Swaps and Nashua made it dramatically clear that their two-horse match race (planned for Chicago next August and reported last week in SI) would be one of the most exciting in turf history—Nashua by a nine-length victory in the $119,800 Belmont Stakes, Swaps by breaking the world record for a mile and 1/16th and beating last year's Kentucky Derby winner, Determine, in the $109,800 Californian at Hollywood Park. But the horses had hardly cooled out when plans for their mid-summer duel bogged down in a tug of war between competing promoters (see page 40) With interest at a fever peak, however, racing fans were looking forward to a dream race.
Hatchet-faced Carmen Basilio of Canastota, N.Y. won the world welterweight championship from Boston's tough Tony DeMarco at Syracuse, in one of the most savage battles of boxing's television era.
Screeching time after time past the scene of automobile racing's most appalling tragedy, Britain's Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb drove a Jaguar to victory in the 24-hour sports car race at Le Mans, France.
Brooklyn's Right Hander Don Newcombe, who ran up a 10-game winning streak despite being suspended and fined by Manager Walter Alston (for refusing to pitch batting practice last May) was finally knocked out of the box by the Chicago Cubs and charged with his first loss.
Brigades of oarsmen from the West Coast, Middlewest and the eastern seaboard headed for Lake Onondaga at Syracuse, N.Y., and the most wide open IRA championship regatta in years—though unbeaten Penn is slightly favored on the basis of performance, Cornell, Washington, Wisconsin and Navy are all rated as possible winners.