Dave Sime, built-for-speed Duke premed student who burst into spotlight at Washington's National Guard Armory two years ago, picked same boards for another record-breaking performance. Beaten by pint-sized Ira Murchison in 70-yard dash, determined Sime got off to rolling start in seldom-run 80-yard sprint, stretched his long legs faster and faster to edge Murchison by yard in 7.8 for new world indoor mark (see below), later won 100 in 9.7 (Jan. 25).
Hanif Mohammad, 23-year-old Pakistani batsman with endurance of camel, held firm at wicket for 16 hours 13 minutes to break world record (old mark: 13:20 by England's Sir Leonard Hutton against Australia in 1938) for marathon innings, slammed 24 boundaries, scored 337 runs, second only to Hutton's 364, in cricket test match against West Indies at Bridgetown, Barbados (Jan. 23).
February 3, 1958
West Virginia and St. John's were nation's only unbeaten major college teams after Boston College fell before St. Peter's of Jersey City 58-57. Mountaineers had things their own way in 109-84 victory over Fur-man while Redmen made it nine in row, rolling over St. Francis of Brooklyn 65-53.
Baskets were dime a dozen as world's best pros got together in St. Louis (see page 6) for annual NBA All-Star game but East had too many of them for West, pulled away in second half on clutch-shooting of Boston's Bob Cousy to win 130-118. St. Louis' Bob Pettit, who led all scorers with 28 points, was voted game's most valuable player. Following All-Star break, clubs resumed schedule and, at week's end, Boston and St. Louis were still teams to catch.
Round Table, who takes his workouts at Santa Anita these days, had one of his easiest and most lucrative canters in $156,990 Santa Anita Maturity, breaking alertly to front before field had chance to shake down and hoofing mud on rivals on way to 4½-length victory (see below). Racing's latest Mr. Moneybags earned $80,630, boosted his career haul to $769,934 and shot past Swoon's Son to become seventh highest alltime money-winner. Admitted Owner Travis Kerr: "I just have to pinch myself every now and then to believe we have a horse that great."
California money began to rustle restlessly once again and the gleam shone in many an eye after Old Pueblo, frisky unbeaten 3-year-old with yen for speed (see page 23), coasted home first in $22,500 San Vicente Handicap at Santa Anita for seventh straight.
Happy Hill Farm's Kingmaker, reveling in Hialeah slop, set spirited pace for top-weighted Iron Liege, who found 124-pound burden too onerous and could do no better than hang onto second place in $30,650 Royal Palm Handicap.
TRACK & FIELD
Track's first big weekend saw some stars shuttling between Philadelphia and Washington for delayed double-header, others content to get their kicks in just one meet. One of these was Villanova's imperturbable Ron Delany (see below), who shadow-stepped along behind Phil Coleman and Jim Beatty until ready to make move, then breezed home first in mile in 4:08.1 at Philadelphia. Another was Duke's Dave Sime, who took Western Michigan's Ira Murchison down peg or two with blistering sprint victory at Washington. Among other winners: NYAC's George King who won 1,000 in 2:13.4 at Philadelphia, took mile in 4:13.6 at Washington; Iowa's Charlie (Deacon) Jones, two-mile winner at Philadelphia in 8:58.6, his best time ever; Charlie Jenkins, back in form to capture 600 in 1:12.5 at Philadelphia.
Henri Salaun, skillful national champion from Boston who manipulates racquet as if it were another arm, displayed uncanny accuracy, incredible shotmaking to overcome Cal MacCracken 6-15, 15-12, 15-10, 15-8 in Harry Cowles invitation final at New York's Harvard Club. But there was still some cheer for 38-year-old MacCracken, who earlier in week won New York State championship for eighth time and played some of best squash of long career in upsetting second-seeded Diehl Mateer 15-10, 17-18, 12-15, 18-13, 15-13 in Cowles semifinal.
Major Leagues, pressured by Detroit Tigers, ducked territorial rule change which would have permitted city with population of 2 million or more to be invaded by another club with only permission of its own league; but Commissioner Ford Frick, who has power to decide in case of disagreement between two circuits, left door ajar for New York once again to be two-team city: "I shall always vote to keep New York open to the National League." One other indication of eagerness for New York to find replacement for Dodgers and Giants: National League invited Mayor Robert Wagner (or representative of his special baseball committee) to appear at July meeting in Baltimore to "advise as to progress made in making a park available if a National League club desires to locate in New York."
Washington Senators, who began spring cleaning as early as last May 7 when they fired Manager Charley Dressen, began pushing broom again, trading Infielder Pete Runnels to Boston Red Sox for First Baseman Norm Zauchin and Rookie Outfielder Albie Pearson.
Quarterback Tommy O'Connell, who pitched Cleveland Browns into NFL Eastern Division title and himself into role of league's leading passer (63 for 110 and 11.17-yard average) before he was laid low by fractured leg, quit to accept post as backfield coach at Illinois. O'Connell, medium-sized (5 feet 10 inches, 190 pounds) as pro backs go, reasoned: "Pro football is getting to be a big, fast man's game...and I'm not the biggest or fastest quarterback in the world."
Italy's Eugenio Monto and Renzo Alver√†, trailing Countrymen Marino Zardini and Pieto Sciopaes after first three heats, twisted and zipped down icy, mile-long Olympic run at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in record 1:14.28 to win world 2-man title with total time of 5:05.78. U.S., without veteran Stan Benham, who was sidelined by broken rib, received second blow when No. 1 team of Dick Severino and Clarence Sutton cracked up in third heat, had to be satisfied with 11th place by No. 2 combination of John Helmer and Charles Pandolph.
Mighty Little Willie, stylish 6-year-old black-and-white pointer owned by Perry Gray of Hillsdale, Mich., sniffed out three coveys and one single, came back to outperform three other finalists to win national amateur shooting dog stake at Hernando, Miss.
Lew Hoad, cranking up his big serve time and again to whistle ball past Pancho Gonzales, overpowered his opponent twice more (12-10, 6-4 and 12-10, 9-7) on grass at Perth, running winning streak to four and pro tour lead to 8-5. After time out for Melbourne tournament, Promoter Jack Kramer's 100-match safari moves to U.S. (at San Francisco, Feb. 8), where battles will be fought indoors on canvas-covered courts. Cracked Pancho: "If he keeps this up, he'll beat me."
Virgil Akins, once-mediocre St. Louis welterweight who has suddenly turned slugger, let wild-swinging Tony DeMarco punch himself out in early rounds, began firing his own bombs in eighth, handing ex-champion brutal beating before referee stopped fight in 12th before 11,833 at Boston. Victory assured Akins, recognized as "world" champion in Massachusetts, a berth in welterweight elimination tournament along with Vince Martinez, and Isaac Logart. For DeMarco, badly beaten too many times and suffering from "cerebral unbalance," there was only the hope that he would be smart enough to retire.
Middleweight Spider Webb, down for count of nine in each of first two rounds, caught Rory Calhoun with perfect right to jaw in fourth, followed it with two-fisted flurry to win by knockout at San Francisco (see page 10).
Featherweight Champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey, stung by left hook in first, had his troubles with Belgium's Pierre Cossemyns at Liverpool, but took 10-round decision in tune up for title defense against Mexico's free-swinging (and sometimes free-catching) Ricardo (Pajarito) Moreno in Los Angeles in March.
France's Guy Monraisse and Jacques Feret took turns piloting their Renault through weather-plagued 1,900-mile endurance test and over 655-mile Alpine course to first place in general classification and in their category for grand modified touring cars, took top honors in Monte Carlo Rally. Runners-up: France's Alex Gacon and Leo Borsa, in Alfa Romeo.
Ken Venturi, eager young San Francisco pro who once had Masters in palm of hand only to blow it, did no such thing in Thunderbird Invitational at Palm Springs, Calif., outshooting Jimmy Demaret and Gene Littler in pressure-packed last round to finish with 269, walk off with $1,500 and $4,500 automobile.
Mary Ann Downey, straight-shooting Baltimore amateur, ended eight-year quest for Helen Lee Doherty title, dropping eight-foot putt for birdie on 37th hole to defeat Canada's Marlene Stewart Streit at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Montreal Canadiens, so far ahead that it would take miracle to catch them, coasted along with 21-point lead in NHL, but Boston Bruins began to prowl, were within one point of third-place Detroit Red Wings and only two behind second-place New York Rangers as race for runner-up spot tightened.
American hockey fans, who can hardly tell Canadian amateurs from pros, were even more confused last week after 34-year-old Paul Lamirande, onetime New York Ranger defenseman and more recently with Quebec Aces, announced he will be reinstated as amateur in time to play with Canadian Nationals in would championships at Oslo, Feb. 28-March 9, but would revert to pro status immediately after tournament.
HONORED—Daniel J. Ferris, recently retired (after 30 years) AAU secretary but still active in position of honorary secretary; and Avery Brundage, former great all-round athlete, thick-skinned, outspoken president of International Olympic Committee; by Sportsmanship Brotherhood, in New York. Ferris, "a great amateur runner and a great runner of amateur sports," was given Annual Award "for exemplary sportsmanship"; Brundage was presented with John Perry Bowditch Memorial Award "for outstanding service to humanity."
HONORED—Carmen Basilio, scraggy-faced welterweight puncher who won middleweight title from Sugar Ray Robinson last September, will defend it against same fighter March 25 at Chicago; as "pro athlete of year" and winner of S. Rae Hickok $10,000 diamond-studded, gold-buckled belt, at Rochester.
MARRIED—Cornelius Vanderbilt (Sonny) Whitney, 58, millionaire industrialist-sportsman, horse owner (Fisherman, Career Boy), moviemaker (Missouri Traveler), cousin of John Hay Whitney, U.S. Ambassador to Court of St. James's; and Mary Lou Hosford, 32, attractive Phoenix socialite; his fourth, her second; at Carson City, Nev.; just a few hours after he had obtained Nevada divorce (despite restraining order issued by New York court) from the former Eleanor Searle.
DIED—Ward L. (Piggy) Lambert, 69, spare, shock-haired, longtime basketball coach at Purdue, where his team captured or shared 11 Big Ten titles, won 371, lost 152 in 29 years, among first to stress big man and helter-skelter fast break; of an embolism, at Lafayette, Ind.