BOATING—VIM, only oldtimer in the bunch, was even perkier and friskier than her spanking new rivals as America's Cup trials began at Newport, R.I. Sailing briskly over 21-mile windward-leeward course, Vim made good use of blue-white striped spinnaker cut by Ted Hood, showed her ample stern to Columbia to win first test by a handy 63 seconds. In second race, Weatherly was hardly tested as Chandler Hovey's handsome Easterner, plagued by series of mishaps, suffered three rigging failures, limped back to base for repairs. Next day all four boats struggled in becalmed Atlantic before trials were called off when southerly wind was so light it hardly rippled sea off Brenton Reef's Lightship.
Britain's Hugh Goodson, with more than casual eye focused on activities at Newport, took step to beef up challenge boat Sceptre, fired old sea dog Jim Slorance, captain since launching last April, replaced him with Stanley Bishop, captain of crisply handled trial sloop Evaine.
TENNIS—BARRY MACKAY, sometimes talented young man with a racket, came popping home from Wimbledon, blamed "shortsightedness" of U.S. tennis brass for Yankee failures abroad. Complained MacKay: "I found I needed more tournament experience. We are permitted to play only about three months out of the country while the Australians play the year round." He was even edgy about America's hopes against Canada in Davis Cup American Zone semifinal at Toronto, moaned apprehensively: "Gee, what are we trying to do? None of our top four players—Vic Seixas, Herbie Flam, Dick Savitt and Gil Shea—is included. We're taking an awful chance. We could get licked." But MacKay needn't have worried. He and Newcomer Whitney Reed breezed past Canada's Don Fontana and Bob Bedard in singles; MacKay and Sammy Giammalva easily took doubles (see below) to clinch U.S. victory.
International Lawn Tennis Federation, meeting in Brussels, took hard, cold look at overextensive (and often overexpensive) globe-traipsing by some amateurs, came up with new regulations: expenses (raised to $14 per day maximum) for travel abroad will be limited to 150 days each year, effective Jan. 1, 1959. Aussies, who have been among most prolific travelers in past, will now have to spend more time playing before homefolks.
July 20, 1958
BASEBALL—WALTER O'MALLEY'S plans for Chavez Ravine got stunning setback when Superior Court Judge Arnold Prager declared Los Angeles-Dodgers land contract invalid. Deed restrictions, he said, limit use of Chavez to public purposes.
All-star break and 4-3 victory over National Leaguers (see page 46) provided only temporary succor for American Leaguers as New York Yankees, who undoubtedly learned some of baseball's finer points from Casey Stengel's articulate testimony before Senate (see page 46), thumped Cleveland four out of five, split pair with Chicago to lengthen lead over Detroit, latest second-place occupant, while Boston and Kansas City each slipped a notch.
San Francisco released Rookie Orlando Cepeda from bench in time for him to help beat Cincinnati 7-4, Milwaukee 5-3, 6-5, with three homers, boost Giants over Braves into National League lead, as Cards, Cubs and Phillies stood close by, ready to move up at slight sign of weakness.
Manager Fred Haney, who had enough to worry about, found himself explaining why four Braves (Frank Torre, Red Schoendienst, Lew Burdette, Gene Conley) strayed off reservation, became involved in Hollywood poolside dunking party. It was really nothing, said Haney: "Some good-looking girl went by in a bathing suit, and Torre gave her a push [into the pool]. Her boy friend got a little peeved and later...apologized to Torre." But Torre had different version: "She had on a nice dress. Her escort was peeved because it was an expensive dress. I said I was sorry...."
GOLF—PRESIDENT EISENHOWER, in Ottawa for talks with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, found time to engage in his favorite sport, chuckled and whooped his way around Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club (see below) with Transport Minister George Hees, Senate Speaker Mark Drouin, Club President John Gross. Press reports had Ike, with help of Mulligan (gratuitous second drive with player permitted to take choice of either shot) on first hole, coming in with 90, but ardent golfer Eisenhower, unhappy at being pushed by hearsay through duffer barrier, quickly let it be known he had more respectable 89—good but not quite so good as Brother Edgar's 67 at Tacoma (see right).
HORSE RACING—GALLANT MAN, spunky little 4-year-old who took first trip to winner's circle two years ago at Hollywood Park, came back as candidate for Horse-of-Year honors, put twinkle into favorite-players' eyes when he burst down stretch under urging of Willie Shoemaker to win $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap and collect $100,000 for Owner Ralph Lowe.
William Hal Bishop, onetime mule trader who now rates among racing's leading owners, got his biggest kick when his Bernburgoo, lightly rated at 19 to 1, shot out of ruck, never stopped hoofing it until he ran down favored Round Table to inch home first in mile-and-eighth, $85,000 Warren Wright Memorial Handicap at Arlington Park. From Jockey Clarence Meaux, who pocketed cool $5,390 for 1:48[3/5] jaunt, came an honest appraisal: "I sure was surprised."
TRACK & FIELD—BERT THOMAS, 23, slight, wiry Australian accountancy clerk who has plodded along in relative obscurity, trailed serenely behind better-known Miler Merv Lincoln for two quick miles, suddenly took charge, streaked last quarter in 62.8 on way to new world record of 13:10.8 for three miles at Dublin's Santry track. Gushed Thomas: "Everything was perfect. Usually I am very nervous but tonight I felt on top of the world."
Brian Hewson, young London tailor, let crack Aussie Miler Herb Elliott set blistering pace (54.3) for first quarter, surged up in last 100 yards to scamper past fading Elliott in 1:48.3 half-mile as visiting and homebred stars warmed up for Empire Games in British AA championships at London's White City Stadium.
BOXING—NEW YORK'S DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRANK HOGAN, who has Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfand sitting on the edge of his chair these days, dropped another bomb in continuing grand jury investigation, snared still one more pigeon—Jimmy White (real name: Samuel Crossner), a matchmaker once active in Denver, Miami and Scranton, Pa. and described by DA's office as "front man for Frankie Carbo, the No. 1 boxing racketeer in the country." The charges: acting as undercover manager for Welterweight Isaac Logart in bout with Virgil Akins in New York, March 21; conspiring with man-about-boxing Hymie (The Mink) Wallman to fix Logart-Akins fight by bribing officials (among them, Bert Grant, indicted week earlier) who expected to but did not officiate.
Nino Valdes, plodding Cuban heavyweight who pleads he "doesn't have much English" and was once described by his manager, Bobby Gleason, as "the best bum" around, caught up with Harold Carter in ninth, knocked him kicking with right hand, put him down to stay with sweeping left to win by TKO at Spokane.
POLO—MEADOW BROOK, wrapped up in 7-7 tie after Aiken's Pete Bostwick and Devereaux Milburn hammered home goals in last chukker, pulled ahead to stay on accurate, match-saving smashes by Dave Ellis and Al Jerkens, rode off with national 20-goal championship at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, N.Y.