July 20, 1959
July 20, 1959

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July 20, 1959

Coming Events
  • Scoring at the meet (5,3,2,1) helps the weaker team, since the entrant finishing fourth and last is automatically credited with a possibly undeserved point. But this will not prevent victory for either our men or the Russian women. Here, says Tex Maule, is the probable order of finish in each of the 32 events

Horse Racing
Harness Racing
Horse Show
Golden Gate
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK,Grossinger, N.Y., edged Arnold Palmer 272-273 to win Western Open and $5,000,Pittsburgh.
Betsy Rawls, Spartanburg, S.C., shot 68 and 69 on second and third rounds, butfinished with floundering 75 to barely hold off Patty Berg 288-289 for LadiesPGA title, French Lick, Ind.
Art Wall Jr., Pocono Manor, Pa., over Dow Finsterwald, 71-73, in playoff for$9,000 first prize, Buick Open, Grand Blanc, Mich.

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HARNESS RACING—BYEBYE BYRD: $50,000 Harness Tracks of America spring final, 1 m., by 2½ lengthsover O. F. Brady, in 1:59⅖ Yonkers (N.Y.) Raceway. Clint Hodgins,driver.
TRADER HORN: $32,200 Titan free-for-all trot, by ½ length over Sharpshooter inrace-off, in 2:04[4/5] for 1 m., Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. Billy Haughton,driver.

HORSE RACING—TOTALTRAFFIC, 5-year-old gelding who had won only twice in 12 starts this year,buzzed around Detroit track in 1:41[4/5] under Jockey Herberto Hinojosa to win$58,400 Michigan Mile and provide 30-1 payoff for backers.
Equated, owned by Thomas Carnegie, gamboled over 1-mile 70-yard course in1:41[4/5] to lower world record for distance, Waterford Pk., Chester, W. Va.Otto Crank up.

INTERNATIONALMOTOR SPORTS—STIRLING MOSS, Britain, scored double victory at Rouen, France,averaging 95.75 mph in Maserati to win 142.29-mile Coupe de LamareDeboutteville race and pushing Cooper-Borgward up to 97.44-mph average to take146.26-mile Grand Prix of Rouen for Formula II cars.

SWIMMING—AAUchampions: Freestyler JEFF FARRELL, Yale Naval ROTC, 100 meters in 56.9 and 200meters in 2:06.9; Freestyler ALAN SOMERS, Indianapolis AC, 1,500 meters in17:51.3 and 400 meters in 4:30.6 (U.S. citizens' records); INDIANAPOLIS AC'sSOMERS, DENNY O'NEIL, GEORGE BREEN and MIKE TROY, 800-meter freestyle relay in8:35.9 (U.S. record); MANUEL SANGUILY, Cuba, 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.6;RON CLARK, Detroit AC, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:45.6 (set U.S. mark of2:44.7 in trials); LANCE LARSON, Los Angeles AC, 200-meter medley in 2:24.7(U.S. record) and 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.1; BILL BARTON, Indianapolis AC,400-meter medley in 5:14.6 (betters listed U.S. record); DETROIT AC's JOHNSMITH, CLARK, DAVE GILLANDERS and CARL WOOLLEY, 400-meter medley relay in4:21.9 (U.S. citizens' record); DON HARPER, Cincinnati, 3-meter springboarddive with 532.8 pts.; GARY TOBIAN, Los Angeles AC, platform dive with 463.10pts.; PAULA JEAN MYERS POPE, Los Angeles, women's platform dive with 250.70pts. Team champion: INDIANAPOLIS AC with 102 pts.
Satoko Tanaka, 17-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, swam 200-meter backstroke in2:37.1 to break Chris Von Saltza's world record, Tokyo.

TENNIS—DENNISRALSTON, Bakersfield, Calif., over Ramsey Earnhart, Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-3, 6-8,6-2, 18-and-under boys' final; VICKIE PALMER, Phoenix., over Barbara Browning,Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-3, 18-and-under girls' final, natl. jr. hard courtschampionships, Burlingame, Calif. SPAIN, over Britain, 3-2; ITALY, over France,4-1, Davis Cup European zone semifinals.

TRACK &FIELD—DIXON FARMER, Orinda, Calif., scored 3,196 points in five events, upsetNationalist China's C. T. Yang for AAU natl. pentathlon title, El Monte,Calif.

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED:DAN HODGE, 27, former Oklahoma Olympic and NCAA wrestling champion who turnedheavyweight boxer, won Golden Gloves title, then became so-so pro; after 10fights, two losses and very little money, al Wichita, Kans.

DIED: GOLIATHUSGOLIATHUS, about 7 months old, giant-size (4½ inches long, 8-inch wingspread),black-and-while-striped African beetle who arrived at New York's AmericanMuseum of Natural History about six months ago (SI, Jan. 12), delighted viewerswith his banana-peeling technique; of old age, in New York.