RECORD BREAKERS—SWIM RECORDS, fragile as bubbles, popped in Dallas as slippery young ladies, led by Chris von Saltza (see FACES), splashed about in AAU championships. Other new American and AAU records: New Jersey's Carin Cone, 200-yard backstroke in 2:19.8 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.6; Seattle's Suzie Ordogh, 250-yard breaststroke in 3:20; California's Sylvia Ruuska, 400-yard individual medley in 5:03.5, and Seattle's Nancy Ramey, 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.2.
BASKETBALL—ST. LOUIS HAWKS, with sure-shot Bob Pettit racking up 83 points, swept fifth and sixth games of NBA playoffs from Boston Celtics to win championship 4-2. At Boston in fifth game, Hawks, finding rebounding a breeze with Celtics' lanky Bill Russell on bench with bum ankle, broke into early lead, held on through last-period Celtic uprising, won 102-100. Three nights later in St. Louis, Boston, even with Russell, ankle in cast, back in lineup, found Pet-tit unstoppable, watched grimly as Hawk star pumped in record 50 points, including last-16-second shot that won game 110-109.
AUTO RACING—LUIGI MUSSO, Italy's greatest racing driver, roared his red Ferrari over 206-mile course in 2:2:44.5, was never behind, finished full lap ahead of Sweden's Joachim Bonnier to win Syracuse Grand Prix, Syracuse, Sicily.
HORSE RACING—SILKY SULLIVAN, famed for nonchalant starts and heart-snatching finishes, cruised along 30 lengths back at halfway mark, started stretch run but found top weight (122 pounds) and early leaders too much to overcome, finished third, 5� lengths behind Gone Fishin' in $10,000 Greater Northern California Mile at Golden Gate Fields. After loss, Silky flew to Kentucky (see below), still likely to be popular favorite to win Derby.
Two other hopefuls apparently earned trips to May 3rd Kentucky Derby by winning races. Overshoe manufacturer George Lewis Martin's Rullah overcame case of sore shins, won $27,250 mile-and-sixteenth Experimental Handicap at Jamaica by length and three-quarters under gentle urging of Jockey Conn McCreary. Said McCreary: "He certainly deserves a chance at all the big ones coming up." At Laurel, Pemberton, lightly regarded bay colt, ran from ninth position at quarter to win in nodding finish over Battle Neck in six-furlong, $11,540 Chesapeake Trial. On dismounting, Jockey Clarence Meaux stood in mud, said: "He is a true little horse."
In secondary feature at Jamaica, George D. Widener's Pundit led most of way, staved off late rush of Templeton Stable's Clandestine to win mile-and-sixteenth tune-up for this week's Wood Memorial.
GYMNASTICS—ILLINOIS, led by nimble junior Abe Grossfeld (see FACES), who won all-round, free exercise and horizontal bar events, came from behind to score unprecedented tie with Michigan State for NCAA gymnastics championship at 79 points apiece at East Lansing, Mich. Enthused Illinois Coach Charlie Pond: "Grossfeld is the hardest-working gymnast I've ever seen. I like the idea of having him around for another year and then steering him to the Olympics."
BOXING—ZORA FOLLEY and EDDIE MACHEN, hopeful but hapless candidates for title bout with Heavyweight Champ Floyd Patterson, pawed and clinched, clinched and pawed at each other for 12 dreary rounds (see page 30) while spectators stopped booing only long enough to yawn, wound up as they had started, all even, in San Francisco.
Johnny Busso, heavy-hitting lightweight from New York, sent Larry Board-man crashing to canvas with powerful right to jaw at opening bell, dropped him six more times before Referee Tommy Rawson called fight at 2:59 of ninth round before sparse crowd of 620 in Boston.
CURLING—DETROIT CURLING CLUB, with anchor man Michael Slyziuk making clutch shot on final stone to edge Seattle 8-7, won second annual U.S. National Curling championship with eight victories, one defeat at Milwaukee.