Football howls competed freely with wassail bowls in annual New Year's Day hangover from 1957 season but biggest "K" for effort went to Oregon's inspired and game Ducks, who stubbornly battled Ohio State right down to wire before losing 10-7, when substitute Halfback Don Sutherin confidently kicked 34-yard field goal in last quarter of Rose Bowl game at Pasadena (see page 42). Navy's merry sailors had another time of their lives in Cotton Bowl at Dallas, parlaying Tom Forrestal's compass-point passing and lithe-footed running of Ned Oldham, Harry Hurst and Roland Brandquist into 20-7 victory over fumbling Rice team. At Miami's Orange Bowl, Oklahoma was outgained by Duke, suffered 150 yards in penalties, but caught fire in last quarter to score three touchdowns in seven minutes, finally overwhelmed Blue Devils 48-21. At New Orleans' Sugar Bowl, Mississippi's unheralded Quarterback Ray Brown shone like diamond in rough in 39-7 triumph over Texas. In lesser games, Texas Southern put together three safeties to tie Prairie View A&M 6-6 in Prairie View Bowl at Houston; Louisville took to air to defeat Drake 34-20 in Sun Bowl at El Paso; East Texas State edged Mississippi Southern 10-9 on Neal Hinson's 31-yard field goal in Tangerine Bowl at Orlando, Fla.
Detroit's trigger-armed Tobin Rote picked up where he left off in pro playoff, tossing five touchdown passes to Los Angeles' Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirseh, New York's Kyle Rote, San Francisco's R. C. Owens and Joe Perry (who scored three more on short plunges) to lead Hawaii All-Stars to 53-34 win over College All-Stars in Hula Bowl at Honolulu. Best bets for overwhelmed collegians: Texas A&M's John Crow and-Michigan State's Walt Kowalczyk, who hammered pro line for five touchdowns between them.
Ray Richards, affable oldtimer who has spent considerably more than half his 50 years in football, became first NFL casualty, resigning as head coach of Chicago Cardinals "for the best interests of everyone concerned." Cards, rated off 1956 performance, were expected to be threat for Eastern Division title, wound up with 3-9 record when management failed to provide Richards with talent.
January 13, 1958
Zora Folley, stand-up Chandler, Ariz, heavyweight ranked No. 2 by NBA, toyed with willing but in-over-his-head Garvin Sawyer, put together knockdown combinations in eighth and ninth to win 10-rounder at Washington, D.C. Victory prompted NBA Secretary Fred J. Saddy to suggest bout between Folley and top-ranked Eddie Machen, winner to meet Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson. Reasoned Saddy: "With complications involving the champion [Cus D'Amato's unwillingness to do business with IBC fighters], there is no reason why those who are listed as contenders should be searching in the backwoods for competition while avoiding each other."
Larry Boardman, onetime bang-bang lightweight from Marlborough, Conn, who got freeze-out treatment and then found himself in losing streak just about same time Blinky Palermo was eliminated from his "strategy board," bounced back from early knockdown to put away Peter Schmidt with sizzling right to head (see below) in sixth at New York. Eager once again, Boardman reflected: "I want to be the fighter I was before I got disgusted because I wasn't getting anywhere."
Walter O'Malley, rapidly finding out that there is no homelike place for his transplanted Los Angeles Dodgers, got the word on his hopes for promised new stadium at Chavez Ravine: voters will decide in California primary election June 3. Meanwhile, O'Malley, who may have slightly overplayed his hand when he rushed Dodgers out of friendly confines of dreary old Ebbets Field, is still hopeful of playing 1958 home games in either Los Angeles Coliseum or Pasadena's sprawling Rose Bowl.
Kansas displayed evidences of brilliance in Big Eight tournament final, outscoring Kansas State 79-65 with help of Wilt Chamberlain's 38 points but saw winning streak go down drain three nights later when Chamberlain was sidelined by groin infection, and Coach Hank Iba's Oklahoma State team won 52-50 in overtime. Maryland also was tumbled from unbeaten ranks by Memphis State 47-46, absorbed second loss at hands of Clemson 73-66. West Virginia and Mississippi State held firm among undefeated, and North Carolina continued along comeback trail, beating Wake Forest 71-45.
Syracuse was playing best ball in NBA as Boston continued to act more and more like mere mortals. Nats, with old veteran Dolph Schayes heading ever closer to alltime league scoring record and just missing mark for consecutive foul shots, won three out of four, were only 5½ games behind Celtics, who split pair, in East. New York, although hit hard by injuries, held third over Warriors. St. Louis chugged along nine games in front of Cincinnati in West, losing to Philadelphia 95-93 and beating Detroit by same score as Bob Pettit, his broken hand protected by heavy cast, dropped in 26 points.
Lew Hoad, his big serve bristling in improved fashion, showed signs of giving Pancho Gonzales run for his money, breaking even in first four matches as new pro tour opened in Brisbane, moved on to Sydney. Hoad dropped first match, won next two before Gonzales evened score as overflow crowds brought cash-register smile to face of Promoter Jack Kramer
Alfred Neubauer, pudgy 66-year-old boss of Germany's great Mercedes teams who has had little to do since Daimler-Benz quit Grand Prix racing in 1955, finally gave up ghost and retired at Stuttgart. His reason: he felt superfluous.
Montreal Canadiens, rapidly turning NHL race into runaway, began week by displaying brawn as well as skill in list-filled 4-3 victory over Boston (see below), outskated Toronto 5-2, Detroit 2-1, New York 4-0 to stretch winning streak to six and lead over stumbling Rangers to 16 points. Chicago and Detroit perked up after acquiring new coaches, began move upward. Black Hawks, with Rudy Pilous at helm, won three out of four, were on verge of deserting cellar; Red Wings, spurred on by Sid Abel, moved past Toronto into fourth place, only point, behind Boston.
Harvard, rated one of East's better teams, invaded Midwest, quickly learned facts of college hockey life and became possessors of six-game losing streak. Minnesota, body-checking harder than Cantab Coach Cooney Weiland liked ("might as well use picks and shovels"), beat Harvard 7-2, 3-2, while Ivy Leaguers also lost to U.S. Nationals 9-3, North Dakota 5-1, Minnesota's Duluth branch 5-2, Michigan State 6-2. At Troy, N.Y., Rensselaer defeated Brown 4-1, Yale 6-4, played 3-3 tie with U. of New Brunswick to win own round-robin tournament.
Seaneen, Neil S. McCarthy's Irish-bred 4-year-old colt, barely beaten by Round Table week earlier, was jockeyed into full flight by Willie Harmatz as field headed into stretch, poured it on to hold off surging Porterhouse in $60,100 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita.
Gallant Man, near winner in last May's Kentucky Derby and one of 1957's top 3-year-olds, came up lame at Hialeah but was feeling better after Trainer Johnny Nerud sliced away infected area on left forefoot and is expected to be ready for hoof-to-hoof duel with old rival Bold Ruler in $100,000 Widener Handicap, February 22.
Charles Kalme, Latvian-born U. of Penn freshman, cleverly outmaneuvered six opponents before playing draw with Oklahoma's Dale Ruth in final match to win U.S. intercollegiate title by half point over Ford-ham's Anthony Saidy at Erie, Pa. (see page 44).
Northampton Town's lightly regarded third-division booters, beefed up by diet of sherry, eggs and steak, found strength to upset famed Arsenal 3-1 at London, knocking favorites out of English Cup competition. "A wonderful, wonderful day," exulted Northampton Manager Dave Smith as he and his squad swilled champagne in celebration of greatest victory.
Jim Venner of Plainfield, N.J. bounced his 300-hp Cadillac Crusader-powered Too Much at record average speed of 43.996 for 399 tough miles to win mishap-filled Orange Bowl nine-hour endurance race at Miami Beach after bristling tussle with durable Mrs. Katherine Parks, who drove without relief to finish second in 19-foot Prowlerette.
Roshan Khan, tireless 30-year-old Pakistani pro who spends most of his time coaching Pakistan Navy (which has more players than ships), had his feathers ruffled by American Amateur Champion Henri Salaun, pulled through safely 14-18, 15-7, 18-17, 18-16, to succeed aging Cousin Hashim (who did not defend) as U.S. open champion, at Detroit.
Cecil Smith, hard-riding Texan who long ago deserted range to become one of America's top malletmen, and Bob Skene, talented Australian who rides for San Mateo, Calif., were only active players ranked at 10 goals for 1958 by U.S. Polo Association in New York—Smith for 21st time since 1938, Skene for eighth time since 1951. Only other 10-goaler: onetime stylist Stewart B. Iglehart, listed as inactive.
HONORED—Nigeria's Hogan (Kid) Bassey, world featherweight champion; England's Denis Compton, talented cricket star; Wales's David James (Dai) Rees, gusty Ryder Cup captain; Australia's Walter Lindrum, greatest billiards player of his time; England's Jack Crump, longtime (until retirement in 1957) manager of Britain's Olympic track and field teams; for "services to sport," by Queen Elizabeth, in New Year honors list, in London. The awards: Bassey, Member of the Order of the British Empire; Lindrum and Crump, Officer of the British Empire; Compton and Rees, Commander of the British Empire.
DIED—Ezio Selva, 56, colorful Italian boat racing star who took up sport late in life, won his first race at age of 48, went on to hold 800-kilometer world championship; when boat flipped at 100 mph in Orange Bowl Grand Prix, at Miami Beach.
DIED—Ray T. Adams, 58, Washington, D.C. meat packer, sportsman, owner of North Carolina's exclusive Whalehead Club, shooting and fishing haven for selected guests; of heart attack, at Washington.
DIED—Frank Butters, 79, Viennese-born horse trainer who saddled Thoroughbreds for the late Aga Khan, scored his greatest triumph with Bahraim, winner of England's triple crown (Epsom Derby, Two Thousand Guineas, St. Leger) in 1935; at Newmarket, England.