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A worldwide roundup of the sports information of the week

June 09, 1958
June 09, 1958

Table of Contents
June 9, 1958

The Fatal Gamble
Spectacle
Designing Women
U.S. Open
Tip From The Top
Horse Racing
Baseball
Boxing
Trotting
Lady Liz
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Acknowledgments
Pat On The Back

A worldwide roundup of the sports information of the week

RECORD BREAKERS—BOBBY MORROW, back in Olympic form (see below), was jack rabbit-fast in California Relays at Modesto, anchored Abilene Christian teammates to pair of world records. Morrow followed Waymond Griggs, Bill Woodhouse and Jim Segrest to 39.7 clocking in 440-yard relay, came back to join George Peterson, Woodhouse and Segrest in 1:22.6 for 880-yard relay. California's Jack Yerman, Monty Upshaw, Willie White and Don Bowden also got into record-breaking act, raced through sprint medley in 3:18.8 to better American mark (May 31).

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Japanese Swimmers, churning up just about everything in sight at Asian Games in Tokyo, overhauled one world mark when Backstroker Keiji Hase, Breaststroker Masaru Furukawa, Butterflyer Takashi Ishimoto, Freestyler Manabu Koga thrashed 400-meter medley in 4:17.2 (May 28).

Corsican, held off pace under Driver Pete Dailey's restraining touch, boomed home in stretch to win one-mile Jubilee Pace qualifying trial at Roosevelt Raceway in 2:01⅘ fastest ever for 3-year-old gelding pacer on half-mile track (May 30).

BASEBALL—NEW YORK YANKEES began playing like mere mortals, dropped four straight to Kansas City and Washington before they recovered to beat Boston 5-4, 10-4 on Enos Slaughter's homer, Bob Turley's eighth pitching victory. But Athletics, in no mood to retreat, won six out of seven, moved within 6½ games of Yankees.

San Francisco Giants stumbled briefly, lost three in row to St. Louis before winning 7-2, but Milwaukee, faced with golden opportunity, was hardly up to taking charge against Cards and Pittsburgh, still trailed by one game at week's end.

USC, rated college baseball's top team (see page 32), blanked Oregon State 7-0, 15-0 for PCC title, moved step closer to NCAA finals at Omaha June 13-18.

HORSE RACING—BOLD RULER, lugging 135 pounds, appeared feather-light as Eddie Arcaro sent him charging through stretch to head off Tick Tock and Gallant Man (see below) in $58,800 Carter Handicap at Belmont. But another odds-on favorite at same track had no such luck earlier in week when unbeaten Idun, last year's 2-year-old filly champion, lagged badly, finished fading fourth to Calumet's A Glitter in Liberty Purse.

BOXING—ARCHIE MOORE, still sporting bulging 196 pounds, jabbed and hooked frustrated Charlie Norkus silly for 10 rounds, occasionally obliged with stiff right-hand shots to head when crowd of 3,500 became too complaining, walked off with easy decision at San Francisco. Explained crafty Archie, who is plotting campaign for another shot at Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson: "I was scientific rather than spectacular."

Kenny Lane, No. 1 lightweight challenger, snapped out of lethargy to finish off overmatched Davey Dupas with eye-glazing left hook in sixth at Dallas, may soon get long-delayed bout with Champion Joe Brown in Dallas or Houston, depending upon which produces biggest bundle of loot for Brown's manager, Lou Viscusi.

World Boxing Commission, meeting in strife-torn Paris, settled battle of its own, accepted resignation of rebellious NBA. Huffed World Boxing Commission President Julius Helfand: "A small ruling clique that does not want to be bound by a world decision even if their action is not in the interest of boxing."

LACROSSE—ARMY stickmen wielded their baskets effectively against Navy at West Point, came away with 17-12 victory to end first unbeaten season and lay solid claim to national open, college titles.

INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—JIMMY BRYAN became U.S. racing's biggest man when he barely missed tragic 12-car crash which took life of young Pat O'Connor (see "Mileposts"), snarled his squatty Belond Special at 133.791-mph average to win Memorial Day 500-miler, share of $105,574 in prize money, buss from Actress Shirley MacLaine at Indianapolis (see page 18). NASCAR staged own 500-mile race at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway, where Glenn Roberts hauled down big prize (see page 12).

Walt Hansgen, at wheel of Lister-Jag, took on old sparring partner Ed Crawford, in another Lister-Jag, jockeyed in and out of lead five times before winning 75-mile SCCA feature at Bridgehampton, N.Y. with 84.9-mph average, now has 5,000 points in race for national title.

Stirling Moss, with only occasional relief from Copilot Jack Brabham, nervelessly nursed his green Aston Martin around Nürburgring's hazardous hairpin curves, showed his exhaust to Ferrari stable to win 621.40-mile endurance race with 84.2-mph average. Ferraris took next four places but failed to clinch world manufacturer's championship. Runners-up: Britain's intrepid Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins, who sped along at 83.4 mph clip.

TRACK & FIELD—RON DELANY, Villanova's ambling Irishman, closed out brilliant college career, pitter-pattering mile in 4:07.8, half-mile in 1:50 to help Wildcats hold off Penn State for IC4A title at Philadelphia. Other Villanova winners: Phil Reavis, who soared 6 feet 10 inches in high jump; Ed Collymore, who burst home first in 220 in 20.3 after trailing La Salle's Ira Davis in 9.6 hundred; John Buckley, who leaped 25 feet¾ inches in broad jump. Only other double winner: Harvard Hurdler Joel Landau, who scissored over 120-yard highs in 14.2 and 220-yard lows in 22.9.

Herb Elliott, hustling Aussie miler, running without benefit of pacer, spurted into lead at halfway point, stretched his legs to beat Hungarian Laszlo Tabori, now running for Santa Clara Youth Village, by 10 yards in 4:02.7 at California Relays in Modesto. Shrugged Elliott: "Some days you have it, some days you don't."

ASIAN GAMES—JAPAN, scoring heavily in all sports, piled up 67 gold medals, turned 20-nation Asian Games into display of native supremacy at Tokyo. Outstanding exception: Nationalist China's Yang Chuankuang, 6-foot¾-inch 176-pounder, who scored 7,101 points in decathlon, earned three months of special training in U.S.

BOATING—WASHINGTON, stroking powerfully and grimly in face of stubborn challenge by British Columbia, glided over finish by less than boat length on Seattle's breeze-ruffled Lake Washington, still unbeaten and looking forward to Henley.

HORSE SHOW—ADOLPHE MOGAVERO, little Oak Ridge Farm show jockey, rode off with six blues, guided First Chance to jumper title, Sonora to reserve championship to earn biggest plaudits at Devon. Pa.

MILEPOSTS—DIED—PAT O'CONNOR, 29, personable racing veteran who broke in as driver in 1948, logged almost 2,000 miles at Brickyard since his first Indianapolis "500" in 1954, chief test driver for Firestone; of fractured skull, when car flipped, burned in first-lap pileup at Indianapolis (see page 18).

DIED—ABBOTT HODGE BRUSH, 32, Greenwich, Conn. nut and bolt manufacturer, dedicated racing amateur, vice-president of Westchester SCC; of broken neck, when his Porsche Carrera rolled over on curve during 15-lap race, at Bridgehampton, N.Y.