RECORD BREAKERS—GARY HEINRICH, flipper-footed Hayward (Calif.) H.S. youngster who is rapidly becoming one of nation's best Olympic prospects, hauled down still another U.S. interscholastic swim record at Santa Clara, energetically splashing 440-yard freestyle in 4:28.5 (May 9).
Russian weight lifters Stephan Ulyanov and VASILI STEPANOV huffed and puffed to new world marks at Alushta but were among missing when Soviet hefters (see page 27) arrived in U.S. for three matches against American muscle stretchers. Bantamweight Ulyanov lifted 241.5 pounds in two hands press, while Light Heavyweight Stepanov pressed 330.7 pounds (May 5).
Grigory Panichkin, hustling Russian heel-and-toer, gave able demonstration of man in hurry, wiggling to two world walking records in 48 hours. Panichkin ambled 10,000 meters in 42:18.3 at Stalinabad (May 7), two days later strolled 20 kilometers in 1:27:38.6.
BASEBALL—NATIONAL LEAGUE began to take on more familiar look as Milwaukee, with clutch-hitting assist from Catcher Del Crandall, swept pair from St. Louis, three from Cincinnati, moved into first place ahead of Pittsburgh and San Francisco. But both Pirates, with four straight over Philadelphia, and Giants, with streak of own against Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, stood ready to challenge Braves for lead. Chicago Cubs had misfortune to run into untracked Cards, bowed four times in row, slipped back to reality and fourth place.
May 18, 1958
New York Yankees, forced to sit idly by while rain fell, found Washington breathing ever so softly down their necks, so cooled off Senators by taking three out of four to stretch American League lead to 2½ games. Baltimore, Detroit and Chicago were on rise, began to make threatening signs, but Yankee pitching gave Casey Stengel comfortable feeling of security.
BASKETBALL—U.S. men wound up Russian invasion in flurry of baskets, piled up 101-58 victory over Riga, Soviet national champion, at Leningrad, to complete six-game sweep. Back home after adulation by admiring Russians. Coach Warren Womble had praise for his AAU stars, described Russians as "strong drivers." attributed their lack of success to fact they "did not have the same training or finesse" as Americans.
SOCCER—BRITISH soccer fans, among most understanding in world, were staggered by word that triumphant Bolton Wanderers, who beat Manchester United in Cup Final, were stoned and pelted with tomatoes and flour-bombs by teen-age hooligans as they passed through Manchester and neighboring Salford on way to home-town celebration.
Ecuador soccer fans, too, demonstrated their understanding, 10,000 of them cheering Vice-President Richard Nixon after touring U.S. executive, stoned by Communist-led student demonstrators in Lima, Peru, showed up for match at Quito. Grinning Nixon won "vivas" from crowd with frank admission that his grade-school teammates urged him to give up soccer because "I didn't know how to use my head."
GOLF—HARVIE WARD JR., baby-faced San Francisco amateur who was set down for year for accepting unauthorized tournament expenses from Employer Ed Lowery, is back in good graces of USGA, will go after his third U.S. Amateur title next September. Happy over reinstatement, Ward looked ahead to future but admitted, "I'm afraid I kind of let my game go to pot."
Julius Boros, phlegmatic 38-year-old who hadn't won since he took golfing's richest prize at Tam O'Shanter in 1955, holed 10-footer on final green to stave off Cary Middlecoff by single stroke, captured Hot Springs (Ark.) Open with 273.
BOXING—JOE BROWN, crafty old pro who packs punch of mule in both hands, let Challenger Ralph Dupas flit to his heart's content, finally caught dancing rival with jaw-jarring left hooks (see below), floored New Orleans dandy three times, retained lightweight title by TKO in eighth round before 11,000, who stuffed $68,740 into Promoter-Manager Lou Viscusi's bulging till at Houston. Reflected Brown: "He's a pretty good fighter, but I'm a better one."
Joey Giardello, fighting way back into middleweight contention, was at his counterpunching best against flailing strong boy, Rory Calhoun, bouncing muscular music lover to canvas in fourth and sixth before winning decision in non-TV 10-rounder which attracted 8,891 at San Francisco. Crowed Giardello: "My sparring partner was tougher."
HORSE RACING—SILKY SULLIVAN, third from last in Derby, was still first in hearts of $2 bettors, who turned out in droves to watch palpitating Californian breeze six furlongs in 1:15⅖ mile in restrained 1:44, in Pimlico workout for Saturday's Preakness, when he will seek to redeem himself against likes of Tim Tam, Lincoln Road, Noureddin, Jewel's Reward.
Idun, prize unbeaten 2-year-old filly of 1957, returned to races as 3-year-old at Garden State, coasted home by 7½ lengths under Dave Erb in 6-furlong Betsy Ross Trial for ninth straight victory.
Round table, strong-hoofed 4-year-old who has been almost as good a producer as Owner Travis Kerr's spurting Oklahoma oil wells, ran away and hid from nine second-rate rivals in $50,000 Caliente Handicap, added $31,800 to his earnings, joined Citation and Nashua as racing's only millionaires. His total: $1,005,764.
BOATING—YALE, helped along by brisk tail-wind and strong current, fought off challenging Cornell and Princeton, shot across finish line to win Carnegie Cup in 8:35.8, record for 1¾ miles on Princeton's Carnegie Lake, remained crew to beat in East. But Elis may get tussle from up-and-coming Harvard, winner of three straight (see right), in Eastern Sprints this Saturday.
Washington, ineligible for IRA Regatta at Syracuse but with eye on Britain's Henley Regatta, outstroked California by 4½ lengths on Oakland (Calif.) Estuary, held position as best in West.
Norm Evans, home-town hydro jockey, thunderboated spanking-new Miss Bardahl home first in final heat when Bill Muncey's Miss Thriftway sputtered and died on Washington's wind-ruffled Lake Chelan, averaged 101.6 mph to win Apple Cup.
TRACK & FIELD—WEST COAST RELAYS at Fresno, Calif. failed to live up to adopted slogan ("where world records are broken") but produced several better-than-average performances as USC won team title for 13th straight year. USC's hefty Rink Babka whirled discus 186 feet, while Parry O'Brien lofted shot 61 feet 3½ inches. UCLA's Rafer Johnson tossed javelin 238 feet 11 inches. Harbor Junior College's Bill Jackson leaped 25 feet 9¼ inches in broad jump. UCLA's George Roubanis and Striders Club's Ron Morris soared 15 feet¼ inch in pole vault. Best foot effort: 9.4 hundred by San Jose State's unbeaten (in 19 sprints) Ray Norton.
Velisa Mugosa, earnest Yugoslav who is now student at NYU, stretched his legs through handicap mile in 4:04.8, fastest outdoor time ever in East, at Rye, N.Y.
MOTOR SPORTS—ITALY'S LUIGI MUSSO and Belgium's OLIVIER GENDEBIEN teamed up to push Ferrari 3,000 over twisting 45-mile circuit at Palermo, Italy at average 58.52 mph, covered 605 miles in 10:37:58.1 to win Targa Florio road race, give Ferrari third victory in race for world sports-car championship.
FIELD TRIALS—ATOM BOB, spunky 4-year-old trial-wise male Chesapeake owned and handled by Dr. John Lundy, faultlessly-marked and retrieved from icy waters of Boise River, walked off with second Open All-Age stake in National Chesapeake Specialty Retriever Trials at Star, Idaho.