Britain's fearless Don Campbell, his heart set on jacking up own world water-speed record, rocketed his Bluebird II (see below) across misty and deceptively mirrorlike Lake Coniston at 260.107 mph, throttled down to 218.024 for return run to average 239.07 mph, fastest ever for jet-propelled hydroplane, at Lancashire, England (Nov. 7). White and shaken but satisfied after history-making effort, Campbell indicated he may redesign his craft and go for 300 mph next year (see page 21).
Russia's sturdy Vladimir Stogov and Evgeny Minaev muscled their way to record performances as world weight-lifting championships got under way at Teheran. Bantamweight Stogov, runner-up to America's Charlie Vinci at Melbourne, hefted total of 760.6 pounds in snatch, press and jerk to break Vinci's world mark (Nov. 8); Featherweight Minaev pressed record 257.4 pounds on way to title in his division (Nov. 9).
Tom Baird Jr., husky 35-year-old insurance agent, slurped soft drinks and broth to maintain his stamina, relentlessly took aim at headpin for some 65 hours, bowled 286 games for new nonstop record before he was overtaken by drowsiness at Middletown, Ohio (Nov. 4). Asked how he planned to celebrate, weary Baird quipped: "I've got to go down to the YMCA and bowl with my team."
November 18, 1957
Oklahoma became first to clinch bowl bid, shaking off sluggishness to beat Missouri 39-14 for 47th straight and place in Orange Bowl. Texas A&M and Auburn continued among unbeaten, Aggies turning back SMU 19-6 while Tigers defeated Mississippi State 15-7. Michigan State turned on power to trounce Notre Dame 34-6; Iowa sizzled in 44-20 romp over Minnesota; Ohio State, sniffing roses, overpowered Purdue 20-7; Tennessee beat Georgia Tech 21-6; Duke held Navy even 6-6; Army, bothered no little by Lee Grosscup's needle-accurate passing, just did get past Utah 39-33; Princeton beat Harvard 28-20. Upsets of week: Penn's 33-20 victory over Yale; Illinois' 20-19 triumph over Michigan; William and Mary's 7-6 shocker over North Carolina State; VMI's bubble-bursting 12-7 job on Lehigh; Washington's 13-6 win over Oregon.
Los Angeles Rams, wheed up by 102,368, largest crowd ever to watch NFL game, who jampacked Coliseum, controlled San Francisco's Y. A. Tittle, gave own Norm Van Brocklin plenty of passing room to upset Western Division-leading 49ers 37-24 and put Baltimore, last-minute 21-17 winner over Washington, and Detroit Lions, who beat Philadelphia 27-17, within reach of first place. Cleveland Browns had it easy against Pittsburgh, winning 24-0 to maintain top rung in East as second-place Giants downed Chicago Cards 27-14. Chicago Bears beat Green Bay 21-14.
Bold Ruler, breaking fast out of chute under slick-handed Eddie Arcaro, never stopped running, leaving Gallant Man 2¼ lengths behind, Round Table even deeper in ruck over 1-mile route in $82,350 Trenton Handicap at Garden State, strode right back into contention for 3-year-old honors (see page 14).
Hasty House Farms' Mahan, 6-year-old English-bred chestnut who was distant 10th two years ago when he ran in French colors, had better luck this time, rolling out in front of Third Brother on turn to win $100,000 International by 3½ lengths on turf at Laurel. Ireland's Stephanotis, sold to Hasty House same morning, was third behind Third Brother.
Tony Kubek, jack-of-all-positions New York Yankee, and Jack Sanford. Strong-armed Philadelphia righthander, to surprise of no one, were named Rookies of Year by Baseball Writers Association. Kubek, 22, shuttled from second to short to third to left to center by maneuvering Casey Stengel, knew his place at plate, batted .297 in 127 games; Sanford, 28, who bounced around minors for seven years until given chance by Phillies, startled National League with 19-8 record, led all major leaguers with 188 strikeouts.
Harry Gregg, handsome young Irish goalie who only five and a half years ago, at tender age of 17, agonizingly watched nine British-fashioned goals stream by him, demonstrated that he had learned his trade well, scooting hither and yon like gleeful leprechaun to turn back attack and lead his team to a 3-2 victory over England first for Ireland in 30 years—at Wembley. Chortled happy Harry after jubilant fans lugged him off pitch on their shoulders: "I've been hoping and praying for this day.... I had to get even."
Scott Frost, gracious-stepping 5-year-old son of Hoot Mon, who stood trotting world on its sulky with his feats in 1955 and 1956 when he was voted harness horse of year, has been retired to stud (fee: $1,000) by Owner Jim Camp and Trainer-Driver Joe O'Brien after coming up lame, will spend rest of his life at Camp's Shafter, Calif. farm contemplating his memorable triumphs and striving to produce champions. Greatest gaited trotter of his time, Scott Frost won Hambletonian, went on to establish one-season money-winning record of $187,000 in 1955, also set mile mark of 2:00 as 2-year-old, reduced time to 1:59 2/5 in 1955 and 1:58 3/5 in 1956, earned $310,000 in lifetime, most ever by trotting stallion.
Alphonse Halimi, confident, curly-topped French Algerian, slugged it out with Mexico's Raul (Raton) Macias for 10 busy rounds, craftily switched style in 11th, jabbing, dancing and generally baffling his tiring opponent to win 15-round split decision and world bantamweight title at Los Angeles (see page 51).
Joey Giardello, No. 3-ranked middleweight, figured he was ready for any emergency when he equipped his corner with oxygen tank to counteract Denver's rarefied atmosphere, but he failed to provide antidote for Wilf Greaves' propensity for running. Exasperated Joey, looking for one big shot, chased bobbing, backtracking rival to tune of boos from crowd of 4,425 to easily win 10-rounder but hardly could be blamed for complaining, "It takes two to make a fight."
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, intent on picking up loose change while waiting for date to be set for proposed $100,000 title defense against Chuck Spieser in Detroit, floored lanky Eddie Cotton three times but couldn't keep him there and wearily had to drag his paunchy 192 pounds around for 10 rounds to win decision at Seattle.
Montreal relinquished NHL lead temporarily to New York, bounced back to top with victories over Detroit 6-0, Boston 4-2, while Rangers were bowing to latest red-hot team, Chicago, 5-0, but Canadiens were only two points ahead at week's end. Black Hawks also out-hustled Toronto 3-1 to grab third place, and Boston and Detroit, unable to untrack themselves, competed with Toronto for cellar.
Charlie Sifford, four-time national Negro golf champion, dropped 10-foot putt for last-round 64 and 10-under-par 203 (for 54 holes) to finish in tie with Eric Monti, needed only three holes to win playoff and $2,100 first prize in Long Beach (Calif.) Open.
Boston Celtics, riding Sputniklike above NBA, were still unbeaten after eight games and nearly as many fights. With Bill Russell sweeping boards and Bill Sharman flinging baskets, Celts zoomed past Detroit 111-105, Minneapolis (still winless in six games) 103-94, Cincinnati 122-110 in overtime (see below). Philadelphia won three to wrest second place in East from New York. St. Louis moved to top in West, beating Syracuse and Philadelphia as Cincinnati ran losing streak to four.
HONORED—Omar (Bud) Browning, Forrest De Bernardi, Joe Fortenberry, Robert (Ace) Gruenig, Charles Hyatt, Robert Kurland, Frank Lubin and Jack McCracken, former AAU All-Americas; by election to newly formed Helms Hall Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame, at Los Angeles.
DIED—Dick Buck, 27, daring but accident-prone California skier known as Madman of Donner Summit, member of 1952 Olympic team, national downhill champion in 1954, only recently named alternate for FIS squad, which will compete in world championships in Austria next February; when plane went into spin, plunged into Donner Lake, at Truckee, Calif.
DIED—Roy Worters, 57, pint-sized (5 feet 3 inches), quick-handed onetime NHL goalie for New York Americans, first to win both Hart (in 1929) and Vezina (1931) trophies; after long illness, at Toronto.