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13 RECORDS IN A WATERY GRAVE

April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

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April 11, 1960

Toothpick
Cards
1960 Olympic Basketball Team U.S.
Bally Ache
Scouting Reports
  • Two full major league teams could be fielded from the Los Angeles roster, and there'd still be fine players on the bench. Yet this club will have to be lucky to win the pennant again

  • Red Schoendienst was out last year but even so the Braves were heavily favored to win the pennant. They failed. Now Red is back, there's a fiery new manager and Milwaukee is favored

  • The San Francisco Giants are hungry. Last year they were just about to eat the cake when it was stolen away. Now they are smarter and tougher, as the National League will soon discover

  • Friend, Mazeroski and Skinner are back inform, and the Pirates are dangerous once more. But without real power, they must play near-perfect baseball to rise above fourth this year

  • Slipping steadily since their third-place finish in 1956, the Reds have frantically plugged first one deficiency and then another. Now, at last, they seem to have a sound, solid team

  • Tied for seventh in 1957, tied for fifth in 1958, tied for fifth again last year, the Cubs have been improving. It would seem that this year...but no. The higher you go the tougher it gets

  • The Cardinals have gained in power and the pitching should be improved. But in 154 games an awful lot of baseballs are destined to find their way safely through that leaky defense

  • The Phillies have junked an old, losing club to give their youngsters a chance. This will be no miracle of 1950, but at least the Phils will lose in a younger, more interesting way

  • The Sox won in a weakened league and no one knows it better than Bill Veeck. He has strengthened the attack and made them the team to beat for the first time since 1920

  • A group of pawns on Frank Lane's chessboard came surprisingly close to capturing last year's pennant. Now, having exchanged a few key men, Lane feels he has a winner

  • The old Yankees are dead, and their replacements are not in the same class. This is a sound team but it is far from being a great one and it will need lots of luck to rise above third place

  • Tactical troubles—at shortstop and first base—still plague the Tigers. But the main problem is strategic: how to stir contented also-rans and give the faithful something really to shout about

  • The Red Sox finished in the second division last season for the first time since 1952. Now Jensen is gone and Williams is going, going. It may be a while before the Sox climb back up

  • After several halfway seasons, the Orioles are now fully committed to their youth program. Youngsters have taken over as the old names fade. It will all pay off...someday

  • There's a new optimism in Kansas City. The outfield is solid, the infield and pitching are better, and Hank Bauer has pepped up the whole ball club. Fifth place could be the result

  • A few years ago Washington was a one-man ball club and a last-place team. Things are brighter now. The Senators are still a cellar team but now they have some players people have heard of

Track
Tennis
Motor Sports
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

13 RECORDS IN A WATERY GRAVE

The AAU swimming championships last week produced the finest performances seen to date in an American pool

Minutes before the first event Friday night of last week's AAU national indoor swimming championships, Jeff Farrell, lieutenant j.g. of the United States Naval Reserve, was in torment. "I don't know why I keep swimming," he told no one in particular. "I don't know why most athletes don't have ulcers. I wish this was all over."

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A series of announcements added awful minutes to Farrell's wait for the start of the 220-yard freestyle, and he began to twist himself into some of the odd, contorted positions swimmers use to stay loose. He rotated his feet in tiny circles, craned his neck, stretched his shoulders and shook his arms. At last, and mercifully, he was called to the starting block at the Yale University pool.

The arena at New Haven is a huge amphitheater, and under the glare of TV cameras, with 2,000 spectators looking on intently, the place had an odd, unreal quality about it of an outsized operating room. A lean 6 feet, 154 pounds, Lieut. Farrell had good reason to wonder what fates had plunked him down in the middle of this scene. It was just a year ago that he had decided to give up swimming and enter the Navy's underwater demolition training program. But when Government red tape slowed his application papers and the Navy offered its top swimmers a chance to train under retired Yale Coach Bob Kiphuth, Farrell went to New Haven instead.

It was a happy decision for the U.S.'s 1960 Olympic prospects, because Friday night Farrell boiled through his 220-yard race in 2:00.2, demolishing the American record and putting him in a class at the distance with Australia's world champion, John Konrads. A considerably more relaxed Farrell continued his fast pace the next night and set another American record, 48.2 seconds, in the 100-yard freestyle. His performance and those of the five sprinters who finished a fingernail behind him are likely to drive the early-rising Australians to their practice pools at 2 in the morning if they plan to retain the Olympic sprint and relay titles they lifted from the U.S. in 1956.

But it wasn't Farrell and the sprinters alone who gave U.S. swim fans cause for good cheer. The meet produced three nights of record breaking without precedent in U.S. swimming history. In 13 of 14 final events the listed American marks were washed under. Stanford's George Harrison, a tanned, handsome blond who is constructed like an inverted pyramid, established himself as one of the world's best all-round swimmers with an American record of 4:28.6 in the 400-yard individual medley.

In the AAU butterfly events, Indiana's husky Mike Troy powered to a pair of spectacular victories, touching out Frank Legacki in the 100 and swamping the entire field in the 220. USC's smoothly disciplined Chuck Bittick convincingly ended Frank McKinney's four-year domination of the backstroke, while Bill Mulliken edged NCAA Champion Ron Clark in a 220-yard breaststroke final in time that places both athletes in the top rank of world swimmers. And a tall Indiana freshman, Alan Somers, gave promise of even better days ahead by driving himself to a 4:22.6 quarter mile. His pace was so fast that his coach, Jim Counsilman, shouted, "He'll never finish." The once magic phrase, "A new American record," droned from the loudspeaker with such regularity that it might have been monotonous, but the enthusiasm of the swimming-wise crowd grew with each success.

Aside from the records, which stamp the U.S. as a gold-medal contender in six of this summer's eight Olympic swimming events, the meet was significant in another way. It marked the ascendancy of a part-time sports-writer-turned-coach named Peter Daland, whose University of Southern California varsity added the AAU team title to the NCAA crown it had won the week before. Completing his third season at USC, Daland operates on a daily schedule so tight that he eats his lunch while driving 55 miles an hour on the Los Angeles freeways. Daland, 38, married and the father of two young sons, has deep-set eyes, a brush haircut, a ready smile and the alert head movements of a parakeet at suppertime. He is a traveling salesman—firstly for swimming, and secondly for swimming in California. Except for Australian Olympic Sprint Champion Jon Henricks (who, incidentally, failed to qualify in either the 100- or the 220-yard freestyle), the strength of Daland's USC team consists entirely of a proud band of southern California natives. They are the first wave of a rapidly growing program known, unimaginatively, as age-group swimming. The cumbersome phrase denotes simply a "start-'em-young" system similar to the one that has produced Australia's fine swimmers.

An assistant at Yale to Kiphuth for many years before he landed a coaching job at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in 1956, Daland has had an important part in this nationally developing program. To win the team title from Kiphuth's New Haven Swim Club (which included the Navy swimmers), some members of the USC varsity had to swim as many as 10 grueling events. Like other top swimmers today, they can survive the punishment because they have grown up to accept training routines that would have caused most coaches, only a decade or so ago, to throw up their hands and shout: "Impossible. The boy will explode." But with more and more coaches like Daland ("I'm eternally dissatisfied. We always hope to do better") to push them, and haunted by the knowledge that only the strongest will make the trip to Rome, American swimmers are proving they can match strokes with the best in the world.

PHOTOART RICKERBYRIDING HIGH IN WATER, POWERFUL-STROKING JEFF FARRELL OF THE U.S. NAVY GULPS DEEP BREATH AS HE SPEEDS TO AN AMERICAN RECORD OF 48.2 SECONDS IN THE 100-YARD FREESTYLE AT NEW HAVEN POOL. EARLIE, FARRELL BETTERED MARK FOR THE 220