THE COURTS—In New York the trial of Frankie Carbo, boxing's No. 1 hood, on 10 counts of conspiracy, illegal matchmaking and managing, was adjourned to Oct. 26. Carbo, fingering a $25 tie, was remanded by Judge John A. Mullen, who revoked his $100,000 bond. Carbo was also hit with a federal complaint charging he owed $750,719 in back taxes and penalties. But Judge Mullen had his troubles, too: the law under which Carbo is to be tried has been described as "lousily" written; Mullen, who is fiercely honest, must complete the case by December 31, when he retires because of age, or it will be declared a mistrial.
James D. Norris, wanted as a witness in the trial of coffee-drinking chum Carbo, was served with a writ in Cicero, Ill. as his colt, Easy Spur, won the seventh at Hawthorne Park. Norris, who New York State District Attorney Frank Hogan said conferred and dealt with Frankie when he was on the lam, must show cause why he should not be sent to New York in the first test of a brand-new reciprocal witness act.
HORSE RACING—Willie Shoemaker, who rode 15 winners last week, climbed aboard Round Table, the world's leading money-winning horse, and steered the 5-year-old home a length ahead of Bald Eagle in the $58,200 Manhattan Handicap at Aqueduct. It was Shoemaker's 301st win of the season. Round Table's 43rd lifetime win, boosting the horse's earnings from four years of running to $1,727,749.
It was a fitting victory for Shoemaker, who this week is to be inducted into the National Jockeys Hall of Fame at Pimlico. In his 10 years as a jockey the 28-year-old Shoemaker has ridden more winners in a single year (485 in 1953) than any other jockey, has been the only one to ride 300 or more winners for five consecutive years. In 1954 Shoemaker won an almost incredible 30% of his races; his mounts have won more than $17 million in purses.
October 18, 1959
BOATING—Staging a comeback from last month's President's Cup regatta in which his hydro flipped over, Bill Stead swooshed the Las Vegas-owned Maverick through her paces, won all three of his heats on the final day in the first Reno Regatta on Pyramid Lake. Stead clipped off an average 107.4 mph. left Nitrogen, which placed second in the President's Cup, a mile behind at the finish.
In the balmy breezes playing across Bermuda's Great Sound, skippers from the United States and Norway had a last fling at sailing before putting their boats up for the winter when they competed in the International One-Design championships against Bermuda. The six-day, six-race event quickly turned into a duel between two U.S. skippers—Herman Whiton of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and his fellow Long Islander, Warner Willcox. In the last two races Whiton finally took the championship by 2 3/4 points over Willcox. Bert Darrell of Bermuda was third.
HARNESS RACING—In his last race for the season Bye Bye Byrd, holder of five world records, left his closest competition. Mighty Dudley, seven lengths behind at the finish of the $52,500 Harness Tracks of America Final at Roosevelt Raceway. When he crossed the line under the whipping of Clint Hodgins. Bye Bye Byrd pushed his earnings for the season to $199,692, a record high. If awarded the purse still under dispute by the owners of Speedy Pick, who appealed disqualification charges in a September 4 race, he will become the first standardbred to earn more than $200,000 in a single season of racing.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—Through a flaming New York autumn 65 cars carefully navigated their way over 523 miles of varied driving terrain, ranging from fast highways to muddy back roads, checking the seconds and counting the miles in the Rip Van Winkle Sports Car Rally. At the end of the third day the driver-navigator team of Andrew Deming from Washington, D.C. and Thomas Lusk from Alexandria. Va. brought their Volvo to a stop at the finish, were declared victors with a total time of only 74 seconds off a perfect score.
Roaring over 200 miles at an average speed of 89.1 mph. Phil Hill of Santa Monica, Calif., driving a 3-liter Ferrari, captured the $25,000 Grand Prix for sports cars at Riverside, Calif., by one lap over Lloyd Ruby of Houston, driving a 4.5 Maserati Special. Hill, winner of the 1958 Le Mans endurance race, covered the distance in 2:16:45, collected $6,500 for victory. Pre-race favorite Stirling Moss was forced to drop out with mechanical trouble. At the start of the race Rodger Ward, Indianapolis "500" winner, skidded into a two-car smash-up that sent Drivers Jack Graham and Dan Gurney to the hospital.