Jon Konrads, 15, barrel-chested, blue-eyed, crew-cut and latest of Australia's flipper-footed supernovas, who blazoned into swimming spotlight with world record-breaking freestyle performances at 800 meters and 880 yards, continued his sensational thrashing in New South Wales championships at North Sydney's Olympic pool, swooshing to four more world marks: 4:25.9 for 400 meters and 440 yards (Jan. 15); 2:04.8 for 200 meters and 220 yards (Jan. 18). Konrads, whose equally spritely sister Ilsa, 13, was busy clocking 4:59.9 for 440-yard freestyle in Victorian championships at Melbourne to become first female ever to break five minutes in three successive races, exulted breathlessly: "I feel on top of the world"—as indeed he was. Other record breakers in Aussies' greatest week: Brian Wilkinson, 19, who nuzzled into picture with 63.8 for 110-yard butterfly (Jan. 14); John Monckton, 19, who clocked 2:18.8 for 200 meters and 220 yards (Jan. 15).
TRACK & FIELD
Villanova's Ron Delany, trailing by 15 yards with two laps to go, quickly chicken-stepped past faltering field, pitter-pattered his way to 4:05 victory in mile to get indoor season off to rousing start at Boston (see page 10). Among other winners: Western Michigan's Ira Murchison in 50-yard dash (5.5); Winston-Salem Teachers' Elias Gilbert in 45-yard high hurdles (5.6); U.S. Army's Joe Gaffney in 600 (1:13.1); Yale's Tom Carroll in 1,000 (2:13.7); Iowa's Charlie (Deacon) Jones in two-mile (9:04.2); ex-Villanovan Don Bragg in pole vault (14 ft. 9 in.); ex-Morgan Stater George Dennis in high jump (6 ft. 9¼ in.); Boston AA's Hal Connolly in 35-pound weight (66 ft. 3 in.).
Wilt was back and Kansas had him so Jayhawks got back on winning path with victories over Colorado 67-46, Missouri 68-54 as Chamberlain scored 67 points to challenge Cincinnati's fabulous Oscar Robertson for major college scoring lead. West Virginia, top-ranked in nation, was still proving hard to catch, out-scoring Pitt 71-64 to stretch unbeaten string to 13. Kansas State, beaten only by neighboring Kansas, edged Oklahoma 64-60 while North Carolina State became latest to beat once-heralded North Carolina 58-57 before Coach Frank McGuire's team untracked long enough to win over Clemson 90-81. Temple also began to horn in on national picture, beating Penn and Gettysburg for 11 straight.
January 27, 1958
Boston came out of three-game losing streak to take three out of four, remained 5½ games ahead of Syracuse in East as Philadelphia squeezed past luckless New York in fight for third. St. Louis began to hit bumps in West but second-place Cincinnati also had its troubles and Hawks held lead at eight games. Detroit's George Yardley hit jackpot in 131-113 loss to Boston, scoring 51 points to tie Bob Pettit's one-game NBA record while Minneapolis Lakers, perked up by return of Johnny Kundla, who moved out of front office to replace Coach George Mikan, startled even themselves by winning two out of three.
Walter O'Malley, most frenetic of all Dodgers, continued his game of potsy in search for home base, made one last pitch for sprawling Los Angeles Coliseum after reluctantly announcing he would use tiny Wrigley Field. This time it worked (see page 21) and O'Malley began making plans to convert huge amphitheater into ball park (see below). Cracked Walter, who has visions of packing 101,528-seat Coliseum: "We're going to have the world's largest cow pasture."
Cincinnati Redlegs, getting restless lately over city's unwillingness to do anything about tight parking situation, received enough assurance to cause Owner Powel Crosley to shelve thoughts of moving: City Council adopted resolution of intent to spend $2 million for sites which would provide Crosley Field with 2,600 more parking spaces.
Britain's Stirling Moss, nearly sidelined two days earlier when wife Katie accidentally jabbed her finger in his left eye, discarded bandage, roared his Cooper-Climax around and around Buenos Aires Municipal Autodrome at average speed of 85.39 mph to finish ahead of Italy's Luigi Musso (in Ferrari), Britain's Mike Hawthorn (in Ferrari) and Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio (in privately-entered Maserati), picked up eight points in Argentine Grand Prix, first race for 1958 world driving championship.
Jack Curtice, merry Texan with corn pone sense of humor and flair for wide-open passing game, found West Coast bait (five-year contract at $19,000 per) too tempting to resist, decided to leave Utah, where he had led his Kokomos to national prominence, to try his luck at perking up sagging Stanford (see page 26).
Hialeah, looking more like Jamaica in November as chilled spectators bundled against weather, got off and running with more than usual share of action:
Encore. Brookmeade's 8-to-l shot, broke fast and clean, stayed on top most of way to outrun Iron Liege, Calumet's Kentucky Derby winner who was making first start since August 31, in $25,825 Royal Poinciana Handicap.
Alhambra, Fred Hooper's strapping brown son of Olympia who was hottest 2-year-old at start of 1957 but faded near end, did little fading in $24,775 Hibiscus Stakes, wearing down Hubcap in stretch in winter's first major test for 3-year-old hopefuls.
Calumet, its saddle bag stuffed with brilliant 3-year-olds, turned loose two of its late-developing and brightest Derby prospects under guiding hands of Willie Hartack, gave Winter Book players food for thought. Kentucky Pride, prancing neatly and freely, buzzed to third straight victory while Tim Tam, another racy-looking colt, was just as impressive in year's first winning effort.
New York Rangers brought back Goalie Lorne (Gump) Worsley from Providence to replace jittery Marcel Paille, immediately went off on three-game winning spree to regain second place from Detroit. Montreal sailed along, helped Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion celebrate his 200th and 201st goals by beating Boston 6-2 at week's end, were still 17 points ahead of pack. Boston made history by bringing up Quebec's Billy O'Ree, first Negro to play in NHL.
Austria's Anderl Molterer, fondly called "White Blitz of Kitz," sailed confidently down icy slopes to win downhill in 2:40.7, next day twice darted through slalom gates in 2:03.5, completing rare double to capture international Hahnenkamn races at Kitzbuehel. America's Bud Werner, surprise Lauberhorn winner week earlier, finished seventh in combined standings. Women's champion: Norway's blonde Berit Stuve, who placed fourth in downhill, second in slalom.
"Don Carter is finished."
The thought, if not the words, swept like brushfire through huge Minneapolis Armory Sunday night as 16 of country's best bowlers squared off for final four games of exhausting 100-game All-Star Tournament, Wimbledon of bowling. A voice from SRO crowd of more than 2,700 boomed, "Come on, Don, you're still in it," but voice carried more hope than conviction. A California sportswriter prepared a hold-for-release story which began, "In a stunning upset, Don Carter lost..."
There was reason to believe that 31-year-old Carter, only man in history to have won three All-Star championships, would not triumph this time. By Sunday morning, fourth day of four-day finals, he had built up a strong lead. But then he lost four straight games to Bill Lillard of Chicago and, in round just before championship playoff, dropped two more to last-place Chuck Hamilton of Chicago. Now, with just four games to go, he was in second place, 30 pins behind amazing Buzz Fazio of St. Louis, a 50-year-old grandfather who had rolled sensationally to vault from ninth place into lead.
Fazio, 5 feet 6 inches and a wiry 140 pounds, jumped and shouted after releasing each ball. One of bowling's great showmen, he had most of crowd on his side. Carter, 6 feet 1 and 195 pounds, exhibited no emotion whether he got good breaks or bad. He made it clear he was there to bowl, to win, period. He neither smiled nor groaned as Fazio opened with seven strikes in a row—enough to make almost any opponent crack. Instead, relentless and icy as wind whipping Minneapolis streets, he pounded out strikes himself.
Fazio won that game 245 to 227, to go 1:48 Petersen Points ahead (under Petersen scoring system bowler gets one point for each game won and one for each 50 pins knocked down). But Carter, like a machine, churned on—and Buzz could not keep up the pace. Don took the second, 236 to 189, reducing Fazio's margin to a single pin. Then he put finishing touch with 212-168 pasting. Last game also went to Carter, 194 to 193. Thus Carter scored fourth—and most spectacular—All Star victory. It was all the more impressive because only month before he had easily defeated an equally strong field in similar 100-game match test—the World Invitational in Chicago—and many experts wondered whether any individual was strong enough to take physical and mental strain of two successive championship events. He won $5,000 prize money in each. And, although at times he showed signs of tiring, he averaged 210.5 in the All-Star, one of highest marks in the tournament's 17-year history.
Vince Martinez, rarely a tiger, gave top-drawer impersonation of Olympic sprinter as he backpedaled and, at times, even ran to escape bustling Gil Turner (see below), finally was forced to hold still and punch in 10th, went on to take last three rounds and close decision in 12-round welterweight elimination bout as 7,100 Philadelphia fans booed Muggsy Taylor's first home-town promotion in nearly three years.
Archie Moore, peripatetic old light heavyweight champion who will go most anywhere to pick up stray dollar, weighed in at bulging 190½ but didn't let excess poundage keep him from toying with Brazil's Luis Ignacio to win nontitle 10-rounder before 18,000 (who provided $22,000 for Archie's personal pension plan) at S√£o Paulo.
Tommy Tibbs, eager-beaver young featherweight, had trouble finding wily Willie Pep in early rounds but caught up to still artful dodger (see below) often enough to win 10-round decision at Boston. His 21-fight winning streak smashed, Pep allowed as how Tibbs was "more than I bargained for," but he had no thoughts of retiring. Said admiring Tibbs: "No matter what they might tell you about Pep being over the hill, he's the smartest boxer I ever fought."
Middleweight Champion Carmen Basilio, busy (rodding banquet circuit while waiting for Sugar Hay Robinson to make up his mind about return match, got the good word. Robinson has agreed to IBC terms, will try to win crown for fifth time at Chicago Stadium March 25. Terms: 30% of gross for each fighter; theater TV with 75-mile blackout in Chicago area and guarantee of $275,000 by TelePrompTer.
ELECTED—Jack Regas, California's pint-sized but rough-and-ready Driver of Year who gunned Hawaii Kai III to world record of 187.627 mph; Ezio Selva, daring Italian champion whose brilliant career and life ended in Orange Bowl crash last month; Edgar (Tiger) Petrini, rising youngster (see above) whose feats have put him in class with his elders; among 16 named to Gulf Marine Racing Hall of Fame, for "achievements in events sanctioned by APBA," in New York. Others: Craig T. De Wald of Reading, Pa.; Don Dunnington of Bethesda, Md.; David (Randy) Eastburn of Newark, Del.; Glenn Forcier of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Raymond W. Lynn of Philadelphia; Frederick C. Moore of Miami; Ron Musson of Akron; Donald R. Rimbach of New York; Bill Ritter of Hallandale, Fla.; Weldon E. Ropp of Miami; Edward J. Sonoras of Monroe, Mich.; Bill Tenney of Crystal City, Minn.; Edain Wulf of Amityville, N.Y.