INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—INDIANAPOLIS cars, transported to Italy for second year, again proved master of high-banked Monza oval as veteran Jim Rathmann of Miami won all three heats in his Zink Leader Card Special, gave racing world new target to shoot at with 166.788-mph average, 31 mph faster than Indy record, for 500 miles. But one impressive and noteworthy fact was that famed Ferrari stable was able to produce 12-cylinder Indianapolis-type car, driven alternately by Phil Hill, Mike Hawthorn and Luigi Musso, which was fast enough (158.156 mph) to place third behind Jimmy Bryan's Belond AP Special.
Race was marred by bitter feelings, fist shakings as Indy men used blocking tactics to prevent Phil Hill (in Ferrari), Stirling Moss (in Maserati-made special) from passing. Jeered Indy Driver Rodger Ward: "We are not sporting car drivers. We don't wave people past like gentlemen. We have to fight for our money."
BOXING—CUS D'AMATO, left promoterless when California refused to grant license to Al Weill because of his frequent gamboling with Frankie Carbo (latest contact, two-hour dining session in Agua Caliente), found young former TV Executive (Tele-PrompTer) Bill Rosensohn ready (with ($100,000 in cash) to step into picture. Result: D'Amato signed for Floyd Patterson to defend heavyweight title against Roy Harris August 18 at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field. Harris' manager, Lou Viscusi, made another pay strike, dealt with IBC for lightweight title match between his champion, Joe Brown, and Kenny Lane at Houston, July 23.
SOCCER—BRAZIL, combining skillful footwork with artful passwork, outbooted Sweden 5-2 at Stockholm, became first Latin American team to win World Cup on European soil (see page 10).
July 6, 1958
BASEBALL—ST. LOUIS was latest to make threatening gesture in National League, running off six straight, mostly at expense of slumping Pittsburgh, before Cards were pulled up short by Philadelphia, but moved within 2½ games of Milwaukee. Braves stretched losing streak against Dodgers to nine but Hank Aaron's big bat began to come around, boomed leaders to 7-3, 10-6 victories.
Cleveland, muddling around in sixth place, tried usual cure, fired Manager Bobby Bragan (who signed with Spokane), brought on old Indian Joe Gordon. But Yankees, with help of Whitey Ford's 100th victory, held lead at 8½ games over Athletics as Boston, powered by Jackie Jensen's homers, trailed by 9½. Week's best pitching was turned in by Chicago's Billy Pierce (see below), who barely missed perfect game against Senators.
GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT, willowy blonde from Chula Vista, Calif., belted away vigorously to put together rounds of 74, 72, 70, 74 for record 290 at Pontiac, Mich., added U.S. Women's Open to PGA title she won last month (see page 36).
Ireland's Philomena Garvey, fixture on Curtis Cup team since 1948, was caught with her chauvinism showing after glimpse of newly adopted Union Jack blazer badge got her Irish up, promptly withdrew from British squad which faces U.S. at Boston August 8, 9. Pouted Miss Garvey: "I would wear a combination of the Union Jack and Irish tricolor, or a lion rampant, but I would be disloyal if I wore a Union Jack only."
Arnold Palmer, stroking masterfully for four straight days, was never in trouble, finished with sub-par 273 to win Pepsi Open and $9,000 at East Norwich, N.Y. after petulant Tommy Bolt, finding his new halo too tight, picked up on 27th hole, was fined $500 for this and other violations by angry PGA (see page 26).
HORSE RACING—CAVAN, deep-chested Irish-bred who barreled into 3-year-old picture when Tim Tam suffered injury in Belmont Stakes, skimmed up along rail under guidance of hot-riding Jockey Pete Anderson (who brought his stakes earnings for last six weeks to $20,527) to win $47,900 Leonard Richard Stakes at Delaware Park, but pulled up lame, may have to pass up lush Providence Stakes July 9. Meanwhile, Tim Tam, recuperating in Philadelphia but well enough to van back home to Calumet Farm after operation on cracked sesamoid bone, was reported to be taking limited walking exercises, lazily "swatting flies with his tail," and generally enjoying his fan mail. One sample, from 11-year-old admirer: "I am sorry about your leg. I have wanted to learn to ride for a long time. Could you tell me how? And please get well soon. I love you lots. Your new friend. P.S. I'm a girl, if you wonder."
Round table, frisky 4-year-old who stuffs more greenbacks into Owner Travis Kerr's already bulging saddlebag just about every time he sets hoof on track, stepped out handsomely under guileful ride by Jockey Willie Shoemaker, pranced home first in $56,050 Arch Ward Memorial at Washington Park (see below) to haul down $33,000, boost earnings to $1,090,014, pass Citation as second greatest money winner in history. Next goal: Nashua's $1,288,565.
BOATING—"EASTERNER," last of spanking-new America's Cup boats, got traditional sendoff from pretty 9-year-old Nancy Scott Hovey, who lustily swung bottle of Taylor's (New York State) Brut Champagne against bronze stempiece to blaring chorus of firecrackers, horns and noisemakers, stepped back amid shower of bubbly vintage to watch Granddad Chandler Hovey Sr.'s mahogany-hulled hopeful slide down ways at Marblehead's Little Harbor. Across sea, Britons were feeling more chipper after their somewhat abused challenger, Sceptre, outfitted with handsome new mainsail and sailing in Newport-like weather, led Evaine from start to finish over triangular nine-mile course off Poole in Dorset to win by 2 minutes 14 seconds.
TENNIS—WIMBLEDON continued to wend its arduous way toward climax, but biggest impression was left by Mimi Arnold, who learned her racket at foot of mother, onetime American Internationalist Ethel Burkhardt Arnold. Pint-sized Mimi upset Britain's husky Chris Truman 10-8, 6-3 in fourth round (see below), gleefully squealed, "Mother will go mad."
Pancho Gonzales, who never lets his feud with Promoter Jack Kramer stand in way of picking up dollars, lost to Lew Hoad 13-15, 6-3, 6-4, but came away with $3,000 first prize in pro round-robin in New York. Pros then moved on to Los Angeles, where Pancho Segura upset Gonzales in opener of similar tournament.
SWIMMING—-U.S., JAPANESE, AUSSIES-IN-U.S. staged three-day record-breaking spree at Los Angeles, shattered five world, seven U.S. marks. World records fell to Japan's Takashi Ishimoto, who churned 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.1 and led 400-meter medley relay team to 4:16.7 clocking; Butter-flyer Nancy Ramey, who covered 100 meters in 1:09.6 and 200 meters in 2:40.9; Sylvia Ruuska, who hustled through 400-meter individual medley in 5:46.6.
HARNESS RACING—DEL MILLER, sulky sport's premier trainer-driver (SI, June 30), was suspended for 15 days, will be unable to drive either of his two favored pacers (Thorpe and O'Brien Hanover) in rich Messenger Stake at Roosevelt Raceway July 4. Reason: highly questionable decision by substitute judges that Miller's handling of pacer Meadow Lands (forced outside most of way for last-place finish, but only [1/5] of second off his best time for season) in eighth race June 27 was "inconsistent with an attempt to win," first such accusation in Miller's 29-year career.
MILEPOST—MARRIED—DAVE SIME, 21, medical school-bound ex-Duke sprinter, holder of five world records; and schoolmate Elizabeth Ellen Quillian, 20; at Birmingham, Mich.