Jack Regas, hard-driving little dynamo, used heavy foot skillfully and without fear, skip-roaring his coral-colored Hawaii Kai III (see below) through semidarkness over Seattle's lightly ruffled Lake Washington to break pair of world speed records for propeller-driven hydroplanes. Regas, getting most out of big boat, averaged 194.649 for kilometer to better mark set earlier in month by Canada's Miss Supertest, clocked slightly slower 183.350 for measured mile to haul down standard held by Slo-Mo-Shun IV (Nov. 29). Next day, Regas went record-hunting again, thunderboated mile at even faster 187.627 mph.
Roger Murphy of Oakland, Calif. was another who took dead aim at water speed mark, bouncing his aptly named Galloping Gael at 140.351 mph for measured mile, fastest ever for seven-liter craft (Nov. 29).
Bus Eaton, 35-year-old truck driver who started latest craze of marathon howling when he rolled 280 games in 49 hours 45 minutes last Oct. 20, took to alleys again, slurped beef broth and orange juice for 67 hours 15 minutes until "I gave out all at once all over," hoped he had put an end to pretenders by clicking off 425 consecutive lines at Portland, Ore. (Nov. 25).
December 9, 1957
Navy found dampish weather to its liking, scuttled Army's big guns while triggering one of its own (Captain Ned Oldham) to win 14-0 before 101,000 soaked fans at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium (see page 20), moved into Cotton Bowl berth against Rice, 20-0 winner over Baylor for Southwest Conference title. Mississippi, held to 7-7 tie by Mississippi State, and Southeastern Conference runner-up to unbeaten and untied (for first time in 44 years) although bowl-ineligible Auburn, which ran over Alabama 40-0, was picked for Sugar Bowl, where New Year's Day opponent will be Texas, 9-7 winner over Texas A&M (see below). But Aggies, who later learned that Coach Bear Bryant would soon be headed for Alabama, were tapped for Gator Bowl dale with Tennessee's Vols, who warmed up by beating Vanderbilt 20-6. In other big games, Notre Dame had no trouble with USC, winning 40-12; Oklahoma, rumbling again, raised its latest winning streak to two by routing Oklahoma State 53 6; Virginia surprised North Carolina 20-13: Georgia upset Georgia Tech 7-0.
Cleveland Browns, picking up favorite scent of familiar playoff dollars, inched ever closer to NFL Eastern Division title, beating Chicago Cards 31-0 on pitching of Quarterback Tommy O'Connell while San Francisco 49ers were wrecking New York Giant hopes with 27-17 victory. In West, Baltimore Colts held on to one-game lead when Halfback Lenny Moore and Quarterback John Unitas teamed up to beat Los Angeles Rams 31-14. Detroit Lions, who got in their licks in 18-6 Thanksgiving Day triumph over Green Bay, and San Francisco were still in running but had to catch Colts. Other results: Philadelphia 7-Pittsburgh 6: Washington 14-Chicago Bears 3.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats, with U.S. imports scoring all but two points, turned Toronto spectacle into joy ride, overpowering Winnipeg Blue Bombers 32-7 in East-West Grey Cup game (see pane 18).
Promised Land, spunky 3-year-old, showed little respect for his elders, responding willingly to Willie Har-tack's hand-ride urging in stretch to outrun trio of 4-year-olds (Tick Tock, Third Brother, Swoon's Son) over sloppy 1 3/16 miles in $50,000 Pimlico Special.
Oh Johnny, Mrs. Wallace Gilroy's sturdy 4-year-old colt, broke fast and smartly under Bob Ussery, who held him firmly in front for full 2 1/16 miles while rivals took mud in their eyes, to win $57,600 Display Handicap on closing day at Jamaica.
Jockey Robert J. Martin, 29, in and out of trouble most of his riding life and once (in 1951) suspended for 10 years (he was reinstated after four years) on charges of touting, was set down again, this time for 12 years, by Maryland Racing Commission on similar count after hearing testimony from Calvin Grier Jr., Elkridge, Md. businessman, who revealed Martin and ex-bookie friend Bernie Daily approached him with scheme for betting on horses.
Sam Griffith, onetime dirt-track auto racer who turned his love for speed and danger to boats, daringly hurtled his hand-fashioned 35-footer Doodle III through heavy seas roiled up and torn by winds up to 30 mph while Oilman-Owner James F. Breuil grimly held on for dear life, covered rough 198.2 miles from Miami to Nassau in 10 hours 42 minutes to win second annual powerboat race.
Willie Pastrano. quick-stepping young New Orleans heavyweight, who bows to few in boxing skill but rarely punches hard enough to hurt, held off Germany's crowding Willi Besmanoff with flicking left jabs, danced and bounced to 10-round decision at Miami Beach.
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, bulging all over at 199 pounds (although his weight was announced as 192), found another reluctant dragon in Portland, Ore., stalking one Roger Rischer for three rounds until he dropped him with left hook to jaw in fourth to win by kayo.
Jimmy Slade, light heavyweight cutie, had too much savvy for U. of Wisconsin's NCAA Champion Orville Pitts, who had previously disposed of three opponents by one-round knockouts, shrewdly moving in and out of range to take 10-round split decision at Milwaukee.
Willie Vaughn, busy California middleweight, had trouble getting away from mauling Ralph (Tiger) Jones, who has been seen on TV almost as often as some ancient motion pictures, in first two rounds but used his greater speed to outjab, outpunch, and outpoint his slowed-up rival in 10-rounder in New York.
NBA became latest to "urge" onetime No. 1 heavy-w-eight contender Hurricane Jackson, bruised and battered in his last two fights, to retire. Said newly elected President Gilbert H. Jackson: "It is the strong feeling of the NBA that to permit Jackson to continue to box is to make a mockery of the word sport. The boxer has demonstrated his deterioration, beyond which it would be inhuman to permit him to continue."
Mal Anderson, rising young Queensland racket artist, took Australian Davis Cup selectors off hook, methodically cutting down his doubles partner, hot-tempered Mervyn Rose, 7-5, 6-8, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 for South Australian title at Adelaide, appeared to be sure bet for singles berth, along with Ashley Cooper, now that second-ranked Neale Fraser is suffering from back injury. Meanwhile, U.S. Captain Bill Talbert, blessed with no such talent problem (see page 16), concentrated on getting past Philippines, named 34-year-old Vic Seixas and 29-year-old Herbie Flam for singles, Seixas and aging (44) Gardnar Mulloy for doubles.
AAU, meeting in annual convention in Washington, D.C., gave green light to dual meets between U.S. and Russia in 1958 and 1959 "if satisfactory arrangements [payment of expenses] can be worked out"; waved fond farewell to retiring (after 50 years) Secretary-Treasurer Dan Ferris, who will be replaced by longtime assistant Jimmy Simms, by naming him honorary secretary; elected Kellum Johnson, 53-year-old Dallas insurance executive, president to succeed Carl H. Hansen of Oakland, Calif. Delegates, acting on recommendation by Ferris, also voted to restore suspended Olympian Lee Calhoun to good standing next Aug. 9. Calhoun, 110-meter high-hurdle champion at Melbourne, lost his amateur eligibility last summer when he disregarded AMU warnings, was married on TV's gift-packed Bride and Groom show.
Max Truex, stubby little USC distance runner, had record-breaking week, breezing to NCAA crosscountry championship at East Lansing, Mich. in 19:12.3 and dashing over UCLA course at Los Angeles to take Pacific Coast Conference title in 20:32.6.
Montreal regained touch, and with it NHL lead as New York Rangers, unused to rarefied atmosphere of top rung, slumped badly, ran losing streak to four before turning on Detroit 5-1. Canadiens, with Jean Beliveau, Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard and Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion playing merry scoring tune, skated past Chicago 2-0, 6-1, Boston 4-1, enjoyed three-point lead over Rangers at week's end. Toronto became latest to assert itself, moving to within two points of third-place Boston after tying Detroit 3-3 and beating Bruins 3-2, Chicago 7-2. Red Wings and Black Hawks were hooked up in battle for cellar.
England outkicked France 4-0, sent 60,000 midweek fans at London's Wembley Stadium into gleeful hopefulness about team's chances in World Cup play next June. Reason: sturdy 23-year-old Bryan Douglas, who looked for all the world to be adequate replacement for aging (42) master footman Stanley Matthews as he bedeviled French with foot-fluttering artistry, bewildering body swerves and all-round skill.
New York Knicks, although still bumbling around in Eastern Division basement, became first to beat Boston 97-80, ending Celtic streak at 14, just one short of NBA record. Syracuse was next to turn trick, winning 118-109, but Celtics, marking time until magic-handed Bob Cousy's injury heals, hardly found cause to worry with 6½-game bulge over second-place Philadelphia. St. Louis, with sure-eyed Bob Pettit at his very best, began to move away from pack in West, knocking over New York 120-110, Detroit 121-110, Cincinnati 112-96, until Minneapolis, of all teams, halted parade with 118-113 victory. Cincinnati, however, was within reach of top after winning three, losing two in busy week.
Jerry Unser, free-wheeling pedal pusher from Albuquerque, zipped his 1957 Ford to front when Jim Bryan's Mercury blew distributor 10 laps from finish, roared home first in 3:08:20 to win 250-miler at Riverside, Calif. and USAC stock car championship. Indianapolis Winner Sam Hanks, honored by 18,000 in his last race before retirement, was third, behind Billy Garrett of Burbank, Calif.
St. Louis Falstaffs, faced with 522-point deficit at end of first 12 games, took to home alleys for last 12 of series, sent pins clattering in all directions to beat Chicago Reserves 24,801 to 23,941 for national match game championship at St. Louis.
BORN—To Parry O'Brien, two-time Olympic shotput champion, first to crack 60-foot barrier, world record holder at 63 feet 1¾ inches, and wife Sandra: a daughter, their first child; at Santa Monica, Calif. Name: Shauna. Weight: 8 pounds 13 ounces.
HONORED—Sam Snead, easy-swinging golf pro who won his first title in 1936, has since scooped up every major championship but U.S. Open; named to receive Metropolitan Golf Writers' Association's Gold Tee, given annually to person "who has done the most for the sport during the year," in New York.
DIED—Charlie Sidwell, 25, fancy-stepping William and Mary All-Southern Conference halfback who was voted "best back to play against Navy in 1956," rushing and punting star of this year's team until he quit after seventh game because he had "lost incentive"; in auto crash, near Richmond, Va.
DIED—Oliver Parker McOomas, 62, philanthropist, civic leader, president of Philip Morris, Inc. since 1949, a judge in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S 1957 Silver Anniversary All-America awards survey; after operation, in New York.