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March 31, 1958
March 31, 1958

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March 31, 1958

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A worldwide roundup of the sports information of the week

RECORD BREAKERS—RINK BABKA, whalish (6 feet 5 inches, 245 pounds) USC senior, literally threw discus out of park at Victorville, Calif., scaling platter 198 feet 10 inches into ditch to better spectator Fortune Gordien's world record by more than 4 feet (March 22).

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Earlene Brown, pudgy California strong girl, heaved basketball 135 feet 2 inches, sent 4-kilo shot zooming 49 feet 6 inches to break two U.S. marks in national indoor championships at Akron. Other record breakers: Shirley Crowder of title-winning Tennessee State, who scissored over 50-yard low hurdles in 7 seconds; Shirley Hereford of Cleveland, who lunged 9 feet ½ inch in standing broad jump (March 22).

Swim records, as fragile as a crate of eggs in these days of chlorine-happy youngsters, took another beating abroad and at home. At Auckland, New Zealand's perky Backstroker Phillipa Gould, 17, wind-milled 100 meters and 110 yards in 1:12.52 on first lap of 440-yard medley relay to make two world marks obsolete (March 16). At Seattle, limber-armed Sylvia Ruuska, 15, hustled through 400-yard individual medley in 5:05.2 to better American standard, set bristling pace for U.S. record-breaking spree by Chris Von Saltza, 14, who free-styled 100 yards in 57.1, backstroked 200 yards in 2:23.6; Marianne Hargreaves, 16, who breaststroked 250 yards in 3:22; Nancy Ramey, 17, who splashed 200-yard butterfly in 2:21.9 (March 22). At Indianapolis, Indiana Freshman Frank McKinney Jr. covered 220-yard backstroke in 2:19.2 for U.S. record (March 16). At Santa Clara, Gary Heinrich, 17, broke high school standard with 4:39.9 clocking for 440-yard freestyle (March 21).

BOXING—VIRGIL AKINS, bewildered and even bewitched by Isaac Logart's fast hands and faster feet and looking every bit the part of 11-to-5 underdog in first five rounds, unaccountably found rival a sitting duck in sixth, dumped him twice before Referee Harry Kessler stopped welterweight elimination bout (see below) at New York's Madison Square Garden. Victory earned Bible-reading Akins title bout with Vince Martinez, probably in June, but he also picked up subpoena (along with at least a dozen others) from New York District Attorney Frank S. Hogan, who began moving in on boxing mob (see page 23).

TRACK AND FIELD—RON DELANY, Dublin's Loitering Irishman, with world-indoor-mile record (4:03.4) safely tucked away, contented himself with merely winning (for 24th straight time) in season's last meet at Cleveland, running down Maryland's Burr Grim at three-quarter mark to canter home in slowish 4:12.7. Other winners: Bob Gutowski, who soared 15 feet 4 inches (see below) in pole vault; Ohio State's Glenn Davis, who scuttled over 50-yard high hurdles in 6.1.: Polish Refugee John Mach, who ran away from two-mile field in 9:02.4.

Texas, with fleet Eddie Southern running wild as the wind in relays, piled up 81 points, finished far ahead of runner-up Abilene Christian (despite 10 points by Bobby Morrow, who won 100 in 9.6, ran on winning 440, 880 relay teams) in university division of West Texas Relays at Odessa.

FOOTBALL—U. OF PITTSBURGH, despite NCAA squeamishness (SI, March 3), following latest trend in college-pro relations, worked out deal with city's Public Auditorium Authority to make Pitt Stadium available to Steelers for home games. Said Pitt Chancellor Edward Litchfield: "I can see no threat to our amateur status from the use of these facilities...by professional teams. Let's be very realistic. Professionalism results from a depreciation of values of an institution."

BASKETBALL—KENTUCKY Stood at top of college basketball heap after squeezing past Temple 61-60, outscoring Seattle and fabulous Elgin Baylor 84-72 to win NCAA title at Louisville (see page 14), brought forth some tongue-in-cheek metaphor-mixing from crowing Coach Adolph Rupp: "We were just a bunch of ugly ducklings who weren't supposed to swim. We fiddled around all season until the tournament. Then we became violinists." In New York's NIT, low-ranked Xavier got high-class performance from medium-sized Playmaker Hank Stein (see below), caught fire in overtime to upset top-ranked Dayton 78-74.

Nashville business college put end to 131-game winning streak of Wayland College's glamorous Flying Queens, used basketmaking of 6-footer Nera White to out-hustle Iowa Wesleyan 46-40 for women's AAU title at St. Joseph, Mo., earn six places on 12-girl team which will tour Russia April 20-May 7. The squad: Nashville's Nera White, Peggy Tate, Shirley Byrd, Joan Brown, Joan Crawford, Margaret Hollaron; Iowa Wesleyan's Barbara Sipes, Sandra Fiete; Wayland's Kay Garms, Katharine Washington; Kansas City Midland Jewelry's Lucille Davidson, Edith Keaton.

Boston Celtics, hot-handed as ever, ran off three straight over Philadelphia 107-98, 109-87, 106-92 in Eastern Division final, headed for NBA title playoff with winner of St. Louis-Detroit series. In West, Hawks took first two from Detroit 114-111, 99-96, dropped third game to Pistons 109-89.

AUTO RACING—ENGLAND'S PETER COLLINS and CALIFORNIA'S PHIL HILL, hottest drivers on sports-car circuit, teamed up to push their shiny red Ferrari 1,040 miles at record 86.7 mph average, wheeled home well ahead of 40 other finishers in Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance (see pages 10 and 16).

GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER, muscular but erractic former U.S. amateur champion from Latrobe, Pa., careened madly from bogey to birdie over first three rounds, straightened out on final day to shoot scorching 65, win $15,000 St. Petersburg Open with 276.

BASEBALL—BOSTON RED SOX and SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS were leading leagues in exhibition play after two weeks, but springtime's most loaded bat belonged to Yankees' Mickey Mantle, who bit four homers in as many days, helped Casey Stengel's talented young men win three out of four before splitting pair with oldtime neighbors, Los Angeles Dodgers. Milwaukee's Lew Burdette made first appearance, pitched three shutout innings in 4-0 win over Pittsburgh.

HOCKEY—DETROIT protected third place with 4-2 victory over Montreal in closing game, won dubious right to meet fearsome Canadiens in Stanley Cup playoffs. Second-place New York faced fourth-place Boston. Montreal, which set season record for goals scored (250), also had top NHL scorer in Dickie Moore, whose 36 goals, 48 assists and 84 points earned him $1,000 prize.

FENCING—ART SCHANKIN slashed his way brilliantly through 21 winning sabre bouts, pulled Illinois ahead of eastern champion Columbia (see page 30) into first place in NCAA championships at Lubbock, Texas. Other individual winners: Wayne State's Bruce Davis, who repeated his 1957 victory in foil; Navy's R. R. Womack, épée.

HORSE RACING—ROUND TABLE, who has been piling up earnings almost as fast as one of Owner Travis Kerr's spouting oil wells, needed only slightest jostle from Jockey Willie Shoemaker to start zipping in stretch, equaled track record of 1:59[4/5] for 1¼ miles in $110,900 Gulfstream Park Handicap, stuffed another $70,900 into his saddlebag to increase boodle for 38 races to $937,964, moved ahead of Stymie into third place among alltime money winners.

Calumet's Tim Tam took page out of Silky Sullivan's well-thumbed book, dawdled along deep in ruck before turning it on to win $16,850 Fountain of Youth Stakes, last prep for Florida Derby, at Gulfstream, brought show of enough fresh money to rate boost to 2 to 1 favorite in Caliente winter book for Kentucky Derby.'

Silky, dropped to 5 to 2 in Alessio brothers' book, was hardly perturbed, showed still another talent in workout at Golden Gate Fields, breaking out of gate fast and sprinting five muddy furlongs in 1:00[4/5].

TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALES, his big game sizzling once again before southern audiences, won three out of four, completed uphill climb from 18-9 deficit to tie Challenger Lew Hoad at 21-21 in Promoter Jack Kramer's 100-match pro tour.

HANDBALL—JOHN SOLAN, young (22) Chicago hustler, handcuffed No. 1-seeded San Francisco Detective Bob Brady, backed into his first national championship when Jimmy Jacobs was forced to default because of back injury in final of handball's "world series" played in revolutionary new glass-walled court at Aurora, Ill.

BADMINTON—JUDY DEVLIN, bouncy 22-year-old Baltimore redhead with inherited skill at beating feathers off shuttlecock (her father, J. Frank Devlin, won world title six times back in late 1920s, early 1930s), cracked down on old rival Margaret Varner 11-7, 12-10 to win her third All-England and world championship in five years at London. But week's biggest eyebrow-lifter was served up by Erland Kops, Danish office worker, who upset perennial champion Eddie Choong of Malaya, went on to beat Countryman Finn Kobbero 15-10, 8-15, 15-8 for men's crown.

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED—OSCAR (Ossie) SOLEM, 66, college football's able but quiet man, onetime Minnesota star, longtime coach at Grinnell, Luther, Drake, Iowa, Syracuse and Springfield (since 1946); after 38 years, at Springfield, Mass.

DIED—CLAIRE McCARDELL, 52, America's leading designer of casual clothes for women who regarded Paris fashion as "confusing," believed clothing should be functional and free of fuss, first winner of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED-sponsored American Sportswear Designers Award in 1956; of cancer, in New York.

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THE RESULTS AT SEBRING

OVER-ALL PERFORMANCE (THE FIRST 25)

ORDER OF FINISH

CAR

CLASS-SERIES

DRIVERS

LAPS

1

Ferrari 250TR

D

Collins, Hill

200

2

Ferrari 250TR

D

Gendebien, Musso

199

3

Porsche 1,600 cc.

E

Schell, Seidel

193

4

Lotus MK XI

G

Weiss, Tallakson

179

5

Ferrari GT

9

O'Shea, Kessler

179

6

Lotus MK XI

G

Chapman, Allison

179

7

Ferrari GT

9

Arents Jr., Reed

175

8

OSCA

H

De Tomaso, De Tomaso

175

9

Lotus MK XI

G

Chamberlain, Frost

175

10

Porsche GT

6

Von Hanstein, Linge

174

11

Ferrari

E

Rubirosa, Helburn

172

12

Corvette

10

Doane, Rathmann

170

13

OSCA

F

Stetson, Beck

170

14

Austin-Healey

9

Geitner, Kunz

169

15

AC Ace

7

Goldman, Durbin

168

16

Alfa Romeo

E

Fuller, Tweedale

166

17

Austin-Healey

9

Kincheloe, Moore

166

18

Alfa Romeo

5

Van Beuren, Velasquez

165

19

AC Bristol

7

Woodbury, Dressel

162

20

Triumph TR3

7

Rothschild, W. Kimberly

160

21

Stanguellini

G

Haas, Ross

160

22

AC Bristol

7

Love, Jackson-Moore

159

23

Austin-Healey

9

Cuomo, Ehrman

159

24

Porsche 1,600 cc.

E

Behra, Barth

157

25

Porsche Spyder

F

Wallace, Holbert

153

INDEX OF PERFORMANCE

CAR

CLASS

INDEX

DRIVERS

1

OSCA

H

1.470

De Tomaso, De Tomaso

2

Porsche 1,600 cc.

E

1.408

Schell, Seidel

3

Lotus MK XI

G

1.389

Weiss, Tallakson

CLASS WINNERS (SPORTS)

CAR

CLASS

DRIVERS

Ferrari 250TR

D

Collins, Hill

Porsche 1,600 cc.

E

Schell, Seidel

OSCA

F

Stetson, Beck

Lotus MK XI

G

Weiss, Tallakson

OSCA

H

De Tomaso, De Tomaso

GRAND TOURING CATEGORY WINNERS

CAR

SERIES

DRIVERS

Corvette

10

Doane, Rathmann

Ferrari GT

9

O'Shea, Kessler

AC Bristol

7

Woodbury, Dressel

Porsche GT

6

Von Hanstein

Alfa Romeo

5

Van Beuren

Abarth-Fiat

3

Thiele, West