BOXING—History was repeating itself. In Los Angeles, Hollywood Promoter Jackie Leonard advised California Commission that Blinky Palermo's pilfering habits were not confined to newspapers and magazines. Blinky also wanted piece of Welterweight Champion Don Jordan and even enlisted aid of fugitive hoodlum Frankie Carbo, with whom Leonard met last January in Miami motel. But, the Commission heard, Don Nesseth, Jordan's manager, refused to stand still for heist and usual gangster threats followed.
In New York, Heavyweight Challenger Ingemar Johansson, who tossed fat into fire when he charged in his recently published memoirs that Cus D'Amato had insisted he get himself American manager (for 10% cut) before he could fight Floyd Patterson for title, sat back and watched it sputter. New York Commission threw out application of Harry Davidow, one-time D'Amato associate, for manager's license. Huffed ex-Chairman Julius Helfand: "This whole thing stinks to high heaven."
TRACK & FIELD—Things were looking up in pole vault, especially at Norman, Okla., where three collegians topped 15 feet for first time in dual meet. Oklahoma's J.D. Martin, a rangy sophomore, made his maiden voyage into once-rare atmosphere beyond 15 feet, did 15-3/4, but Oklahoma State's Aubrey Dooley and Jim Graham went even higher, soaring 15-5 (see below).
With temporary lull in big meet schedules, Big Ten and Pacific Coast engaged in private battles for conference titles. At Ann Arbor, Illinois took wraps off Sophomore Ward Miller, who won 100 and 220 to send Illini on way to Big Ten honors. At Seattle, it was familiar story. USC had the over-all strength and scored 54 points for its 18th PCC crown.
May 31, 1959
TENNIS—The Davis Cup drums began beating again when USLTA, meeting in Seattle to honor President Vic Denny, named 11-man preliminary squad, which will be pared to four on July 1. No. 1, of course, was Alex Olmedo, swarthy Peruvian who almost single-handed brought cup back to U.S. last year. His mates: Barry MacKay, Earl Buchholz, Chris Crawford, Bernard Bartzen, Don Dell, Jack Douglas, Myron Franks, Ron Holmberg, Grant Golden and Cliff Mayne. Selection Committee Chairman Jim Moffitt, obviously with Captain Perry Jones's assent, also left door ajar for reluctant veterans Ham Richardson, Vic Seixas, Dick Savitt and Tom Brown, said they, too, would be considered if they make themselves available.
Meanwhile, from Australia came interesting financial report which showed 1958 challenge round at Brisbane netted $134,540. America's share: $81,880.