TRACK & FIELD—HERB ELLIOTT led fantastic record-breaking mile parade over Dublin's new cinders for world record 3:54.5, had enough energy left to take extra lap for applause of 20,000 spectators. Three others who paraded with him and also bettered John Landy's recognized 3:58 for mile were: Merv Lincoln, 3:55.9; Ron Delany, 3:57.5; Murray Halberg, 3:57.5. Next night, Albert Thomas, diminutive Australian clerk, established himself as one of world's most versatile distance runners, lowered world record for two miles to 8:32 (see page 26).
United states men scored 127-68 point victory over Hungarians in dual meet in Budapest. Standout was Glenn Davis of Ohio State who broke own 400-meter-hurdle world record, with 49.2 time, 3/10 better than time in 1956 Olympics tryouts. Hungary's Istvan Rozsavolgyi broke own listed record in 1,500 meters with 3:40.3. U.S. girls, beaten recently in Moscow and Warsaw meets, took Hungarian women 64-54.
GOLF—BRITISH WOMEN, defending champions of 10th Curtis Cup golf competition, kept steady pressure on U.S. women at West Newton, Mass., managed 4½-4½ draw and right to retain trophy for two more years. In three foursome matches Britons gained 2-1 lead on strength of finer putting touch, gave three-time English Champion Frances Smith chore of decisive final round against Fort Worth's Polly Riley, saw her win it 2 up (see page 22).
BASEBALL—ST. LOUIS CARDINALS splinted their crippled wings, beat up from last place to first division with six straight wins, 45 runs, a markedly new approach to game after prior week's six losses, 32 runless innings. Pirates, despite three losses to Braves, sailed back with sweep of Cincinnati series, came within half game of slowly subsiding second-place Giants. Braves, with the self-satisfaction that comes with substantial lead, moseyed through week winning five, losing three, looking ahead to October.
August 17, 1958
Yankees, despite unassailable perch, somehow provoked crowd of 167,300 to turn out, watch them split four-game weekend series with Red Sox as American League continued to play out weary schedule.
BOXING—AGELESS ARCHIE MOORE and Guileless Howard ("I'm a good-looking guy") King in fifth fight together showed nice respect for one another's feelings, eased through 10-round nontitle match in Reno, wound up with draw.
Sonny Liston dismantled Bronx Tomato Packer Wayne Bethea with heavy-handed tattoo of rights and lefts to score TKO in 1:09 of first round in Chicago heavyweight bout. Next day, Bethea, 24, minus seven teeth and all future ambitions, wisely called halt to four-year-old professional career.
Gene (Ace) Armstrong, with reputation of solid club-fighting experience, made first national TV appearance in Madison Square Garden, scored 15th consecutive win with 10-round unanimous decision over onetime high-ranking Rory Calhoun. Unbeaten Armstrong dropped Calhoun four times.
BRIDGE—CHARLES H. GOREN AND MRS. HELEN SOBEL, who have won more national championships together than any other pair, won yet another in Miami Beach as they came from far behind in the final-round competition to capture the prized Life Masters Pairs.
HORSE RACING—PIANO JIM played Travers Stakes by ear, won first stakes race (and $29,920) at Saratoga Springs. The 3-year-old kept lead most of way in Travers, oldest recognized stakes in country, slacked off to Grey Monarch at eighth pole, regained front again with sixteenth of mile to go. Winner ran mile-and-quarter in 2:05[4/5] under Bob Ussery.
Swoon's son, for second year in row, captured $133,150 Equipoise Mile at Arlington Park, this time upset 9-to-10 favorite Round Table (who ran fifth), moved into fourth place in racing's money-winnings list, with $87,675 share of purse. Under Dave Erb, as last year, Swoon's Son ticked off mile in 1:34⅘ fastest time in 19-year history of stake, only two-fifths of a second behind track record set by Equipoise himself.
Combustion II, carrying Bill Hartack to fourth victory of day, won $25,000-added Philadelphia Turf Handicap in Atlantic City by length and a quarter over stablemate Hindu Festival.
TENNIS—MAL ANDERSON, in longest final of 32-year-old Eastern Grass Court tennis championships, battled scholarly Ham Richardson for 3½ hours, at length defeated him 6-3, 6-4, 6-8, 13-15, 6-4. Richardson, one of players on whom U.S. is counting to regain Davis Cup this year, beat Peru's Alejandro Olmedo 12-10, 13-11, 6-4 in semifinals. Althea Gibson, who won women's singles title in 1956, did so again (see page 7).
SWIMMING—AUSTRALIANS helped themselves to records at Amateur Athletic Union's senior national outdoor swimming and diving competitions at Indianapolis. Jon Henricks, 100-meter Olympic champion, set an American record of 2:05.2 in 200-meter freestyle, AAU record of 55.8 in 100-meter freestyle. Murray Rose broke AAU mark for 1,500 meters with 18:06.4, American record for 400-meter freestyle with 4:24.5. Both teamed together to help set record AAU time of 8:42.7 for 800-meter freestyle relay.
BOATING—VIM, with a vigor surprising for her 19 years, continued to aggravate fledglings Columbia, Easterner and Weatherly, soared off with five of seven 12-meter races in New York Yacht Club annual cruise. Second set of America's Cup defense trials begins Saturday off Newport, R.I. Columbia dominated first trials.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—STIRLING MOSS, taking the lead in fourth lap of international Cannon Race for sports cars at Karlskoga, Sweden, adeptly coaxed Maserati around 93-mile, twisting circuit, was home first in 1:25:21 with average speed of 65.5 mph.
Ken Rush of Highpoint, N.C., NASCAR's Rookie of the Year in 1957, won first late-model victory of career steering 1957 (Chevrolet to first place in 100-mile convertible race at Charlotte, N.C. With average speed of 58:07 mph, Hush's time was 1:43:9. Larry Frank, Angier, N.C., was second in 1957 Chevrolet.
FOOTBALL—PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE, to no one's surprise, formally voted itself into the past after years of bickering. Motion to dissolve 43-year-old conference was presented by Stanford, seconded by Washington State, approved unanimously.