RECORD BREAKERS—RON DELANY, running like a barefoot man on a hot tar road, whirled through 58.4 final quarter to set new world indoor record at 4:03.4 for mile (March 14), .2 better than Gunnar Nielsen's old mark (see below). Said Ron: "People expected me to break the record all year. I am not a machine. I can't be turned on and off. I just felt good at the end of three-quarters and I decided I could do it."
St. Louis Bud Weisers, rolling team series of 3,858, broke 21-year-old mark of Math Hermanns by 61 pins at St. Louis (March 12). Team consisted of Don Carter (754), Tom Hennessey (759), Ray Bluth (834), Dick Weber (775), Pat Patterson (736).
Tim Jecko, studious Yale junior, churned through 200-yard butterfly in 2:06.4 to create new collegiate record at Annapolis (March 14). Jecko, teammate Roger Anderson won three titles apiece as Yale took eight of 16 championships at Eastern Intercollegiate League meet.
Eddie Southern, Texas University's big runner, ripped off 46.2 quarter-mile to tie Herb McKenley's collegiate mark at Fort Worth (March 15). Southern also ran brilliant 45.8 anchor leg on mile-relay team.
March 24, 1958
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS—SOVIET-AMERICAN competition this year in freestyle wrestling, weight lifting, basketball, track has been virtually assured. Russia will compete in wrestling at Norman, Okla. April 11; at Stillwater, Okla. April 12; at Tulsa April 15, with fourth match pending. Weight-lifting matches are scheduled for Chicago May 12, New York May 16. American men's, women's basketball teams will play six games in Soviet Union, two each in Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi between April 26 and May 4. An American track team of 44 men, 20 women will compete in 32 events in Moscow, July 27-28.
BASKETBALL—TEMPLE, KANSAS STATE, KENTUCKY, SEATTLE won way into semifinals of NCAA tournament (see page 44) by winning regional titles. Temple, paced by Guy Rodgers, Mel Brodsky, Pickles Kennedy and stoop-shouldered rebounder Jay Norman, outshot Dartmouth 69-50 at Charlotte, N.C. for 25th straight win, will meet Kentucky, which routed Notre Dame 89-56 at Lexington, Ky. as Ed Beck contained Tom Hawkins to paltry 15 points. At Lawrence, Kans., Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 69-57, as Cowboys were unable to cope with high and mighty front line of Bob Boozer, Jack Parr and Wally Frank, earned right to face Seattle, which narrowly beat California 66-62 at San Francisco, with Elgin Baylor, Sweet Charlie Brown leading way.
Tennessee State successfully defended NAIA tournament title, defeating Western Illinois, which had won 27 in row, 85-73 at Kansas City. Dick Barnett, who scored 31 points for victors, was voted tourney's most valuable player.
BOXING—SUPREME COURT agreed to hear appeal of IBC (James D. Norris, president), co-defendants in antitrust conspiracy suit which Government won last March in lower court. Before court finally decides fate of Jim Norris and his friends (unlikely before next fall), briefs will be filed, arguments heard. Meanwhile, IBC will be carrying on business as usual at same old dubious stand.
Tony Anthony, slender Harlem light heavyweight, punching wisely and well, survived first-round knockdown (more a push, actually) to belabor hardy Yvon Durelle with artful flurries, floor him for two-count in sixth, triumph on TKO in seventh at New York as Referee Ruby Goldstein intervened (see below).
Holly Mims, wily Washington, D.C. middleweight recently returned to wars, dumped high-riding Spider Webb for nine-count in sixth round at Fort Wayne, Ind., boxed way to unanimous upset decision.
Art Aragon, bumptious Los Angeles Golden Boy, came back to Hollywood Legion Stadium after 15 months of legal difficulties, imitated action of tiger often enough despite professed lack of condition to bounce Chico Vejar off canvas for one-count in sixth, win 10-round decision.
Pete Rademacher, presumptuous businessman-boxer, challenged winner of April 9 Eddie Machen-Zora Folley fight to "prove myself, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a logical and fitting contender for the heavyweight title of the world." Added Pete: "If I am victorious, it will settle the hash and rehash of individual and collective opinions, somewhat warped through tradition. Being a businessman, however, I would only, naturally, take this gamble, if it is such, with a reasonable guarantee."
HORSE RACING—MRS. ETHEL D. JACOBS' salmon and emerald silks were borne triumphantly on both coasts. On closing day of Santa Anita meeting, PROMISED LAND, top-weighted 4-year-old gray, outrun in first mile and half on Down Hill turf course, swung wide on far turn, collared Solid Son in stretch under Ismael Valenzuela's left-handed whipping to score three-quarter-length victory over strong-finishing Tall Chief II in $116,100 San Juan Capistrano Handicap. At Bowie, PAPER TIGER, chubby 7-year-old brown son of Stymie, came on resolutely in stretch beneath Jockey Howard Grant's flagging like his daddy used to do, to easily withstand challenge of Mr. Turf, win $28,450 Bowie Handicap by two lengths.
Round Table, Kerr Stable's big mahogany bay, with Jockey Willie Harmatz merely along for ride, swept by struggling Meeting at top of stretch to win mile-and-16th Challenge Purse, prep to this week's Gulf-stream Handicap, in track-record 1:41[3/5].
SKIING—NIKOLAI KAMENSKI soared 219 feet 10 inches, 223 feet 1 inch before 100,000 to win Holmenkollen special jumping event at Oslo, gave Russia first major jump title.
HOCKEY—DENVER, which had been beaten by North Dakota three times in four meetings during seasonal play, scored three goals in third period to rout Nodaks 6-2, win NCAA championship at Minneapolis.
Canadiens, despite fresh incapacitations (Jacques Plante, Tom Johnson, Dollard St. Laurent), won three of four, including victory over New York, which teetered on brink of clinching second, with pleasant prospect of avoiding awesome Habs in Stanley Cup first round.
BASEBALL—NEW YORK YANKEES got their innings in against Milwaukee Braves six sour months too late, winning 4-1 at St. Petersburg, NEIL CHRISLEY became latest phenom to appear on grapefruit circuit, slamming three home runs off good Detroit pitchers as Washington won 10-6 at Orlando. Williams-less Boston (5-2), San Francisco (5-1) led Meaningless League standings.
GOLF—DOUG FORD, rapid-playing pro from Mahopac, N.Y., emerged from season-long slump, gained tie for fifth in rain-delayed New Orleans Open (won by Billy Casper in sudden-death playoff with Ken Venturi), scored 10-under-par 278, aided by 55-foot putt on 72nd hole, won Pensacola Open.
Beverly Hanson, 33-year-old Indio, Calif. pro, kept herself warm with woolen long-johns, tapped out 72-hole total of 299, won Women's Titleholders championship at Augusta, Ga. (see below).
MILEPOSTS HONORED—BILLTALBERT, U.S. Davis Cup captain (1953-57), awarded Mary Chess Trophy as "America's most distinguished tennis ambassador"; in New York.
BORN—TO LEW HOAD, costly principal in Jack Kramer's road show, and wife Jennifer, their second child, second daughter (weight: 7 pounds 12 ounces); at Melbourne.
DIED—LEON CADORE, 66, former Brooklyn pitcher, who dueled with Boston's Joe Oeschger throughout 26 futile innings (contest ended in 1-1 tie after 3 hours 50 minutes of play on account of darkness); at Boston, May 1, 1920; of cancer, at Spokane.