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June 25, 1956


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Parry O'Brien, massive-muscled Air Force shotputter, continued his advance on self-set goal of 62 feet, heaved iron ball handsome 61 feet 4 inches to better own world record in Interservice championships at Los Angeles (June 15).

Pitt's smooth-striding Arnie Sowell took off like scared rabbit, didn't stop until he had covered 800 meters in 1:46.7, fastest ever by American, in NCAA championships at Berkeley, Calif. (June 16).


New York found soft spot in Cleveland, swept three straight from Indians (who dropped to fourth) to lead White Sox by 5� games at week's end. Next day, Mickey Mantle beat Detroit with three-run homer, became second player to ever hit fair ball out of Briggs Stadium. Boston also won three from Cleveland, two out of three from Tigers to take third place.

National League race continued as hot as ever with five teams battling for lead. Pittsburgh, getting used to rarefied atmosphere of first place, managed to hang on despite double-header loss to St. Louis, still held�-game edge over Cincinnati, who could get no better than even split in series with New York. Duke Snider found home run range to help Brooklyn stretch winning streak to six before Milwaukee pulled itself together for new Manager Fred Haney to win Sunday double-header, hold Dodgers one game off pace. Cards, beefed up by trade with Giants (see page 43), used victories over Pirates to remain close behind Brooklyn in fourth (for more facts and figures, see page 44).


Cornell, stroking smartly and shrewdly, remained close to pack until final quarter mile, then surged ahead to rhythmical 34 beat provided by Stroke Philip Gravink, easily outclassed fast-finishing Navy by 2� lengths in IRA regatta on Lake Onondaga at Syracuse, N.Y. (see below). Big Red finished second to Washington in jayvee race, fourth behind startling Syracuse in freshman event to score 16 points, carried off Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy for third straight year.

Yale varsity, beaten only by Cornell, opened water at one-mile mark, resolutely met every Harvard challenge to win by five lengths in fast 19:26 for four miles on calm Thames at New London as Elis swept river in 91st renewal of nation's oldest regatta.


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