RECORD BREAKERS—EDDIE SOUTHERN', mercurial Texas junior, and GAIL HODGSON, brilliant South African who now runs for Oklahoma, set bristling pace, led teams to records in Kansas Relays at Lawrence. Versatile Southern, who flew up from Dallas after beating Bobby Morrow in 220 in 20.6, spread his wings in 440, tore off 44.6 anchor leg to haul teammates Wally Wilson, Drew Dunlap and Jimmy Holt to new college mile relay record of 3:09.1, bettering 17-year-old mark held by California (April 19). Day earlier. Hodgson backed up fellow Sooners Gary Parr, John Pellow and Dee Givins with sizzling 1:48 half mile as quartet was clocked in 3:19.5 for U.S. and college sprint medley record in race which saw runners-up Houston. Oklahoma State, Nebraska also better existing standard.
Max Truex, stumpy USC two-miler, built up pressure with 1:07 first lap, picked up speed and lead as he went along to set college record of 8:54.8 as team beat California 91�-39� at Berkeley (April 19).
St. Louis' Stan Musial, as reliable as an old shoe, hammered first 1958 home run and single against Chicago Cubs (April 17) to break National League record for total bases, added 3 homers. 1 double, 3 singles, before week's end to boost new mark to 5,063.
BASEBALL—MAJOR LEAGUE baseball came to West Coast amid record crowds, rhubarbs and heat prostrations as San Francisco Giants took two out of three from Dodgers at home, moved down to circusy Los Angeles, where record 78,672 packed sprawling Coliseum (see below) and Walter O'Malley's bulging pockets, to watch home team win 6-5 as homers sailed blithely over left-field screen. Attendance tailed off to 41,303 and 47.234 for next two games, which Giants won 11-4, 12-2 to rise to second place, push Dodgers down to seventh in National League, but rhubarbs began to blossom and 25 parboiled Angelenos passed out in Sunday's 95� temperature. It mattered little to Californians that Chicago, surprisingly enough, took four straight from St. Louis before Cards, with lift from old pro Stan Musial, halted Cubs 9-4, and that Milwaukee could do no better than win three out of five from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
American League took on familiar look as New York Yankees, with airtight pitching from vets Don Larsen, Johnny Kucks, Whitey Ford and Bob Turley, won five out of six from Boston and Baltimore, assumed expected perch at top of standings. Kansas City and Washington, of all teams, were tied for second, while more likely challengers Chicago, Detroit and Boston were having trouble getting untracked.
HORSE RACING—JEWEL'S REWARD, fiery Maine Chance bay colt with eye on Derby roses, responded with alacrity when stung by whip in stretch, pulled away from Noureddin to win $59,500 Wood Memorial at Jamaica (see below) by half length after surviving foul claim by runner-up. Reported Eddie Arcaro, up on Jewel's Reward for first time in ninth Wood victory: "This dude won't run until he gets a horse alongside him. He had plenty left at the finish."
Tim Tam, Calumet's No. 1 Derby boy, togged out in blinkers with Plexiglas half-cups to protect injured eye. stayed well on pace until called upon by Bill Hartack, raced to half-length victory over Nadir in track record 1:22[1/5] for seven furlongs at Keeneland, brought back hopeful memories of stablemate Iron Liege's triumph in same race year ago.
BOXING—JAMES D. NORRIS, millionaire monopulator of boxing's most powerful store, gave in to mounting pressures (ailing heart, antitrust decision, New York boxing investigation), tossed in towel, resigned as president of New York and Illinois IBCs. His designated successor: Truman K. Gibson Jr., Chicago attorney and longtime Norris lieutenant, who indicated IBC will carry on business as usual (see page 31).
Congressman F. Edward H�bert (D.—La.) stood up on floor of House, charged that New Orleans Lightweight Ralph Dupas and his manager, Whitey Esneault, had to submit to "shakedown demands from persons prominently identified with the IBC" in order to get May 7 title bout with Joe Brown, named Angelo Dundee as one who muscled in on Dupas' contract, called for Congressional probe to rid boxing of "monopolistic bloodsuckers." Charges brought ready denial from IBC's Gibson, Dupas, Miami Beach Promoter Chris Dundee (brother of Angelo), who snorted: "Ridiculous. Angelo handles only Dupas' out-of-town fights because Whitey wants him to."
Pascual Perez, doughty little world flyweight champion from Argentina, found himself unceremoniously dumped on his pants in second, climbed off floor to outslug Challenger Ramon Arias in 15-rounder before 14,000 who paid $135,000 at Caracas.