TRACK & FIELD
This is an article from the Feb. 10, 1958 issue
Herb Elliott, skinny-legged, 19-year-old Australian Wunderkind, bucked headwind in stretch to beat Merv Lincoln to tape over Melbourne's rain-softened Olympic Park track, won mile run in 3:58.7 for second sub-four-minute performance in week (see page 16). Lincoln finished two yards back in eminently respectable 3:59. Said World Record Holder John Landy: "A wonderful run."
Ron Delany, delicate-stepping, self-styled lazy Irishman, dawdled just off pace until final furlong, when he hustled by Jim Beatty to win Hunter Mile at Boston Garden by 20 yards in 4:05.3. Other Boston AA winners: Dave Scurlock, North Carolina, 1,000-yard run in 2:11.1; Charlie Jenkins, Villanova, 600-yard run in 1:10.9; Charlie (Deacon) Jones, Iowa, two-mile run in 9:01.1; Charlie Pratt, Philadelphia Pioneer Club, 45-yard high hurdles in 5.6.
New York City, with grand (or grandstand) gesture, welcomed National League team to its considerable bosom. Said Mayor Robert Wagner: "The commitment is here as far as the city is concerned. Now it's up to the National League." But National League did not R.S.V.P. just for moment.
Ford Frick, allowing that fan poll "has been a joke in recent years," announced new procedure for selecting annual All-Star teams. Frick's plan—advocated by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (July 9, 1956)—provides that each player vote for all-opponent team in his own league: man can't vote for himself, alas, or for teammate.
Yvon Durelle, a crude but violent light heavyweight from Baie St. Anne, New Brunswick, was declared TKO winner over Clarence Hinnant (subbing for grippe-stricken Tony Anthony) in seventh round at New York, when Referee Harry Kessler hastily intervened to save distressed Clarence from further pummeling. Complained Durelle: "In Canada they wouldn't have stopped it. They likes murder."
Archie Moore, that gaudy old traveling man and light-heavyweight champion of the world, knocked out Portuguese Title-holder Julio Neves with sneak hook in third round of nontitle bout at Rio de Janeiro.
Coaches' musical chairs game continued at merry pace during week, to wit:
Clay Stapleton, 36, assistant coach at Oregon State, moved over to Jim Myers' old job as head coach at Iowa State for $14,000 annual salary, same as Myers'.
Ray Nagel, 30, UCLA aide, assumed Cactus Jack Curtice's former chair at Utah, with announced salary of $12,000, about $2,000 less than Curtice received.
Buck Shaw, 60, stepped down as head coach of Air Force Academy because business commitments in California precluded his spending more than five and a half months a year on job. Air Force brass promptly named BEN MARTIN of Virginia to post (see right).
National Football League, meeting in Philadelphia, abandoned bonus-choice plan because of inability to agree upon selection method which did not resemble a lottery, a practice frowned upon by congressional committee investigating professional sports. NFL also reaffirmed controversial TV policy (75-mile blackout for all games).
Germany's No. 1 and No. 2 four-man sleds, piloted by HANS ROESCH and FRANZ SCHELLE respectively, swept world championships at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, finishing one-two ahead of Italy's No. 1 sled, steered by Marino Zardini. Roesch roared down mile-long, 16-turn Olympic course in near-record 1:11.70 on last of four runs for 4:49.33 aggregate. Italy's No. 2 sled, piloted by Eugenio Monti, was disqualified after several Italian team members were caught on course at midnight before race day, sweeping off unpacked snow. "We Italians prefer icy tracks," admitted a chagrined Monti.
Willie Shoemaker, the little man in the size 1½ boot, became seventh jockey in history to ride 3,000 winners (others: Johnny Longden, Sir Gordon Richards, Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson, Johnny Adams, Ralph Neves) when he closed fast to bring Eternal Pere, a 4-year-old bay gelding, home first in $4,500 claiming race at Santa Anita.
Stephanotis, Hasty House Farms' 5-year-old Irish-bred bay, made his move entering final turn, then set out overland to collar leaders in stretch, win mile-and-three-sixteenths $35,050 Bougainvillea Turf Handicap at Hialeah by length from English-bred stablemate, Mahan. Victory was Jockey Bill Hartack's first stakes triumph of 1958.
Juan Manuel Fangio, regaining his imperturbable—and winning—ways after embarrassing encounter with post last week (see page 29), won 175.2-mile City of Buenos Aires Grand Prix in his Maserati with average speed of 66.29 mph across rain-slicked track. Stirling Moss of England was involved in two-car smash-up on first turn when his Cooper Climax was hit by specially converted Chevrolet driven by Argentina's Jesus Ricardo Iglesias. Fumed Moss, who was uninjured: "The fool was driving too fast."
Duke and Pittsburgh tumbled last two major college unbeaten teams, turned race for No. 1 into free-for-all. Duke upset West Virginia 72-68, while Pittsburgh trounced St. John's 86-73, showed way to Temple, which also beat Redmen 81-58.
Philadelphia, all hands hot, stretched win streak to four, including first home defeat for Boston in 18 games, crept closer to Syracuse in battle for second. In West, St. Louis began to crack, dropped fifth of seven games since All-Star break, but still held seven-game lead over Cincinnati.
Carousel, Ash Brown's 40-foot Class C sloop, made good use of 57-hour handicap, stuck close to rhumb line, won over-all honors in 1,430-mile San Diego-Acapulco race (see page 12) with corrected time of 8:12:02.
Comanche, Jack Price's 40-foot yawl, nipped Finisterre by eight seconds on corrected time to win over-all title in Lipton Cup race off Miami Beach (see below).
Josl Rieder, Austrian hotel clerk, defeated compatriot Toni Sailer by .7 second to win world slalom championship at Bad Gastein. Chick Igaya of Japan was third, America's Buddy Werner a surprising fourth.
Canadiens, cast in plaster much of season, carted Wingers Geoffrion and Olmstead off to infirmary, went about chores of defeating Detroit, Boston, Chicago to build NHL lead to 24 points.
INJURED—ROY CAMPANELLA, 36, roly-poly Los Angeles Dodger catcher; with fractured neck vertebrae, partial paralysis, infection in right lung, when his automobile overturned on slippery road (see page 23); at Glen Cove, N.Y.