University of Texas foursome of Wally Wilson, Eddie Southern, Hollis Gainey and Bobby Whilden snapped off precision 440-yard relay in world record time of 39.9, bested Texas' own year-old mark by .2 in Kansas Relays at Lawrence (April 20).
Gert Potgieter, South Africa's youthful Olympian, bounded hard and fast over seldom-run 440-yard hurdles, set new world record of 50.8, slicing half-second off three-year-old mark, at Queenstown (April 20).
Willie Atterberry, 23-year-old Michigan State freshman, buzzed through 600-yard run in 1:08.5, lopped over half-second off Ben Eastmen's 24-year-old American record in Ohio Relays, at Columbus (April 20).
Quartet of American water babies led feminine assault on swim records in National Women's Indoor Championships at Beverly Hills, Calif., cracked three world, three U.S. marks. Freckle-faced Sylvia Ruuska, 14, of Berkeley, stroked to world record of 5:08 in 400-yard medley heat (April 16), came back strong to win 500-yard freestyle in U.S. record time of 5:47.8 (April 17); Carin Cone, 17, shapely Olympic silver medalist from New Jersey, set world standard of 1:03.8 in 100-yard backstroke (April 18) after setting national mark of 2:25.2 in winning 200-yard backstroke (April 16). Chris von Saltza, 13, of Santa Clara, Calif., clocked U.S. record of 2:42.9 on way to close win over Miss Ruuska in 250-yard freestyle (April 18); Nancy Ramey (see page 32) twice established world records in 100-yard butterfly (April 18).
Wheatley Stable's Bold Ruler staged furious drive for Jockey Eddie Arcaro over last quarter mile, edged Gallant Man by nose in $59,400 Wood Memorial at Jamaica, set track mark of 1:48 4/5 for nine furlongs in warmup for May 4th Kentucky Derby (see below).
Iron Liege, No. 2 colt in powerful Calumet Farm string, showed his speed in one-length victory over Cain Hoy's One-Eyed King, stablemate Gen. Duke in special seven-furlong race at Keeneland, equaled track mark of 1:22 2/5 for distance (see below).
Gene Littler, 26-year-old former National Amateur champion from San Diego, inspired by record Calcutta of $265,650, first-place money of $10,000, found sudden cure for long slump, shot four-round 285 to win Las Vegas Tournament of Champions for third straight year, by three strokes. Winner's Calcutta backer, Singer Frankie Laine, picked up $95,634 for $15,500 investment, brought three-year Las Vegas earnings on Littler to $192,654. Cary Middlecoff, who sold to Funnyman Bob Hope for top bid of $21,000, finished in three-way tie for 11th with 293.
Spider Webb, favored by odds that zoomed to 7 to 1 at ringside, took stiff punishment from hard-pressing, left-hooking Randy Sandy, but held on to squeeze out close decision, 20th straight win in bloody, 10-round middleweight bout at Chicago.
Montreal, after shutout in Boston had momentarily checked headlong rush toward second straight Stanley Cup championship, returned home, got five goals from five different players, crushed Bruins 5-1 in rough, bloody final game, captured series four games to one. Frantic Referee Frank Udvari, striving to keep trigger-tempered skaters in order, doled out 17 penalties, 10 of them in wild first period.
Major leagues finished first week of season with some favorites on top, some on bottom. In American League, Chicago got good pitching, ran off four-game winning streak to hold first place, but defending champion New York despite homerless Mickey Mantle were only game behind, in second. Cleveland lost three of four, wound up in cellar, three games back. In National League, Milwaukee was in first with 4-0 record, trailed by Brooklyn at 4-1, while Cincinnati lost four straight, fell to last.
TRACK & FIELD
Kansas Relays gave track fans plenty of action in 32nd renewal at Lawrence with one world record (see "Record Breakers"), one collegiate mark, nine meet records. Host University of Kansas' four-mile relay team (Hal Long, Tom Skutka, Jan Howell, Jerry McNeal) swept to new college mark with 16:57.8 clocking; former Kansas Weight Man Bill Nieder gave fellow-Olympian Parry O'Brien rare licking in exhibition shotput with 62-foot 2-inch heave, to win by three feet; Wilt Chamberlain, still in shape from basketball season, took second in high jump, third in hop, step & jump; Polish-born John Macy of Houston beat Teammate Jerry Smartt in 3,000-meter steeplechase; dark-haired, slender Ken Kelly, of Fort Sam Houston, took decathlon competition with 5,891 points.
In Dallas invitational, Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow ran wind-aided 9.3 100-yard dash, but Texas' Eddie Southern was voted most valuable, with victories in high, low hurdles, leg on winning 440-yard-relay team.
National Basketball Association sat down to annual college draft session in St. Louis, faced lean crops of graduating seniors. Newly transplanted Cincinnati Royals made West Virginia's clowning Hot Rod Hundley first pick, promptly traded him to Minneapolis for Big Clyde Lovellette in seven-man deal; other plums selected were SMU's Jim Krebs by Minneapolis, Memphis State's Win Wilfong by St. Louis, Louisville's Charlie Tyra by New York, North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth by Philadelphia.
Santa Clara Swim Club, paced by winning 400-yard medley relay quartet (4:27.2), all-round team strength, broke four-year grip of Walter Reed SC on team crown, scored 59 points to splash off with women's AAU indoor title at Beverly Hills, Calif. (see "Record Breakers").
DIED—John Wesley Coombs, 74, iron-man major league pitcher with Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn, Detroit, who started, finished, won 24-inning marathon for A's against Boston in 1906, posted three route-going victories in five days during 1910 World Series against Chicago Cubs, won 159 games in majors, including 31 in 1910, former Duke University baseball coach; of heart attack, in Palestine, Texas.
DIED—Bernard J. (Bernie) Wefers, 84, onetime Georgetown University-NYAC track star, three-time national sprint champion in 1890s, who set world record of 21.2 for 220-yard dash in 1896, posted time of 9.4 for 100 yards in era when world's best was 9.8, but had astounding performance disallowed by stodgy AAU officials who declared that "no man can run that fast"; after long illness, in New York.
ENGAGED—Stirling Moss, 27, lean, daring British auto racing ace who ranks second in world behind Maserati Teammate Juan Fangio, to Katherine Molson, 22, dark-haired daughter of Montreal brewer; in London.