TRACK & FIELD—U.S. trackmen continued to behave as if Russians were already in Philadelphia. At Compton, Calif., chesty Marine Lieutenant Al Cantello (see right), who had never tossed javelin better than 249 feet 3 inches, flung spear 282 feet 3½ inches to break world record. Shotputter Parry O'Brien, conscious of neck-breathing of Dallas Long and Bill Nieder. flipped big ball 62 feet 7 inches and Southern California Striders' Mike Larrabee sneaked up on outside while Eddie Southern and Glenn Davis were busily dueling each other, zipped home first in 440 in 46.1. But even more gratifying for future was work of pair of high school milers. Archie San Romani. son of oldtime champion, finished third behind Striders' Jerome Walters (who won in 4:06.2) in 4:08.9, best time ever for schoolboy, while Dale Story of Orange. Calif. was fifth in 4:11.2.
This is an article from the June 15, 1959 issue
Houston's Tournament of Champions lost some of its luster when Bobby Morrow, wheeling along in full flight in 100. suddenly pulled up lame with muscle spasm (see page 39). Davis and Southern went at it again and this time Davis won 440 in 46.9. Oklahoma's Gail Hodgson proved to be man in biggest hurry, snapping through mile in 4:04.4.
Winston Salem, demonstrating that quality is often more important than quantity, sent three-man team to NAIA championships at Sioux Falls, S.D., got enough points (56) from trio to edge East Texas State (55) for title. Elias Gilbert (see below), who relieves pre-meet tensions by clowning, was picture of relaxation as he breezed home first in 120-, 220- and 440-yard hurdles to score 30 points. Teammates Godfrey Moore and Russell Rogers added the rest.
HORSE RACING—Sir Humphrey de Trafford's indolent bay colt Parthia failed to "go lazy," hastened down stretch under urging of Jockey Harry Carr to win 180th Epsom Derby and $101,018 prize. Two days later Aly Khan's Petite Etoile bustled home first in Epsom Oaks to give owner victories in three of England's four major flat races.
BOXING—Boxing's hoodlum element dirtied up week's headlines again (see page 18). In Los Angeles Promoter Jackie Leonard, who recently testified that he was threatened by Mobster Frankie Carbo and his bleating sidekick Blinky Palermo, was slugged and sent to hospital; in New York another Carbo buddy, Gabe Genovese, was found guilty of being undercover fight manager; in Camden, N.J. Carbo himself was jailed until New York can extradite him on 10-count indictment.
Crafty Joe Brown jiggled up his old bones in time to slice up aggressive Paolo Rosi, retained his lightweight title when referee stopped fight at end of eighth round at Washington, D.C. But Rosi wasn't impressed: "He's a champ? Bah!"