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November 25, 1957


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Bob Welborn. slender, crew-cut ex-jalopy racer from Greensboro, N.C., once again proved to be best driver on NASCAR convertible circuit, piling up 9,364 points for title. Other NASCAR champions: Ned Jarrett, husky 25-year-old Newton, N.C. lumber and grain broker, sportsman division; Ken Marriott, lanky 37-year-old Baltimore truck driver, modified division.

Carroll Shelby, heavy-footed Texan, was hooked up in fight of his life until he skidded his 4.5 Maserati ahead of young homebred Dan Gurney, in 4.9 Ferrari, on 17th lap. maintained pressure and 87.8-mph average to win 25-lap feature in year's final sports car race at Riverside, Calif. (see page 68).

New York Rangers, with rookie Goalie Marcel Paille kicking out shots like his major league life depended upon it, achieved near double miracle, beating Montreal twice 4-2, 4-2, to move into NHL lead by single pointover Canadiens, whosorely missed Maurice (Rocket) Richard, sidelined for at least five weeks by cut Achilles tendon suffered in 4-2 victory over Toronto. Boston Bruins outskated Chicago 5-2, Toronto 4-2, played 2-2 tie with Maple Leafs to share third place with Black Hawks.

Boston continued to set merry pace in NBA Eastern Division, running unbeaten string to 11 by beating Minneapolis 107-104 and Philadelphia 111-89 as Big Bill Russell outdefensed Warriors, grabbing 49 rebounds for NBA record and holding Neil Johnston scoreless from field. Syracuse was only other Eastern team to win as New York and Philadelphia went into losing tailspin. In West Detroit got off on winning kick, held slender edge over St. Louis.

Australian Davis Cup selectors, embarrassed by their talent-rich position, picked Ashley Cooper, Neale Fraser, Mal Anderson, Mervyn Rose and Roy Emerson for squad to defend in Challenge Round, still had one more spot to fill. Meanwhile, Cooper, regarded as sure pop for No. 1 singles berth, hardly raised sweat as he hustled through New South Wales tournament at Sydney, easily beating Fraser 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in final, as U.S. team, which still has to get past Philippines and Belgium, watched from sidelines.

U.S. jumpers, guiding their mounts smartly and efficiently over obstacles, won six events to five for runner-up British, pranced off with 120 points and team trophy in National Horse Show at New York's Madison Square Garden (see page 62) before moving on to try their luck in Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Toronto. Top individual: America's graceful Hugh Wiley aboard his palomino Nautical, who edged Britain's leathery-faced Ted Williams, 59 points to 57. At Toronto, Charles Dennehy and Pillbox got U.S. off and running with faultless performance in opening event, but dashing Irish riders won jumpoff with English and Mexicans to take second-night honors.

Bill Maybury's sleek-stepping Galophone, second-ranked only to now-retired Scott Frost, had busy (and profitable) week at Hollywood Park, opening with 1�-length victory and closing with head triumph over Demon Rum in second and third legs of $75,000 American Trotting Classic. But biggest news was provided by Widower Creed, 4-year-old black beauty, who sneaked past favored Dottie's Pick going into Stretch, held on grimly to win second leg of $75,000 American Pacing Classic and pay off to tune of 93-1, highest in Western Harness Racing Assn. history.


HONORED—Howard P. (Cub) Buck, one time monstrous U. of Wisconsin tackle (1913-15) who threw his 280 pounds (and his opponents) around with bearlike abandon, later one-man gang for Green Bay Packers (1922-25); by induction into Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, at Milwaukee. Now relatively slimmed-down (to 219 pounds) Rock Island, Ill. auto dealer. Buck was genuinely pleased over his selection but modestly speculated: "I am sure somebody made a mistake. I don't think I deserve it."

ELECTED—Tony Canadeo. line-crunching Green Bay Packers' fullback (1941-52); Lou Groza, hulking Cleveland Browns' kicking specialist (1946-57); Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch. agile, pass-snaring halfback-end for Chicago Rockets (1946-48), Los Angeles Rams (1949-57); Doak Walker, sticky-fingered pass receiver and accurate placement kicker for Detroit Lions (1950-55); Ed Sprinkle, handy all-round tackle-guard-end for Chicago Bears (1944-55); to Helms Hall Major League Football Hall of Fame, at Los Angeles.

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