Aragon. "I'm going to fight again just as soon as they'll let me."
Nadir, Arthur B. (Bull) Hancock Jr.'s husky 2-year-old bay son of Nasrullah, surged powerfully to front leaving backstretch, stuck to his task with determination in run for wire to leave Terra Firma good two lengths behind on way to scorching victory and $155,047.50 first prize in $277,150 Garden State, world's richest race, at Garden State Park (see page 34). For Jockey Willie Hartack, who switched from favored Jewel's Reward and got mild pat on wrist ("He's a bad boy for doing that") from Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, it was highly profitable day: he booted home his 41st stakes winner of year to break Eddie Arcaro's record and pocket $15,504 as his share of purse.
Bornastar, lightly regarded 9-to-l shot, responded to intermittent whipping in stretch by substitute Jockey Kenny Church (for Hartack), held firm in face of challenge by favored Pucker Up to win $76,050 Spinster Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.
Spinney, Louis Rowan's California-bred 4 year-old, nicely rated in early going, stayed within striking distance until ready to make move, then led charge for home to win going away by length in $60,400 Canadian Championship Stakes at Woodbine.
Torakichi Nakamura, chunky 42-year-old Japanese pro with scant hitting power but deft touch of safecracker on greens (see below), served due notice on U.S. when he beat Sam Snead by six strokes in face-to-face combat, totted up rounds of 68-68-67-71 to win International Trophy with 274 at Tokyo. Nakamura also teamed with phlegmatic but equally straight-putting Koichi Ono to win Canada Cup for Japan. Surprised runners-up: America's Snead (281) and Jimmy Demaret (285).
Montreal, safely perched atop NHL standings with 12 points, ran unbeaten string to seven games before suddenly hot-handed New York Rangers halted leaders 4-1 to take second place from faltering Boston Bruins, who dropped three in row to Chicago 2-1, Detroit 4-3, Canadiens 4-3. Black Hawks also drew bead on Bruins, leaping over Red Wings (3-0) into fourth place as race began to tighten up.
ELECTED—Denny Shute, 53-year-old teaching pro at Akron's Portage Country Club, one of golfing's greatest match play competitors, four-time Ryder Cupper (in 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937), British Open champion in 1933, last to win two consecutive PGA titles (in 1936, 1937); to PGA Hall of Fame, at Dunedin, Fla.
DIED—Anthony J. (Tony) Morabito, 47, wealthy lumber hauler, outspoken, often controversial, founder (with brother Victor in 1945) and co-owner of San Francisco 49ers; of heart attack, while watching his team play Chicago Bears, at San Francisco.