Wes Santee, quick-striding, talkative Kansan, dropped down to half-mile day after running 4:05.5 mile at Los Angeles Coliseum Relays, had no trouble with wind as he ripped off 1:48.5 in California Relays at Modesto, Calif., bettered Mal Whitfield's recognized world record of 1:48.6 but was full second over 1:47.5 turned in by Lon Spurrier March 26.
Texas foursome of Dean Smith, Al Frieden, Jerry Prewit and Bob Whilden fought off determined Houston quartet, sprinted to new world record of 0:40.2 for 440-yard relay; Franklin (Bud) Held, former Stanford star, hurled javelin 268 feet 2½ inches to beat own world mark, at Modesto.
Charley Tidwell, fast-stepping Independence, Kan. H.S. speedster, zipped over 180-yard low hurdles in 0:18.5, lowered U.S. scholastic standard at Wichita, Kan.
El Drag, Rex C. Ellsworth's 4-year-old stablemate of Kentucky Derby winner Swaps, flashed brilliant burst of speed, was guided to 1:20 clocking by Johnny Longden, shattered world record for seven furlongs in $15,000 Crenshaw Handicap at Hollywood Park, Calif.
St. Vincent, 4-year-old chestnut gelding, raced mile-and-three-eighths in 2:15 2/5 for new U.S. turf course standard in $31,000 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico, Md.
Streaking New York Yankees, with seven in a row, displaced Cleveland as American League leader. Yankee pitching remained shaky, but timely hitting brought two victories over third-place Chicago White Sox and four over hapless, cellar-dwelling Baltimore Orioles. Indians lost three games in week, but got strong shutout pitching from Rookie Herb Score for 19-0 win from Boston and workmanlike one-hitter from Veteran Early Wynn for 4-0 triumph over Detroit. Wynn walked four, gave line single to Fred Hatfield in fourth, then retired last 16 men in order.
National League pennant race took more definite form as New York Giants, with strong pitching overcoming lack of power hitting, ran up six straight wins. In every game, pitchers made narrow leads hold up as Giants went into second place, 6 games behind Dodgers. Brooklyn faltered, lost three straight to Cardinals, Phillies, but came back with two weekend victories. Surprising Chicago Cubs won four straight, took firm grip on third place. Cub pitching remained unexpectedly brilliant. Stubby Righthander Hal Jeffcoat won two games in relief, saved a third. Veteran Warren Hacker pitched his finest game, had no-hitter for 8 1/3 innings at Milwaukee until Pinch Hitter George Crowe homered. Hacker won, 2-1, gave one hit, one walk. Pittsburgh Pirates took on old, familiar look, extended losing streak to 11 straight, fell to virtual tie for last with futile Phillies.
U.S. amateurs swept 10 of 12 matches, overwhelmed Great Britain to capture Walker Cup for 14th time in 15 years at cold, damp St. Andrews, Scotland. Americans won all foursome matches on first day, followed with second-day singles victories by Billy Joe Patton, Dick Yost, Jim Jackson, Bruce Cudd, Harvie Ward and Don Cherry. Only Britishers to win: Scotland's David Blair and England's Ian Caldwell.
Jessie Valentine, sturdy 40-year-old Scottish matron who won her first British women's open amateur crown 18 years ago, whacked out 7 and 6 triumph over pert, long-hitting Barbara Romack, 22-year-old Sacramento, Calif. insurance worker, whose usual steady game was hampered by swollen ankle and high winds, won her second title at Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Dick Mayer, St. Petersburg, Fla., who had won only $3,142.26 on tournament trail in 45 rounds, fired long tee shots, did not miss a green in five-under-par final round of 67, won $4,000 first prize in Kansas City Open golf tournament with 72-hole score of 271, 17 under par. Mayer's victory margin: six strokes over Chandler Harper, Portsmouth, Va., and Billy Maxwell, Odessa, Texas.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ron Delaney, mercury-footed Villanova freshman, finished second to Fordham's Tom Courtney in sizzling, star-studded half-mile, was placed first when officials disqualified Courtney for cutting off Pitt's heralded Arnie Sowell in Coliseum Relays at Los Angeles. Northwestern's Jim Golliday won 100 in 0:09.6, after seven false starts eliminated Penn's Johnny Haines and New York's Andy Stanfield, who captured 220-yard low hurdles in 0:23.3. Among other winners: Wes Santee in 4:05.5 mile; Australia's Kevan Gosper, who upset Lou Jones and Jim Lea in 0:46.9 quarter-mile; Olympic Club's Cy Young, whose 257-foot toss took javelin; Houston, tops in 440-yard relay in 0:40.8 and 880-yard relay in 1:25; Oklahoma A&M, anchored by swift J. W. Mashburn, in mile relay in 3:10.9.
California Relays at Modesto was scene of three world record performances (by Santee, Held, Texas), four national junior college and freshman marks. Danny Schweikert of Fullerton J.C. ran mile in 4:13.9, two-mile in 9:28.7. Art Pederson of Modesto J.C. soared 14 feet 4 inches in pole vault; Chuck Kirkby of Mt. San Antonio raced half-mile in 1:52.4 for junior college record. Freshman standard was set by California's sprint medley relay team of Monte Upshaw, John Merchant, Leamon King and Don Bowden, who were timed in 3:20.9.
Kansas scored in every event but one, rolled up amazing total of 173 points for new record, powered its way to Big Seven Conference title at Lawrence, Kan. Jayhawks' Allen Frame scored double in mile (4:16.5) and two-mile (9:27.9), matched Sprinter Dick Blair's victories in 100 and 200. Auburn got 12 important points from Bill Yarbrough, nosed out favored Florida 49 to 47 for Southeastern Conference championship at Birmingham, Ala.
Nick Costes, Natick, Mass. schoolteacher who finished third in Boston Marathon, took over at halfway mark, breezed to easy victory in National AAU Marathon in Yonkers, N.Y. Costes finished 13 minuses, two miles ahead of nearest challenger, set record 2:31.12.4 clocking for 26-mile, 385-yard race.
Memo Diez of Mexico City floored unpredictable Keeny Teran of Los Angeles with short left hook in third round, watched rival take full count while in kneeling position, won North American flyweight championship by knockout at Hollywood, Calif. Teran, who once admitted he was a dope addict, lodged mild protest, later said he quit "because I didn't feel like fighting. It was my frame of mind." Next day, California Athletic Commission revealed Teran refused to submit to fluid test at weigh-in, suspended him indefinitely pending "thorough investigation of his physical condition."
Ralph Dupas, 19-year-old top-ranked lightweight contender, opened old cut over right eye of New York's Frankie Ryff in first round, slashed away at injury with tantalizing jabs, won split decision to snap Ryff's unbeaten streak in bloody 10-rounder before 9,200 New Orleans fans who paid $48,000, biggest local gate since John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett bout in 1892.
Helioscope, William Helis Jr.'s spirited but playful 4-year-old, moved into lead at start, held off Social Outcast in driving finish, nosed out Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's chestnut gelding by scant half-length to win mile-and-quarter $54,000 Massachusetts Handicap in track record time of 2:01 at Suffolk Downs, East Boston.
Traffic Judge, second choice in $30,900 Withers Mile, was brought to front in stretch by Eddie Arcaro, stayed there to outrun Nance's Lad by length-and-three-quarters at Belmont Park, N.Y., won $21,850.
Mrs. Ogden Phipps' Neji, with Flint Schulhofer up, took advantage of mishaps to King Commander and favored Shipboard at next to last jump, went on to capture heralded $21,800 International Steeplechase by 15 lengths at Belmont Park. Runners-up were Ancestor and Hyvania, giving horses trained by George H. (Pete) Bostwick, one-time high-goal polo player and gentleman jockey, first three positions. European entries finished far behind leaders.
Johnny Adams, 40-year-old grandfather, booted home Hasty House's Mister Black by three-and-half lengths in $25,000 Continental Turf Handicap at Washington Park, Homewood, Ill., became fourth U.S. jockey to ride 3,000 winners.
Maurice Trintignant, fiery French driver, maneuvered his Ferrari through Monaco's narrow streets and twisting seaside boulevards at average speed of 66.19 mph, completed difficult 196.5-mile course in 2:58:9.8 to win Grand Prix d'Europe. Italy's Eugene Castellotti was second in Lancia but Alberto Ascari, runner-up at halfway mark, had worse luck, suffered bad nose cut and bruises when his Lancia shot over curve and into sea. England's Stirling Moss and Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, both in Mercedes Silver Bullets, led most of way, finally dropped out of race.
Starting line-up for 500-mile Memorial Day Classic at Indianapolis was completed with 25 more qualifying, including Jimmy Bryan, AAA big-car point champion in '54. Only two former winners qualified: Bill Vukovich ('53, '54) and Johnny Parsons ('50), who made it on final day. Week's fastest qualifying time: Cal Niday, Pacoima, Calif., 140.302, in D-A Lubricants Special. Eight rookies qualified in 33-car field.
Cornell's varsity crew, loaded with six sophomores who stroked to victory at Onondaga Lake last year, trailed Yale for part of way, forged ahead half-mile from finish, edged Elis in record-breaking 8:41.4 for mile-and-three-quarters, took third straight Carnegie Cup at Princeton, N.J.
Wisconsin got the most out of low but powerful beat, outdistanced California by two lengths for fourth consecutive year at Oakland, Calif.
Buzz Fazio, veteran captain of Detroit's Stroh's Beer team, came from behind to nose out young Joe Kristof of Chicago by two pins in final match, won ABC Masters tournament at Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Irish Double, 9-year-old brown gelding, outran Flaw and Banner Waves, gave Owner Arthur E. Pew Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pa. permanent possession of Rose Tree Plaque at Media, Pa.
HONORED—Wilbur Shaw, three-time winner of Indianapolis "500," president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who died in plane crash last November; posthumously awarded Edenburn Trophy as man who had done most for American auto racing in 1954.
DIED—Manuel Ayulo, 33, colorful Burbank, Calif. auto racer, second-ranked in nation last year; of injuries suffered when his Kurtis-Kraft slammed into concrete retaining wall during qualifying trials for Memorial Day 500-mile race, at Indianapolis.
DIED—Harrison J. (Doc) Weaver, 69, longtime St. Louis Cardinals trainer (since 1927), former Ohio Wesleyan football star, regarded as expert ball player psychologist, famed as "whammy" specialist who could put quick jinx on opposition; of heart attack, at St. Louis.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Yale over Harvard, 8-2, Eastern Intercollegiate League title, Cambridge, Mass.
Ohio state over Michigan, 13-4 and 5-1, Big Ten title, Columbus, Ohio.
Willie Pep, 10-round decision over Gil Cadilli, featherweights, Detroit.
Gil Turner, 10-round draw with Ramon Fuentes, welterweights, New York City.
Armand Savoie, 10-round decision over Aldo Mente, lightweights, Tampa, Fla.
Dai Dower, 10-round decision over Jean Kidy, flyweights, Carmarthen, Wales.
Paddy Demarco, 10-round split decision over Libby Manzo, lightweights, New York City.
Ray Bala, Windsor, Ont., Canadian Ten-Pin Championship, 3,000 pins.
Clinton Parmalee, Newark, N.Y., national amateur championship, Lake Mohegan, N.Y.
Ch. Marberlane's Minuet (Kerry blue terrier), best-in-show. Ladies Kennel Association, Garden City, N.Y.
Ch. Wilber White Swan (toy poodle), best-in-show. Long Island Kennel Club, Locust Valley, L.I.
Tule Pete, 28th Annual Frog Jumping Jubilee, 15 feet 5 inches in three leaps, Angels Camp, Calif.
Jerry Fehr, Yale University golf captain, over Perky Cullinane, Georgetown, 2 and 1, Eastern Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship.
Oscar and Rubrecht Obert over Ed Bowers and Irving Kirzner, National AAU One-Wall Doubles Championships, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Subahdar, $34,650 Camden Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by 2½ lengths, in 1:47 2/5 for new track record, Garden State Park, N.J. Tony DeSpirito up.
Maryland over Johns Hopkins, 11-5, for national collegiate championship, College Park, Md.
Hofstra over Rutgers, 16-6, tied with Rutgers for Laurie Cox Division title, New Brunswick, N.J.
Pennsylvania by 1½ lengths over Rutgers in 7:00, 1 5/16 miles, Philadelphia.
Princeton 150s by six seconds over Harvard in 7:06.4, 1 5/16 miles, Goldthwaite Cup. Derby, Conn.
St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia, by V, length over Washington-Lee in 5:04.8, 1-mile. Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jack Kelly Jr., Philadelphia, by 3½ lengths, senior single sculls in 6:48, one mile, City of Boston Regatta, Boston, Mass.
Beverly Baker Fleitz, Long Beach, Calif., over Elaine Watson, England, 6-3, 6-2, for women's title, Wiesbaden International Tennis Tournament, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Nicola Pietrangeli, Italy, over Orlando Sirola, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6 for men's title.
TRACK AND FIELD
Victoria (Texas) college, 91 points, National Junior College Championships, Hutchinson, Kans.
Boston University, 55½ points, New England Intercollegiate Meet, Lewiston, Maine.
Guillermo Weller, Buenos Aires, over a field of 20 in 3:40.58, National AAU 40-Kilometer Championship, Cincinnati, Ohio.