TRACK & FIELD
Herb Elliott, skinny-legged, 19-year-old Australian Wunderkind, bucked headwind in stretch to beat Merv Lincoln to tape over Melbourne's rain-softened Olympic Park track, won mile run in 3:58.7 for second sub-four-minute performance in week (see page 16). Lincoln finished two yards back in eminently respectable 3:59. Said World Record Holder John Landy: "A wonderful run."
Ron Delany, delicate-stepping, self-styled lazy Irishman, dawdled just off pace until final furlong, when he hustled by Jim Beatty to win Hunter Mile at Boston Garden by 20 yards in 4:05.3. Other Boston AA winners: Dave Scurlock, North Carolina, 1,000-yard run in 2:11.1; Charlie Jenkins, Villanova, 600-yard run in 1:10.9; Charlie (Deacon) Jones, Iowa, two-mile run in 9:01.1; Charlie Pratt, Philadelphia Pioneer Club, 45-yard high hurdles in 5.6.
New York City, with grand (or grandstand) gesture, welcomed National League team to its considerable bosom. Said Mayor Robert Wagner: "The commitment is here as far as the city is concerned. Now it's up to the National League." But National League did not R.S.V.P. just for moment.
Ford Frick, allowing that fan poll "has been a joke in recent years," announced new procedure for selecting annual All-Star teams. Frick's plan—advocated by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (July 9, 1956)—provides that each player vote for all-opponent team in his own league: man can't vote for himself, alas, or for teammate.
Yvon Durelle, a crude but violent light heavyweight from Baie St. Anne, New Brunswick, was declared TKO winner over Clarence Hinnant (subbing for grippe-stricken Tony Anthony) in seventh round at New York, when Referee Harry Kessler hastily intervened to save distressed Clarence from further pummeling. Complained Durelle: "In Canada they wouldn't have stopped it. They likes murder."
Archie Moore, that gaudy old traveling man and light-heavyweight champion of the world, knocked out Portuguese Title-holder Julio Neves with sneak hook in third round of nontitle bout at Rio de Janeiro.