Russian weightlifters, stretching and straining their pliable muscles, heaved and heftedtheir way to six titles in world championships, broke live world records, atTeheran (Nov. 11, 12, 13). Featherweight Rafael Tchmiskian jerked 315.7 pounds,snatched 243.1 pounds; Middle Heavyweight Arkady Vorobyev snatched 319½ pounds,wound up with 1,035¾-pound total; Light Heavyweight Trofim Lomakin lifted totalof 990 pounds. Other winners: America's Tommy Kono in middleweight class (seepage 6); Russia's Alexei Medvedev in heavyweight division.
Alfredo Milani.intrepid Italian motorcyclist, streaked around 1,000-meter Monza course in20:95 from standing start in snub-nosed streamlined Gilera 500 cc. with sidecarto break world mark (21:45) he set only one day earlier, also zoomed over onekilometer at average 96.3 mph for new standard for 350-cc. cycles (Nov.14).
Cheng Feng-Yung,springy-legged 20-year-old Chinese girl, soared over bar at 5 feet 9¾ inches atPeiping to break world high jump standard (5 feet 9¼ inches) set by America'sMildred McDaniel at Melbourne and equaled by Romania's Yolande Balas earlier inweek (Nov. 17).
November 25, 1957
Notre Dame, lastto beat mighty Oklahoma, ended 47-game Sooner winning streak, hand-fighting to7-0 victory and sending Subway Alumni all over into joyous tantrums. But BudWilkinson's once-unbeatahle warriors had plenty of company in upset league inPrinceton, beaten by Yale 20-13; Texas A&M, knocked looping from ranks ofunbeaten by Rice 7-6; and Iowa, which bowed to Rose Bowl-bound Ohio State17-13. In real squeakers, Auburn barely got past Georgia 6-0, while Mississippiheal down Tennessee 14-7; Duke squeezed by Clemson 7-6; Dartmouth edged Cornell20-19. Among more conventional results, Michigan State had no trouble defeatingMinnesota 42-13; Wisconsin outscored Illinois 24-13; Oregon all but moved intoRose Bowl with 16-7 victory over USC.
Detroit Lions,with veteran Bobby Layne pitching like Lew Burdette in first half, spent happyafternoon throttling Y.A. Tittle, came away with 31-10 triumph over SanFrancisco and piece of Western Division lead, along with beaten 49ers andBaltimore Colts, who turned back Chicago Bears 29-14. Los Angeles Rams caughtfire in second half to overhaul Green Bay 31-27, were only game behind leaders.Cleveland Browns clung to first place in Fast by skin of Lou Groza's faithfulright foot, tying Washington 30-30 on his 23-yard field goal with 13 seconds toplay, while second-place New York Giants, pushed all over Yankee Stadium byPhiladelphia, had presence of mind to convert Eagle fumbles into 13-0victory.
Henry Aaron,lusty-clouting Milwaukee outfielder, caught fancy of baseball writers with his.322 average, 44 home runs and 132 RBIs, polled 239 votes to edge St. LouisCardinals' Stan Musial (who got 230) as National League's Most Valuable Player.Rejoiced Hank: "The biggest thrill of all...I didn't, think anybody couldbeat out Stan the Man."
Frank Lane,sharp-tongued talent swapper, resigned as general manager of St. LouisCardinals his replacement: Executive Assistant Bing Devine), moved over toCleveland Indians to succeed Hank Greenberg. Lane, never one to underestimateown abilities as trader and builder-upper, admitted "you don't rehabilitatea team overnight" but began putting out loud feelers for the New YorkYankees' Andy Carey and Kansas City Athletics' Billy Martin.
Kddie Machen.unbeaten young No. 1-ranked heavyweight from Redding, Calif., used poor Tommy(Hurricane) Jackson for punching bag, raking defenseless and reeling New Yorkeralmost at will until even Hurricane's lion-hearted manager, Lippe Breidbart,could stand no more and asked referee to stop light tit end of 10th roundbefore 14,107 at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Second one-sided pasting in rowfor Jackson (the other: by Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson last July)produced loud outcry for Hurricane to hang up gloves but his mother, Mrs.Georgia Jackson, would have none of it, stoutly, if not wistfully, proclaiming:"If my boy goes to a training camp and gels his proper rest before a lighthe can beat any man in the world."
Gene Fullmer,bustling and beaver-busy ex-middleweight champion, slugged it out head-to-headwith equally rough and willing Neal Rivers in Madison Square Garden bloodbath,was given 10-round split decision before both men retired to their dressingrooms for some hemstitching (16 stitches for Fullmer, six for Rivers).
Vince Martinez,fancy-flicking welterweight contender who moves faster and better than hepunches, sent Ramon Tiscareno reeling backwards with jolting right to jaw soonafter start of sixth round, was promptly awarded quick and controversial KOwhen Referee Frankie Van moved in to stop fight at Hollywood, Calif.
Mrs. HirschJacobs' Promised Land proved to be best of second-string 3-year-olds atJamaica, stepping swiftly and surely through slop under able urging ofhot-riding Ismael Valenzuela to outrun top-weighted (123 pounds) and wearyVertex in fast 1:55 3/5 for 1 3/16 miles in $55,600 Roamer Handicap.
Tulloch,sway-backed, stocky 3-year-old who first attracted eye of Trainer Tommy Smithas scrawny yearling in Wellington, New Zealand and has since become Australia'shottest horse since Phar Lap, coasted through 1½ miles in 2:32½ to takeQueensland Derby by seven lengths at Brisbane for his ninth straight and sweepof Aussie derbys 'the others: Sydney, Melbourne). Trainer Smith, who believesTulloch, despite his laziness and prima donna nature, "can beat anything inEngland or America," is toying with idea of bringing colt to U.S., may runhim in February stakes at Santa Anita.
Queen Elizabeth,who has more than mere passing interest in Thoroughbreds, topped all otherBritish owners in winnings for British flat racing season, adding $174,191 toroyal coffers with 30 victories. Champion jockey: Australian Arthur (Scobie)Beasley, with 173 winners.
Jim Bryan,cigar-chomping dirt-track king, squeezed his power-throbbing Offy into leadwith little more than mile to go, held off Pat O'Connor in stirringwheel-to-wheel duel to win 100-mile Bobby Ball Memorial in 1:09:46 and naildown his second USAC championship at Phenix (see page 68).
Bob Welborn.slender, crew-cut ex-jalopy racer from Greensboro, N.C., once again proved tobe best driver on NASCAR convertible circuit, piling up 9,364 points for title.Other NASCAR champions: Ned Jarrett, husky 25-year-old Newton, N.C. lumber andgrain broker, sportsman division; Ken Marriott, lanky 37-year-old Baltimoretruck driver, modified division.
Carroll Shelby,heavy-footed Texan, was hooked up in fight of his life until he skidded his 4.5Maserati ahead of young homebred Dan Gurney, in 4.9 Ferrari, on 17th lap.maintained pressure and 87.8-mph average to win 25-lap feature in year's finalsports car race at Riverside, Calif. (see page 68).
New York Rangers, with rookie Goalie Marcel Paille kicking out shots like hismajor league life depended upon it, achieved near double miracle, beatingMontreal twice 4-2, 4-2, to move into NHL lead by single pointover Canadiens,whosorely missed Maurice (Rocket) Richard, sidelined for at least five weeks bycut Achilles tendon suffered in 4-2 victory over Toronto. Boston Bruinsoutskated Chicago 5-2, Toronto 4-2, played 2-2 tie with Maple Leafs to sharethird place with Black Hawks.
Boston continued to set merry pace in NBA Eastern Division, running unbeatenstring to 11 by beating Minneapolis 107-104 and Philadelphia 111-89 as Big BillRussell outdefensed Warriors, grabbing 49 rebounds for NBA record and holdingNeil Johnston scoreless from field. Syracuse was only other Eastern team to winas New York and Philadelphia went into losing tailspin. In West Detroit got offon winning kick, held slender edge over St. Louis.
Australian Davis Cup selectors, embarrassed by their talent-rich position,picked Ashley Cooper, Neale Fraser, Mal Anderson, Mervyn Rose and Roy Emersonfor squad to defend in Challenge Round, still had one more spot to fill.Meanwhile, Cooper, regarded as sure pop for No. 1 singles berth, hardly raisedsweat as he hustled through New South Wales tournament at Sydney, easilybeating Fraser 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in final, as U.S. team, which still has to getpast Philippines and Belgium, watched from sidelines.
U.S. jumpers, guiding their mounts smartly and efficiently over obstacles, wonsix events to five for runner-up British, pranced off with 120 points and teamtrophy in National Horse Show at New York's Madison Square Garden (see page 62)before moving on to try their luck in Royal Agricultural Winter Fair atToronto. Top individual: America's graceful Hugh Wiley aboard his palominoNautical, who edged Britain's leathery-faced Ted Williams, 59 points to 57. AtToronto, Charles Dennehy and Pillbox got U.S. off and running with faultlessperformance in opening event, but dashing Irish riders won jumpoff with Englishand Mexicans to take second-night honors.
Bill Maybury's sleek-stepping Galophone, second-ranked only to now-retiredScott Frost, had busy (and profitable) week at Hollywood Park, opening with1½-length victory and closing with head triumph over Demon Rum in second andthird legs of $75,000 American Trotting Classic. But biggest news was providedby Widower Creed, 4-year-old black beauty, who sneaked past favored Dottie'sPick going into Stretch, held on grimly to win second leg of $75,000 AmericanPacing Classic and pay off to tune of 93-1, highest in Western Harness RacingAssn. history.
HONORED—Howard P.(Cub) Buck, one time monstrous U. of Wisconsin tackle (1913-15) who threw his280 pounds (and his opponents) around with bearlike abandon, later one-man gangfor Green Bay Packers (1922-25); by induction into Wisconsin Athletic Hall ofFame, at Milwaukee. Now relatively slimmed-down (to 219 pounds) Rock Island,Ill. auto dealer. Buck was genuinely pleased over his selection but modestlyspeculated: "I am sure somebody made a mistake. I don't think I deserveit."
ELECTED—TonyCanadeo. line-crunching Green Bay Packers' fullback (1941-52); Lou Groza,hulking Cleveland Browns' kicking specialist (1946-57); Elroy (Crazy Legs)Hirsch. agile, pass-snaring halfback-end for Chicago Rockets (1946-48), LosAngeles Rams (1949-57); Doak Walker, sticky-fingered pass receiver and accurateplacement kicker for Detroit Lions (1950-55); Ed Sprinkle, handy all-roundtackle-guard-end for Chicago Bears (1944-55); to Helms Hall Major LeagueFootball Hall of Fame, at Los Angeles.
ELECTED—HaroldSargent, 44, working pro at Atlanta's; East Lake Country Club, son of GeorgeSargent, 1909 U.S. Open champion and PGA president from 1921 to 1926; presidentof PGA, at Long Beach, Calif.