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June 18, 1956
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June 18, 1956


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Eddie Southern, swift Texas freshman, in second try at distance, cut his stride between hurdles to 13, stopped clocks at 0:51.5 to better U.S. record for 440-yard hurdles at Houston (June 9). Other track record breakers: Ohio State's speedy Glenn Davis outhustled Notre Dame's Aubrey Lewis in leg-to-leg duel, set college mark of 0:50.8 for 400-meter hurdles at Milwaukee (June 9); Joe Tyler of San Diego NTC raced 10,000 meters in 30:31.9 to lower U.S. citizens' standard at Los Angeles (June 7); Gordon McKenzie of New York Pioneer Club ran six miles in 29:28.1 for U.S. record in New York (June 9).

Faber Hanover, with veteran Billy Haughton handling reins, trotted mile and sixteenth in 2:10, cracked world record by one-fifth of second at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y. (June 9).


Cincinnati and St. Louis nudged Pittsburgh from top in ever-tightening National League race, but pace-setting trio were only nine percentage points apart. Redlegs fattened up on fast-falling Philadelphia to move into lead, stayed there despite losing two out of three to Brooklyn. Cards swept three from New York, split four with Pirates, who also lost two to Chicago. Dodgers grabbed five out of seven from Milwaukee and Cincinnati, began to gain on leaders. Chicago deserted cellar, gave over spot to Phillies.

New York lost pair to Cleveland but came back to thrash Indians 6-0, led challengers by 3� games in American League. Chicago faltered briefly in Washington but won two out of three from Boston to remain close behind Cleveland. Detroit, after winning seven straight, could get no better than split with Washington, gave up fourth place to Red Sox (for more facts and figures, see page 44)


Floyd Patterson pounded away at indefatigable and flailing Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson for 12 rounds before oldtime crowd of 11,255 (despite TV) in New York's Madison Square Garden to take decision in heavyweight elimination (see page 41).

Aging Archie Moore, crafty as ever if not quite so agile, patiently fiddled around with eager Yolande Pompey for nine rounds, finally got urge to topple West Indian in 10th, delivered sharp combinations to win by TKO in light heavyweight title defense at London (see page 41).

Bobo Olson, ex-middleweight champion knocked out three times running by Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson, scoffed at reports he plans to retire, quipped: "Since I've already been knocked out by the best, I think I'll stick around and give the worst of them a chance."

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