RECORD BREAKERS—HERB ELLIOTT, dedicated Aussie miler who thrice cracked four minutes down under, gave Californians glimpse of his famed speed, kicking past surprise rabbit Drew Dunlap of Texas (whose pace-setting 58.5 for first quarter may cost Elliott new record) and Countryman Merv Lincoln, set blazing pace (see page 8) to finish in 3:57.8, two-tenths of a second under John Landy's listed world mark and six-tenths of a second slower than Derek Ibbotson's still unrecognized (also because of presence of pacer) 3:57.2, at Coliseum Relays in Los Angeles (May 16). Other record breakers in same meet: U. of California's Jack Yerman, Jerry Siebert, Maynard Orme and Don Bowden, who hustled through two-mile relay in 7:20.9 for world record; Aussie Alex Henderson of Arizona State at Tempe, who outran USC's Max Truex in 8:47.9 for new U.S. two-mile standard.
Elias Gilbert, slender Winston-Salem Teachers College star from Linden, N.J., buzzed cross-country from Los Angeles to Carolinas AAU meet at Raleigh, N.C. in double-quick time, traveled nearly as fast in 220-yard low hurdles, scissoring over obstacles in 22.1 to overhaul Dave Sime's world record (May 17).
Dallas Long, beefy 240-pound North Phoenix high school senior who threatens to heave 12-pound shot out of sight one of these days, hopped and leaped in newly legalized red-white-and-blue cement ring, shoved iron ball 69 feet 3 1/8 inches to break U.S. schoolboy mark for third time at Phoenix (May 16).
Isaac Berger, mighty-muscled little Israeli-born featherweight from Brooklyn and only one of U.S. hefters to win three matches from visiting Russians, cleaned and jerked 319 pounds for new world record in New York's Madison Square Garden (May 17), as phlegmatic but powerful Soviet lifters, grimacing and snorting with unrestrained gusto, won 4-3 for third victory over Americans (see page 30).
May 25, 1958
BASEBALL—NEW YORK YANKEES were playing in league by themselves (see page 48), may soon blast off into outer space. Larsen, Turley, Ford, Shantz, Maglie, it mattered not, all had too much on ball, sent Yankees soaring 6½ games ahead of huddled pack, giving American League biggest second division in history. Kansas City, on hot streak, poked head into second place, was cautiously followed by Cleveland, barely percentage points ahead of Baltimore, while Washington tumbled out of stratosphere, landed in sixth place.
Willie Mays sharpened up batting eye, slammed six homers, had long-ball assist from Daryl Spencer and Rookie Orlando Cepeda to lead San Francisco Giants to six victories in eight games and over heads of Milwaukee into National League lead. Philadelphia and St. Louis were on upbeat, moved within reaching distance of third-place Pittsburgh Pirates, who dropped four in row to Phillies.
HORSE RACING—CALUMET'S TIM TAM, led boldly along rail by Ismael Valenzuela, charged past field, moved to outside to run down pace-setting Lincoln Road, left California reprobate Silky Sullivan deep in ruckish eighth place on way to 1½-length victory in $133,950 Preakness at Pimlico to pack away $98,950 and second jewel on Triple Crown (see page 16). Day was filled with nothing but gold for Mrs. Gene Markey, who had another rich score at Garden State, where A Glitter romped off with $18,638.75 in $29,175 Betsy Ross Stakes, Pintor Lea and Fabius finished one-three in co-feature to earn $5,425, boosting Calumet's total for afternoon to $121,963.
Bold Ruler, husky son of Nasrullah, returned to races for first time since Nov. 9, pinned his ears back under urging of Eddie Arcaro, held off determined Clem in violent stretch run to take first money in $29,050 Toboggan Handicap at Belmont.
BOXING—SONNY LISTON, well-equipped, well-connected and one of brightest young heavyweight prospects to come along since Floyd Patterson, made most of his first TV shot, using educated, head-snapping left jabs to slice up genial trial horse Julio Mederos badly enough for referee to stop bout at end of second at Chicago (see page 53).
Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore, picking up loose dollars wherever they may be, lugged his paunchy 195½ pounds into ring at San Diego, tossed bombs at retreating Howie King in effort to score 127th knockout of his long career, floored rival twice but couldn't keep him there and had to settle for 10-round decision.
BOATING—YALE'S smooth-stroking sweep-swingers, zipped along by stiff tail wind and solid 32 beat, slipped across line 1¼ lengths ahead of Penn in record 5:54.4 for 2,000 meters on Princeton's Carnegie Lake after Harvard Stroke Bob Lawrence snared crab, flipped out of shell 200 yards from home to end unbeaten Crimson's threat for Eastern sprint championship. But Harvard found some solace back home in Cambridge, where undefeated lightweights swept river as varsity sneaked past Cornell in homestretch for EARC title.
GOLF—SAM SNEAD, caught from behind by South Africa's young Gary Player in his own tournament at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., found himself battling for survival in playoff, finally rolled in one-foot birdie putt on fifth extra hole to win.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—JUAN MANUEL FANGIO, after week of tooling around Indianapolis Brickyard, decided, "I have nothing to gain and everything to lose," passed up Memorial Day classic, but qualifying trials went on, and Dick Rathmann, pushing McNamara Special at record 145.974 mph, won pole position (see page 60).
France's Maurice Trintignant took over when early pacemakers were forced out, throttled his British Cooper 195 miles around Monte Carlo's twisting circuit in 2:52:27.9, averaged 68.04 mph to win Grand Prix of Monaco, earn second-place tie with Britain's Stirling Moss (with 8 points) in race for world driving title. Runners-up: Italy's Luigi Musso, in Ferrari, in 2:52:48.2, to move into lead with 12 points; Britain's Peter Collins, in Ferrari, 2:53:06.7.
Masten Gregory, Kansas City leadfoot, spun to front in Lister-Jag after accident, which proved fatal, forced out Britain's Archie Scott-Brown, held it there to outdrive Belgian Paul Frere and Texan Carroll Shelby, in Aston Martins, in 131-mile Grand Prix of Spa at Francorchamps, Belgium. Gregory's winning speed: 121.16 mph.
Walt Hansgen of Westfield, N.J., top banana on SCCA circuit, raised his points to 4,000 before 68,000 at Cumberland, Md., roaring his Lister-Jag at 71 mph average to head off Runner-up Ed Crawford, in another Lister-Jag, in Class C modified race. Third place, as well as first in Class E and F modified, went to able Don Sesslar of Lancaster, Ohio, in Porsche 550 RS.
TENNIS—HAM RICHARDSON and BARRY MACKAY got U.S. off to 2-0 lead over Venezuela before orderly crowd at Caracas, teamed up with Bill Quillian for 5-0 sweep in Davis Cup first-round match.
MILEPOSTS—COMMISSIONED—AMERICAN YACHT CLUB, founded by Financier Jay Gould and small group of steam-yacht enthusiasts in 1883, fourth oldest in nation, for 76th year, as part of diamond jubilee celebration, at Rye, N.Y. Among club's 650 members: Rod Stephens and Phil Rhodes, participants in three of last four America's Cup races; famed Sailmakers Ernest and Colin Ratsey; Jim and Allegra Mertz, prominent East Coast sailors.
HONORED—JACK DREES, towering (6 feet 6 inches), lantern-jawed ex-U. of Iowa basketballer, longtime sportscaster for TV's Wednesday night fights; with plaque, on occasion of 20th anniversary as sports announcer, by Chicago Boxing Writers' Association, at ringside, in Chicago. Adept at handling all sports, Drees frankly admits being partial to racing and boxing, explains: "I like them for the people connected with them. They are a special breed."