Dennis Dunham, 22-year-old switch roller from Grants Pass, Ore., was latest to put in bid for year's zaniest bowling record, shifting hands at 12-hour intervals as he monotonously knocked down pins for 61 hours until his weary legs gave out after 387 games at Medford, Ore. His average: 152 (Nov. 18).
Charles Curtis and Jack Marden, rubber-legged College of Pacific milers, running alternate quarters, doggedly legged it around track at Stockton, Calif. for 45:18.9 to break U.S. standard for seldom-run two-man 10-mile relay (Nov. 19).
Peter Matyukha, burly-muscled Ukrainian weight lifter, pressed 326 pounds at Kiev, was rewarded with new world middle heavyweight mark (Nov. 23).
December 2, 1957
College football continued to give out upset gasps as season headed into home stretch. Kentucky picked itself up after seven losses to knock Tennessee out of Sugar Bowl with 20-6 triumph while Duke, later selected to oppose Oklahoma (32-7 victor over Nebraska) in Orange Bowl, fell before North Carolina 21-13 and Rose Bowl-bound Oregon was set down by Oregon State 10-7. On more even keel, Iowa dumped Notre Dame out of its dreamboat 21-13; Rice beat TCU 20-0; Princeton outscored Dartmouth 34-14 for Ivy League title; Ohio State galloped over Michigan 31-14; Auburn defeated Florida State 29-7. Tradition dripped all over as Yale showed no mercy in 54-0 clobbering of Harvard; UCLA beat USC 20-6; Stanford squeezed past California 14-12.
Baltimore Colts overhauled San Francisco 27-21 in closing minutes, stood all alone at top of NFL Western Division after Chicago Bears surprised Detroit 27-7. In East, Rookie Fullback Jim Brown scored four times, bulled 237 yards for new league rushing record, carried first-place Cleveland to 45-31 victory over Los Angeles. New York Giants remained within reaching distance of Browns, outlasting Chicago Cards 28-21. Other results: Green Bay 27—Pittsburgh 10; Philadelphia 21—Washington 12.
Jewel's Reward, Mrs. Elizabeth Graham's jaunty bay, better known as Julius to stable hands, exploded out of gate under firm hands of Willie Shoemaker, skipped through sleet convincingly and insistingly to draw length ahead of challenging Nala for victory in $162,740 Pimlico Futurity. Julius picked up $115,347, nudged total for year (in five winning starts) to $349,642, most ever by 2-year-old colt and more than combined earnings of Man o' War, Nashua, Assault, Stymie, Hindoo, Seabiscuit, War Admiral and Exterminator at same age.
Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' Promised Land, sent charging through tight pack by rich little Willie Hartack in time to push neck in front at wire, won $57,500 Idle-wild Handicap at Jamaica to push Hartack's record stakes victories to 43, earnings of his 1957 mounts to alltime high of $3,022,276.
Bold Ruler, there with mostest when chips were down in hoof-to-hoof Trenton Handicap battle with Gallant Man and Round Table, was Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form poll's choice for Horse of Year and best 3-year-old honors. Other champions: Bayou, 3-year-old filly; Idun, 2-year-old; Nadir, 2-year-old colt; Dedicate, handicap horse; Pucker Up, handicap mare; Decathlon, sprinter; Round Table, grass horse; Neji, steeplechaser.
Billy Martin, petulant former Yankee whose after-hours exploits prompted his exile to Kansas City, turned up as key player in 13-man swap between Athletics and Detroit Tigers but showed little appreciation for role—unless he gets cut in for piece of cash. Others involved in king-sized shift: Outfielders Bill Tuttle and Jim Small; Pitcher Duke Maas and John Tsitouris; Catcher Frank House and two unnamed minor leaguers to Kansas City; Outfielders Gus Zernial and Lou Skizas; Pitchers Tom Morgan and Mickey McDermott; and Catcher Tim Thompson to Detroit.
Russian booters, beaten by Poland October 20 to force playoff, did not make same mistake again, striking accurately in each half to outkick Poles 2-0 before 110,000 who jampacked neutral Leipzig's Central Stadium, to qualify for World Soccer Cup championships in Stockholm next June (see page 20).
Rory Calhoun, young middleweight strong boy from White Plains, N.Y. who spends his off-training hours lolling around listening to Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, turned loose his own brand of symphony on Bobby Boyd, beating out heavy-handed rhythm to deck his china-chinned rival twice in 2nd round, last time for good, at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Kid Gavilan, mambo-stepping, old ex-welterweight champion who has heart set on winning back title stolen from him by Johnny Saxton in one of Philadelphia's smellier decisions, flailed away at stubby Walter Byars' body with reckless abandon to win 10-round decision at Chicago. But Byars, angered by several low blows as well as decision, was hardly impressed: "Gavilan is not going anywhere."
Mexico's Ricardo (Pajarito) Moreno unexpectedly found No. 2-ranked Featherweight Ike Chestnut foolishly willing to slug it out with him, responded in his fiercest free-swinging fashion to open deep gash under New Yorker's left eye, drew enough gore to force referee to stop bout in 6th round and send 10,000 fans at Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium into screaming frenzy for their favorite "Little Bird."
California State Athletic Commission Chairman Dan. O. Kilroy, who had stoutly maintained that Hurricane Jackson was "absolutely normal" in answer to criticism for sanctioning fight with Eddie Machen, last week played vastly different tune. Said Dr. Kilroy, in announcing that Jackson has been banned in California: "Little, if any, ability to defend himself...in essence, a human punching bag."
Boston Celtics, even without injured Bob Cousy, were no match for NBA rivals as Bill Sharman, Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey took up scoring slack, made cords whistle to overwhelm Detroit 112-90, Minneapolis 131-107 and run unbeaten string to 13, lead over Syracuse and Philadelphia to seven games in Eastern Division. Race was considerably closer in West, where St. Louis edged New York 118-115, Detroit 115-110 to hold first place over streaking Cincinnati Royals, who took three in row.
New York Rangers, enjoying their unaccustomed role of NHL leaders as they watched advantage over Montreal swell to four points, suddenly found Canadiens breathing down their neck at week's end when last-place Toronto upset them 5-1. Canadiens, hardly rattled, mowed down Boston 4-2, played 3-3 tie with Detroit to move within single point of top. Bruins and Chicago were tied for third, only two points ahead of Red Wings and three in front of Maple Leafs.
Whitby Dunlops, Canadian amateur champions, spotted visiting Russian all-stars two quick goals in opening minutes, then bewildered guests (and tickled 14,327 who crowded into Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens) with pattern passes, screened shots and hard but legal forechecks to win 7-2. Next day, Russians moved on to Windsor, played 5-5 tie with Bulldogs (see page 18).
Widower Creed, spunky black 4-year-old side-wheeler who gave West Coast aficionados shock of their betting lives when he won at 93-1 week earlier, showed he was no one day's wonder in final leg of $75,000 American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park, moving up on outside under determined drive by Jimmy Wingfield to win stretch duel with Dottie's Pick in 1:58 3/5.
Max Hochberg's Torpid, winner of just about, everything in sight (19 victories in 22 starts, including Yonkers Futurity, Little Brown Jug) and everybody's choice for 3-year-old Triple Crown until illness forced him out of $100,000 Messenger Stake, was voted 1957 Headliner Award, symbolic of Horse of Year, by U.S. Harness Writers Association in New York.
U.S. trio of Hugh Wiley, Charles Dennehy and Bill Steinkraus continued to amaze with their outstanding performances at Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto, guiding their jumpers to international team challenge trophy, but gave way to Britain's formful Ted Williams, Pat Smythe and Dawn Palethorpe in over-all point standings at end of eight-day show.
HONORED—Sugar Ray Robinson, articulate and skillful fighter, dancer, businessman, collector of boxing titles (he has held world welterweight championship, won middleweight crown four times); named to receive Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Award, for "outstanding contribution in the field of sports," at Daytona Beach, Fla.
DIED—Francis I. (Frank) Foreman, 94, second oldest living major leaguer (oldest: Dummy Hoy, 95) master of slow curve (he won 25 games for Baltimore in 1889), scorner of sore arms in true Oriole tradition ("a faint heart is one of the big causes of sore arms"); of heart attack, at Baltimore.