A long shot furnished a fresh look in race track finishes, Silky Sullivan showed that he can still triumph in his favorite state, 93,103 fans paid to see a benefit baseball game, and sheriff's deputies helped to clear Chavez Ravine for Walter O'Malley
Shot long shot Clay Spark has feet of clay as he stumbles, √† la Leon Errol, at the wire at Tanforan. Stumblebum horse and Jockey Arthur Goldsmith, whose feet remained in the stirrups for official ride, managed to stagger across to $32.30 win.
World's biggest yacht race gets under way at Newport Beach, Calif. as part of 319-boat fleet in the 12th annual Ensenada race heads for Todos Santos Bay, some 130 miles distant. Class A winner: Charles Ulman's 50-foot sloop, The Legend.
Record crowd of 93,103 (paid), largest ever to witness a baseball game in the U.S., fills Los Angeles Coliseum to watch the Yankees defeat the Dodgers 6-2 in an exhibition contest. New York charities and Roy Campanella were the beneficiaries.
May 17, 1959
Comeback catcher Campanella meets comeback horse Sullivan at Hollywood Park after Silky came from 15 lengths back to win Campanella purse. Campy, alas, admitted he didn't back Silky.
Long battle for Chavez Ravine, where Dodgers plan to build new ball park, enters further phase as deputies haul off evicted residents. Moving van is in background.