BASEBALL—BIRDIE TEBBETTS, reported on way out in Cincinnati, beat Redlegs to punch, resigned because "in my heart, I believe that it is better for Cincinnati baseball." His temporary replacement: grizzled old (62) Jimmy Dykes.
Pittsburgh Pirates dumped Milwaukee twice, suddenly had illusions about National League pennant when they found themselves in second place, only five games behind Braves. But dream lasted only until they hit Cincinnati where revived Red-legs won three out of four, sent Pirates limping back to third place behind San Francisco. Braves pulled up slack, won seven straight from Redlegs and Phillies to stretch lead over Giants to fat eight games. Los Angeles, perked up by news that Walter Alston's job was safe for 1959, climbed out of cellar to fourth-place tie.
New York Yankees, heading hell-bent for American League flag, began to sputter, lost two to Orioles, one to Senators and three out of four to Red Sox as Chicago, latest to have go at leaders, ran off five in row, but were still 11½ games off pace.
BOXING—FRANKIE CARBO, ex-convict and boxing's shadowy lamster, under indictment by New York grand jury on 10 counts of being undercover manager and matchmaker, had still another reason to keep himself scarce. Federal Government got into act with civil suit for $750,719 in back taxes, interest and penalties for seven of the years from 1944 to 1952, stirred rumor that next step may well be criminal action for subsequent tax years.
August 24, 1958
Nino Valdes, hulking Cuban heavyweight who has been yammering for shot at title, sputtered fitfully and spasmodically while Manager Bobby Gleason screamed himself hoarse, rallied manfully in last two rounds to take 10-round split decision from weary Mike DeJohn at Rochester, N.Y.
FOOTBALL—COLLEGE ALL-STARS, looking more like pros than Detroit Lions, caught NFL champions with their defenses down, passed and kicked their way to 35-19 victory before 70,000 at Chicago. Down seven points at end of first quarter, All-Stars took to air with Michigan State's Jim Ninowski (see page 10) pitching to Illinois' Bobby Mitchell, who raced 84 and 18 yards for touchdowns. Added bonus came from Texas A&M's Bobby Joe Conrad (see page 28), a neophyte at art of field goal kicking, who booted four—from 19, 44, 24 and 24 yards.
Pros, anxious to test their rookies under combat conditions, cranked up exhibition season, but it was veterans who stole show. Ball-hawking Cliff Livingston blocked two punts, intercepted pass to lead New York Giants to 19-10 win over San Francisco; tricky Willie Galimore galloped for two scores to help Chicago Bears defeat Chicago Cards 24-7; Norm Van Brocklin, as adept as ever despite shift from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, tossed three touchdown passes to beat Baltimore 30-28; Billy Wade, onetime Van Brocklin stand-in, treated 73,164 to eye-filling show at Los Angeles, sparking Rams to 31-10 triumph over Washington; Cleveland outdefensed Pittsburgh 10-0.
TENNIS—U.S. DAVIS CUPPERS moved step nearer Brisbane, polishing off Argentina in quick order in American Zone final at Rye, N.Y. Barry MacKay and Ham Richardson overpowered Eduardo Soriano and Enrique Morea in singles while MacKay teamed up with Sammy Giammalva to turn back same pair in doubles for clinching point.
SHOOTING—SOVIET sharpshooters were on target, outbanged U.S. experts 2,776 to 2,727 for new world record, won small-bore pistol event as world shooting championships got under way in Moscow.
HORSE RACING—CHICAGO'S ARLINGTON PARK hung out dollar sign last week, ponied up $267,225 for two big races, found willing takers. Battle Heart, bred and owned by Lexington's Ed Metz and winner of only $5,977 in six previous starts, a fact which readily explained his 45-to-1 price, stepped smartly through six furlongs, showed his hoofs to favored and previously unbeaten Dark Vintage to haul down $71,000 of $107.150 gross in Princess Pat for 2-year-old fillies. Three days later, Claiborne Farm's strapping Nadir, no stranger to big purses, broke fast, pranced merrily around heavy track under superb handling of fiery Manuel Ycaza to win $160,075 American Derby for 3-year-olds and $144,600 pot for Owner Bull Hancock. Raved Ycaza (who once called Jewel's Reward "the best horse I ever rode"): "He's a great one...the best 3-year-old I've ever ridden."
Admiral Vee, gallant old geezer whose earnings have helped Owner Edward Seinfeld build plush Miami motel, fought off Inside Tract in head-bobbing stretch duel, dropped his nose down in front at wire to take $56,700 Saratoga Handicap.
GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK, longball belting ex-Duke footballer who had gone two years without tournament victory, finally hit jackpot in St. Paul Open, mangling Keller Course with 25-under-par 263 to win welcome $3,500 first-place money.
TRACK & FIELD—U.S. track and field nomads, laden down with shining trophies and exotic souvenirs, and bubbling with optimism for future after victories over Russia, Poland, Hungary and Greece, flew into New York's International Airport, received well-deserved pat on back from Mayor Robert L. Wagner. Summed up Coach George Eastment: "A very rewarding trip, but we're glad to be home."
IAAF, after months of pondering, nodded approval to three controversial world records, added 15 more (six by Americans I to official books. Russia's Yuri Stepanov, whose reported use of "elevator" shoes caused prolonged hesitation, was given credit for 7-foot 1.2-inch high jump while IAAF ignored alleged use of rabbits, recognized 3:57.2 mile (since beaten by Herb Elliott's fantastic 3:54.5) by England's Derek Ibbotson and 3:38.1 for 1,500 meters by Czechoslovakia's Stanislav Jungwirth.
BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP contenders exchanged greetings with British challenger Sceptre at Newport, then set out for eight days of Observation Trials. Vim, John Matthews' grand old lady of the sea, outsailed Columbia and Weatherly in match races, was still boat to beat. Easterner, sometimes moving smartly but not often enough, trailed both Columbia and Weatherly.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—LISTER-JAGS took their first major beating on SCCA circuit at Montgomery, N.Y., where Chuck Daigh of Beverly Hills, behind wheel of Lance Reventlow's Chevy-powered Scarab, swirled into lead when Walt Hansgen was forced to pits with blown tire, held narrow advantage and average speed of 77.1 mph to end of 50-lap race. But Runner-up Hansgen still picked up 1,000 points in race for Class C modified driving championship. At Milwaukee, Home-towner Augie Pabst pushed his 2.5-liter Ferrari Testa Rosa at average speed of 74.9 mph, rode off with first national SCCA victory.
FISHING—ATLANTIC TUNA TOURNAMENT at Galilee, R.I. began with flood of giant blue-fins (record 50 in first two days), ended abruptly when dense off-shore fog, raucous winds and rough seas kept eager anglers idle on final day. Nathan Schwartz of Cranston, R.I. snared biggest tuna—a 595-pounder—while Montauk, L.I., Yacht Club landed team prize with 2,944 points.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED—JOHNNY SUM-MERLIN, 26, onetime ranking heavyweight who was approved by Michigan Athletic Board physician for losing (by KO in fifth) fight with Nino Valdes May 24 despite numbness in left side, later diagnosed as hypesthesia (SI, June 16); at Detroit.
DIED—HENRY RUSSELL (RED) SANDERS, 53, talented coach who came out of South (Vanderbilt) to lead UCLA to football heights; of heart attack, at Los Angeles (see page 26).