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May 07, 1956
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May 07, 1956


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Walt Mangham, lanky 18-year-old New Castle (Pa.) H.S. youngster, barely missed clearing bar at seven feet, had to be content with leap of 6 feet 9� inches, good enough to break U.S. interscholastic high jump record at Pittsburgh (April 28).

Mikhail Krivonosov, husky Russian with one eye firmly focused on Olympics, whirled off toss of 216 feet� inch, bettered own world mark for hammer throw by more than four feet at Nalchik (April 25).


Milwaukee, idled by bad weather, moved into National League lead without swinging bat when Pittsburgh shocked Brooklyn 10-1, 11-3. St. Louis beat Cincinnati 5-3, Chicago 6-0 to take third while Redlegs swept four from Cubs, deserted cellar for fourth place when Wally Post hit four homers in Sunday double-header. New York's Ramon Monzant raised Giant hopes with one-hit 8-1 win over Philadelphia.

Chicago outslugged Kansas City 9-7 in its only game, and it was enough to assume American League lead when New York could only win three out of five. Cleveland and Washington picked up pace, each winning four times.

Eugenio Castellotti, daring Italian driver, skillfully maneuvered his powerful Ferrari at average speed of 85.40 mph over twisting, rain-slick roads to win disaster-filled Mille Miglia (see page 42).


Rocky Marciano, 32-year-old undefeated world heavyweight champion whose flailing fists beat down 49 professional opponents (43 by knockouts) in nine years, finally made momentous decision, announced his retirement from ring (see page 24), brought immediate title claims from managers of Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore (his last victim) and up-and-coming Floyd Patterson, promise of elimination series from IBC President James D. Norris. Rocky's reason: "I would be taking advantage of my family if I tried to fight any more."

British boxing suffered darkest hour as three of its best came to grief on same card. Kid Gavilan, his mambo step reduced to waltz these days, picked up beat in return match with young Peter Waterman (who won disputed decision Feb. 7), punched out 10-round decision. Other casualties: tubby British Heavyweight Champion Don Cockell, knocked out in second round by 22-year-old Tonga Islander Kitione Lave; Jack Gardner, Cockell's No. 1 challenger, battered into second-round TKO by 24-year-old Jamaican Joe Bygraves.

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