BOXING—First roasted then toasted by nation's squirming sportswriters, Sweden's dimply Ingemar Johansson and ivyish Promoter Bill Rosensohn, a pair of neophytes in boxing's jungle, sat back to enjoy fruits of their labors. And all because Ingo caught Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson again and again with his booming right, sent Cus D'Amato's cloistered young warrior bouncing up and clown like yo-yo in full view of stunned 21,961 in New York's Yankee Stadium. Rocked and socked to canvas seven times by Ingo's might, proud Patterson struggled gamely but hopelessly to rubbery feet six times before referee stopped fight in third round (see page 12).
This is an article from the July 6, 1959 issue
TRACK & FIELD—While defending champion Rafer Johnson, nursing ailing back suffered in auto accident, fidgeted in stands, Nationalist China's wiry C. K. Yang (see below) pulled himself past Oregon's Dave Edstrom with 14-foot 2½-inch leap in pole vault, barely won AAU decathlon title with 7,549 points (to Edstrom's 7,544) at Kingsburg, Calif. Biggest surprise was NYU's Mike Herman, who was third with 6,760 and may yet join Edstrom in trying to contain Russia's Kuznetsov at Philadelphia—but only if Johnson is unable to compete.
Less rugged but just as willing, gals had their day at Cleveland, where Isabelle Daniels' double victory (60 meters in 7.6, 200 meters in 24.1) led Tennessee State to fifth straight AAU title. Only other double winner: Earlene Brown, who tossed shot 46 feet 4¾ inches and discus 153 feet 8 inches.
GOLF—Mickey Wright, blonde, personable long-ball belter from San Diego, sprayshot the last three holes but held on grimly for 71 which gave her record 287, two strokes on Louise Suggs and second straight Women's Open at Pittsburgh's tight Churchill Valley layout. Bubbled Mickey: "I'm tickled to death, numb and relieved."
TENNIS—Wimbledon puffed along to day of decision, but without several seeded stars who had high hopes of being on center court for finals. Britain's husky and top-ranked Christine Truman was among those bruised by upset. Slowed down by volatile Yola Ramirez, Chris bumbled and stumbled, was no match for scampering little Mexican miss and lost 6-3, 6-2 in fourth round.
HORSE RACING—With big-name 3-year-olds like Tomy Lee, Royal Orbit and Silver Spoon choosing to sit this one out, Los Angeles Oilman Howard Keck's Bagdad frisked along under Willie Shoemaker, ran merrily away from drab field to take $112,000 Hollywood Derby by six easy lengths.