RECORD BREAKERS—GLENN DAVIS, remarkable Ohio State jack-of-most-races, took off like hopped-up bunny, sped merrily around two turns on way to U.S. college record of 45.8 for 440 yards, also tied Jim Lea's world mark (around one turn) in Big Ten meet at Lafayette, Ind. (May 24).
This is an article from the June 2, 1958 issue
BASEBALL—SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, flexing muscles like first-rate pennant contenders, were giving National League rivals fits and starts as they moved to 2½-game lead over Milwaukee Braves, who won two out of three from Giants but had less luck against last-place Los Angeles and Chicago.
New York Yankees continued to make shambles of American League, stretching winning streak to 10 before losing to Detroit, promptly won next two from Cleveland. Boston became latest to lead futile chase, trailed Yankees by nine games.
HORSE RACING—SEANEEN, plucky Irish-bred 4-year-old, lightweighted at 109 pounds, scampered away from top-weighted (130 pounds) millionaire Round Table, romped home by four handsome lengths in $108,300 Californian at Hollywood Park to set off lusty howl by too-sure bettors who backed favorite down to 1 to 9.
Lincoln Road, out from behind Tim Tarn's substantial shadow, hustled to front, beat off three separate runs by perky Talent Show to earn first big-money victory in $59,100 Jersey Stakes at Garden State. Commented relieved Jockey Chris Rogers: "I didn't have to look back for Tim Tam."
SOCCER—BROOKLYN'S EBBETS FIELD took on international look as touring Hearts of Midlothian, Scottish champions, outbooted England's Manchester City 6-5 before 20.000 (attention: Walter O'Malley) who braved downpour to watch game.
BOXING—HEAVYWEIGHTS were literally falling all over themselves to avoid consideration as contenders for Champion Floyd Patterson. Zora Folley, sent stumbling to canvas by low left hook in sixth, survived Art Swiden's taunts ("Come on, you bum!") and wild swings but hardly looked part of No. 1 challenger as he won 10-round decision at Las Vegas; Johnny Summerlin, with visions of title shot, ran into right-hand smash by hulking Nino Valdes in fifth, tumbled down and out at Detroit.
Matchmaker Billy Brown, who has been beating path to Grand Jury room in New York District Attorney Frank Hogan's continuing boxing investigation, became second (the first: Jim Norris) to desert sinking IBC ship, turning in his license to Commissioner Julius Helfand, who accepted it quicker than Brown could say Dominick Mordini (his real name). Complained Brown, who admitted to D.A. that he "talked in code" to Frankie Carbo: "I couldn't stand the smears I got from downtown."
TENNIS—LEW HOAD, power-hitting Aussie who has been hobbling around on ailing right leg for month, dropped his seventh straight match to Pancho Gonzales at Denver to trail 48-34, finally gave up, left pro tour to seek medical help at Los Angeles. His replacement: Ken Rose wall, who played role of patsy for Pancho last year.
BULLFIGHTING—BARNABY CONRAD, 36, author (Matador, La Fiesta Brava, The Gates of Fear), former U.S. vice-consul in Spain, onetime amateur bullfighter ("El Ni√±o de California"), took time out to harass fighting cow on ranch near Madrid, found himself gored when he brought animal in too close on right-hand pass. Said Matador Conrad proudly from his hospital bed: "She put eight inches of horn into my left thigh, the same, place Manolete got it."
BOATING—YALE'S unbeaten strokers, with other commitments to occupy their summer, voted not to go to Henley, also ruled out possible trip to Moscow. Moaned No. 7-man Rusty Wailes: "It would have been the whipped cream on the sundae." But undefeated Harvard lightweights had no such problems, will head for London—if $8,000 can be raised to finance trip.
Washington Penn, Kent School and Washington-Lee H.S. of Arlington, Va. oarsmen also had Henley stars in their eyes after feverish weekend. Huskies won again at Seattle (see below), moved stroke closer to British classic; Penn began to inspect travel folders after beating Cornell at Ithaca; Kent forged ahead of Andover in New-England scholastic championships on Lake Quinsigamond (see page 30); Washington-Lee, lagging third at halfway point, responded to pleas of Coxswain Mike Hanley, raised beat to furious 42 to win national schoolboy title at Philadelphia (see below).
TRACK & FIELD—RON DELANY, Ireland's gift to Villanova, flew home to Dublin to help open new Santry Stadium cinder track (SI, July 22), trailed Britain's Brian Hew-son in 1:49.7 half-mile but came back next night to show his famous heels to Hewson and Derek Ibbotson in 4:07.5 mile.
Use, as expected, used Rink Babka's discus heave of 186 feet 8 inches, Max Truex's 9:05.4 two-mile, Bob Lawson's 14.2 in 120-yard high hurdles to run away from field, won 17th Pacific Coast Conference title in 18 years at Berkeley, but not until California's Don Bowden and Willie White. UCLA's Rafer Johnson carved a bit of personal glory for themselves. Bowden won mile in 4:03.7; White scooted 100 in 9.6 and 220 in 21.4; Johnson soared javelin 243 feet 10½ inches.
Illinois managed only two firsts, Bob Mitchell's 220 in 21.3 and Ernie Haisley,'s 6 feet 6½-incn high jump, but scored in 11 events, piled up 46 points to win Big Ten crown at Lafayette, Ind. Other winners: Iowa's Deacon Jones in 4:09.2 mile; Indiana's Greg Bell in broad jump with leap of 25 feet 6½ inches; Ohio State's Glenn Davis in 440 in 45.8 (see "Record Breakers").
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—INDIANAPOLIS drivers, 33 deep, were impatiently champing at the throttle as they waited for starter's flag to send them off in Memorial Day 500-miler. Final trials saw Eddie Sachs (144.660), Jud Larson (143.512), Jim Rathmann (143.147) produce fastest speeds, also saw one veteran bumped—Freddy Agabashian, starter in 11 previous races.
Britain's Stirling Moss led all the way in Vanwall, tooled around 2½-mile circuit at Zandvoort in 2:04:49.2, averaged 93 mph to finish lap ahead of American Harry Schell, in BRM, in Dutch Grand Prix. Moss earned nine points, now has 17 to lead Luigi Musso in race for Juan Fangio's world title.
MILEPOSTS—TURNED PRO—WILT CHAMBERLAIN, boppish U. of Kansas All-America basketballer, who turned in books "to make some real money," announced he would form 10-man squads for 160-game tour of South and North America. Wilt, who expects to join Philadelphia Warriors after his class graduates in 1959, complained that his basketball studies at Kansas were not preparing him properly for his postgraduate career: "It was hurting my chances of ever developing into a successful pro player."
DIED—ARCHIE SCOTT BROWN, 31, carefree British garage proprietor and racing ace with ice-cool temperament and obsessive will to win, who took up motor racing seriously in 1953, astounded with his daring skill, set so many lap records and won so many times that he eventually ranked among best British drivers; of injuries received when his Lister-Jaguar skidded, overturned and burst into flames, at Francorchamps, Belgium. Scott Brown, born with malformed legs and no right hand, once said: "I suppose a psychologist would take one look at me and diagnose that winning races is a way of proving myself. I'm sure he would be right."
DIED—BEN WHITE, 85, mild-mannered harness racing trainer-driver usually seen with cigar jutting out of weatherbeaten face, only man to win four Hambletonians (with Maryland Reynolds in 1933, Rosalind in 1936, Ambassador in 1942, Volo Song in 1943); after long illness, at Orlando, Fla.