Cleveland Browns,beaten by Detroit 20-7, backed into NFL Eastern Division title after Pittsburghupset New York Giants 21-10, but biggest coup was engineered in San Francisco,where 49er Rookie Quarterback John Brodie tossed 14-yard scoring pass to HughMcElhenny, with 46 seconds lo go, to overhaul Baltimore 17-13 and throw WesternDivision standings into three-way tie for first (see page 14). Other results:Los Angeles 42-Green Bay 17; Chicago Bears 14-Chicago Cards 6; Washington42-Philadelphia 7.
Notre Dame fairlybristled as it outroughed and outscored SMU 54-21 at Dallas but couldn't stoptalented Mustang Sophomore Don Meredith from completing seven of 15 passes fornew national accuracy record of .696. At Miami, another amazing sophomore,Miami's little Fran Curci, pitched and ran Hurricanes to 28-13 victory overdisappointing Pitt.
All-Americaselectors, puffed up with season-end football intelligence, engaged in annualname-dropping free-for-all, managed to agree unanimously on Texas A&MHalfback John Crow and Auburn End Jimmy Phillips. Herewith consensus of topseven teams—AP, UP, INS, NEA, NBC, Look (Football Writers Association),Football Coaches Association: Phillips and UCLA's Dick Wallen, ends; Iowa'sAlex Karras and Kentucky's Lou Michaels, tackles; Oklahoma's Bill Krisher andOhio State's Aurelius Thomas, guards; Michigan State's Dan Currie, center;Crow, Michigan State's Walt Kowalczyk, Rice's King Hill (NFL bonus choice ofChicago Cards), Army's Bob Anderson, backs.
December 16, 1957
Frank Broyles,eager-beaver young (33) coach who learned his trade at knee of Georgia Tech'sBobby Dodd, became latest contract-jumper, leaving Missouri after one season onthree-year contract to succeed Jack Mitchell (who moved to Kansas), atArkansas. The bait: five-year contract at $15,000 per year. Most adept jumper:Paul (Bear) Bryant, who has been making vast checkerboard of coaching career,from Texas A&M to Alabama.
Pascual Perez,Argentina's busy little world flyweight champion, spent first two rounds tryingto solve Challenger Young Martin's puzzling southpaw style, finally sent overcrushing right, to jaw to win by KO in third before 50,000 at Buenos Aires.Gushed Perez: "I'm happy. Thanks to the Lord and the Holy Virgin I was ableto retain my title." Moaned Martin: "He hit me in the throat.. a truechampion."
Isaac Logart,Cuban welterweight ranked No. 1 by NBA, piled up points with accurate jab,solid left hook to earn 12-round decision over Gaspar Ortega in elimination forvacant world crown at Cleveland.
Welterweight ArtAragon, his conviction on fight-fixing charge reversed by District Court ofAppeals, was back in circulation again after Superior Court Judge Herbert V.Walker dismissed case "in the interests of justice" and CaliforniaState Athletic Commission promptly granted him license.
Britain's Stirling Moss, forced to borrow unfamiliar 3.5 Ferrari when Ruth Levywrecked his Aston Martin, warmed up by winning 100-mile Nassau Memorial, didsome expert throttle-tromping to outdrive Carroll Shelby, in 4.5 Maserati, forhis second victory in 250-mile Nassau Trophy race. Moss's average speed:101.603 mph.
Dollar signs were;sticking out all over week's Thoroughbred news, both here and abroad:
Year-endstatistics turned up fact that some 29,719,291 fans poured $2,266,812,454through pari-mutuel machines, giving 24 states whopping $165,501,735 in taxrevenue:
John W. Galbreath,millionaire owner of baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates and master of Darby DanFarms, who only last year purchased half interest in Swaps for estimated $1million, forked over another sizable sum (educated guess: about $500,000) toRex Ellsworth for other half:
Ellsworth, inturn, dished out $242,961 to good friend Aly Khan for 20 mares at Newmarket,England sales, where 949 head brought in $3,116,303.
Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Redlegs, eager to beef up pennant chances,were chief wheeler-dealers at minor league meetings (sec page 34) in ColoradoSprings. White Sox dealt off Outfielder Larry Doby and Pitcher Jack Harshman toBaltimore for Infielder Billy Goodman, Pitcher Ray Moore and Outfielder TitoFrancona, lent willing ear to Cleveland's ebullient Frank Lane, who gave themPitcher Early Wynn and Outfielder Al Smith for Outfielder Minnie Minoso andInfielder Fred Hatfield. Redlegs, long on power but short on pitching, tried toremedy situation, trading Outfielders Joe Taylor and Curtis Flood to St. Louisfor Pitchers Willard Schmidt, Marty Kutyna and Ted Wieand and Outfielder WallyPost to Phillies for Pitcher Harvey Haddix. Milwaukee also got into act,grabbing Pitchers Bob Rush and Don Kaiser, Outfielder Ed Haas from Chicago Cubsin exchange for Pitcher Taylor Phillips and Catcher Sam Taylor.
North Carolina,Kentucky and Kansas showed they would be hard to beat as college season gotunder way. North Carolina, unbeaten last year, coasted past Clemson 79-55 for33rd straight; Kentucky won three big ones over Duke 78-74, Ohio State 61-54,Temple 85-83; Wilt Chamberlain, his basket-stuffing better than ever, ledKansas to victories over Oklahoma State 63-56, Canisius 66-46, Northwestern71-65.
Boston Celtics,perked up by return of Bob Cousy, became pistol-hot again, running off fourstraight (see below) to all but hide from rest of Eastern Division, New Yorkalso got idea, won four in row to tighten up battle for second. St. Louis foundprosperity hard to take in West, dropped three straight as lead over Cincinnatishrunk to single game.
Montreal, with Dickie Moore supplying NHL's hottest stick, rolled merrilyalong, stretched lead over faltering New York to seven points as Boston came upto seriously challenge Rangers for second place. Toronto was fourth withDetroit and Chicago tied for last.
U.S. Davis Cuppers swept past Philippines 5-0 at Adelaide, made ready to faceBelgium in interzone final at Brisbane. Vic Seixas and Herb Flam, strokingswiftly and purposefully, polished off Felicisimo Ampon and Raymundo Deyro instraight sets in singles; Seixas teamed up with Oldtimer Gardnar Mulloy (seebelow) to crush same pair in doubles.