Jimmy Epperson of Fort Worth and Ken Sorenson of Los Angeles buzzed over Sunset Lake's five-mile course for new records in NOA world championships for modified stocks at Corpus Christi (Oct. 5, 6) but temperamental engines in later heals kept both from winning titles. Epperson set mark of 46.392 mph in Class A runabout; Sorenson's best speed was 49.945 mph in Class B hydro.
Corsican, Robert Metzner's brown son of Lusty Song, became third pacer (others: Good Counsel, Torpid) to crack two minutes, sidewheeling mile in 1:59 4/5 in overnight race at Lexington, Ky. for new world mark for 2-year-old pacing geldings (Oct. 1).
New York Yankees and Milwaukee Braves were all tied up tighter than a youngster's pony tail after first four games of World Series. Yankees drove Left-hander Warren Spahn to cover in opener, squeezed out 3-1 victory behind Whitey Ford's expert five-hit pitching. Braves' jittery Lew Burdette took over in second game, got some fielding "help" from New York's Mickey Mantle and Tony Kubek, to win 4-2. Yankee power, only whispering in first two games, began to assert itself as Series moved to Milwaukee, where home-town boy Kubek and Mantle made up for their shoddy fielding with home-run blasts, two by Kubek, one by Mantle, to climb all over Braves 12-3. Don Larsen, coming in to relieve Starter Bob Turley in second inning, picked up where he left off in perfect game last October, retired first seven batters he faced, allowed only five hits in 7‚Öì innings. Fourth game was real thriller, gave Spahn chance to get even when Eddio Mathews slammed two-run homer in 10th to beat Yanks 7-5 after Elston Howard's Merriwell home run with two on, two out in ninth tied score at 4-4, pushed teams into extra inning. Next day Braves won 1-0 to go ahead three games to two.
Oklahoma, sputtering and stumbling for a half, remembered its No. 1 ranking in time to teach facts of football life to game but outmanned Iowa State, winning 40-14 and extending nation's longest major college winning streak to 42, but most eyes were on next Saturday's protagonists, Army and Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan. Army came alive in third period to beat Penn State 27-13; resurging Notre Dame had little trouble moving over Indiana 26-0; Michigan State took to air to defeat California 19-0; Michigan befuddled Georgia and visiting scouts alike, switching back and forth between T-formation and single wing, to win 26-0. Among other winners: Minnesota over Purdue 21-17; Iowa over Washington State 20-13; Oregon State over Northwestern 22-13; Ohio State over Washington 35-7; Pitt over USC 20-14; Rice over Stanford 34-7; Oregon over UCLA 21-0; Duke over Maryland 14-0; Texas A&M over Missouri 28-0. Day's biggest upsets were turned in by North Carolina, 13-7 winner over Navy; South Carolina, which shocked Texas 27-21; Brown, bouncing back from loss to Columbia in time to surprise Yale 21-20; Miami of Florida, which turned back Baylor 13-7 (for regional report, see page 10).
Cleveland and Baltimore were perched proudly atop NFL standings (see page 12) but heartiest pat on back was reserved for San Francisco 49ers and Quarterback Y. A. Tittle, who titillated 59,637 fans at Kezar Stadium with 23-20 upset of Los Angeles Rams. Razor-sharp Tittle tossed three touchdown passes, last one to Rookie R. O. Owens in final quarter for winning points. Cleveland scored its second victory, putting foot (Lou Groza's, that is, for three field goals, two conversions) to Pittsburgh 23-12 to move to top of Eastern Division; Baltimore's surprising Colts, with Quarterback John Unitas passing for two scores, defeated Chicago Bears 21-10 to head up Western Division. In other games: fumbling New York Giants were hard pressed to beat Philadelphia Eagles 24-20 (see below); Washington's rookies, Ed Sutton and Don Bosseler, starred in 37-14 victory over Chicago Cards; Detroit finally won one, beating Green Bay 24-14.
British pros, saved from shutout in Scotch foursomes by determined playing of Captain Dai Rees (see below) and Ken Bousfield, appeared to be in for usual drubbing at sticks of U.S. golfers when first day's play ended at Lindrick course in Worksop, England. Hut Britishers Rees, Bousfield, Peter Mills, Eric Brown, Bernard Hunt and Christy O'Connor struck back with pent-up zeal of 24 years of frustration, shocked Americans Tommy Bolt, Jackie Burke, Ed Furgol, Doug Ford, Lionel Hebert and Dow Finsterwald with six victories in eight singles matches for 7-4 triumph and first Ryder Cup since 1933. Enthused one staid spectator: "It's like another Waterloo."
Clark Espie, 58-year-old Indianapolis advertising executive who lost 1956 final to 59-year-old Fred Wright of Watertown, Mass., was in danger of repeating until his putter turned red-hot on back nine, helped him defeat Wright 2 and 1 for USGA senior championship at Paramus, N.J.
Yama Bahama, unranked West Indian middleweight, chased weaving, backtracking Del Flanagan until he caught him, piled up enough points with jolting left to win dull 10-rounder at Chicago (see below).
NBA played give-and-take with new Middleweight Champion Carmen Basilio, naming him Boxer of Month for his "courageous and victorious performance" against Sugar Ray Robinson and stripping him of his welterweight crown. NBA also tapped Tony De Marco, Isaac Logart, Vince Martinez and Gil Turner as leading contenders, proposed elimination tournament to fill vacant title. Sharkey AA, Boston outlet of IBC chimed in with its own settlement, announced De Marco and fifth-ranked Virgil Akins would meet at Boston Garden Oct. 25 for "world welterweight title."
Matchmaker George Parnassus took step to settle disputed world bantamweight title, signed NBA Champion Raul (Raton Macias of Mexico and World Boxing Committee Champion Alphonse Halima of France for TV 15-rounder at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field Nov. 6
Detroit's Gordie Howe and New York's Dean Prentice whisked third-period shots past Montreal Goalie Jacques Plante to break 3-3 deadlock and give talented NHL All-Stars 5-3 victory over Canadiens in preseason exhibition before 13,002 at Montreal.
Frenchman Raoul Meyer's Oroso, off and running hard, held pace when favored Tanerko faded, out-dueled Denisy, another outsider, to finish first by half length in Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe which attracted more than 100,000 elegantly togged-out spectators to Paris' Longchamp track. Four-year-old Oroso earned $114,000 for owner, 53 to 1 payoff for lucky bettors, satisfaction for Jockey Serge Boullenger, France's top rider in 1956 who was on 24-hour pass from army base. C. V. Whitney's Career Boy, solidly boxed at start, never was in contention, finished far back in ruck. Jockey Sam Boulmetis had no excuses: "I had no place to go at first. Later on I had plenty of room. But Career Boy didn't, run fast enough."
Reneged, big bay 4-year-old, proved to be best of second-flight horses at Belmont, brushing off challenging Cavort in stretch to win $55,400 Manhattan Handicap by two going-away lengths. Race was last for Jock Whitney's Riley, who bobbled twice under Jockey Ted Atkinson, broke right hind leg and was destroyed on spot.
Billing Bear, Mrs. Cordelia May's sturdy 8-year-old gelding leaper, surged into lead at two-mile mark, pulled away resolutely to open up six-length spread over Evian, became first to win Rolling Rock Hunt Club's $5,000 International Gold Cup steeplechase twice at Ligonier, Pa., also qualified for England's Grand National.
Oh. Shady Hill's Cavalier, 20-month-old black cocker spaniel who had never before reached final, strutted sprightly and confidently to take best-in-show at Devon (Pa.) Dog Show Association event, bringing joy to Co-owners Alan H. Sidnam and R. Kenneth Cobb, praise from Judge George H. Hartman: "A sound dog and a gay shower."
Sven Davidson, angular Swedish Davis Cupper, was hard-pressed by Vic Seixas in early going but turned loose his big game in third set to dispose of veteran Philadelphian 7-5, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 in Pacific Coast final at Berkeley. Wimbledon and U.S. Champion Althea Gibson, looking better than ever, overpowered Louise Brough 6-4, 6-3 to take women's singles title.
RETIRED—Edward Lee Ballanfant. 57, leathery-faced Texan, senior National League umpire who worked in four World Series, as many All-Star Games: after 22 years, in New York. Explained Ballanfant: "The old legs just can't take it any longer. Those double-headers just seem to get longer and longer."