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November 05, 1956


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Eddie Machen, quick-moving Redding, Calif. heavyweight, buzzed around hulking Johnny Holman for six rounds like queen bee contemplating a lump of sugar, struck swiftly and surely with stinging right, sharp combination to win by KO in seventh at Portland, Ore. for his 18th straight. Even Manager Sid Flaherty, who has been moving his tiger cautiously, was forced to admit: "He's about ready now."

Babe McCoy, jowly boxing character who thought his troubles were over when he resigned as matchmaker of Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium, was handed new parcel of woe. California State Athletic Commission moved to revoke his license, filed nine-point accusation, including charges of participating in sham or collusive contests, having financial interest in two boxers and actually managing another, conduct reflecting on boxing through associations with ex-convicts. McCoy will get his day in court when full commission sits in Los Angeles, November 8.


Marty Marion became latest major league managerial casualty, turning in cap and socks to Chicago White Sox because "they were not happy with my work." His successor: Al Lopez, who recently resigned after six years at Cleveland. Week's hottest rumor: Leo Durocher, once rhubarb-inspiring National League manager but now sedate TV executive, may be back in baseball next year. Leo, preparing to meet with Cleveland General Manager Hank Greenberg, baited hook: "They better come up with an awful lot of money. I want to be a stockholder, not just a manager."

Birdie Tebbetts, shrill-voiced Cincinnati skipper who got most out of lackluster pitching staff and long-ball hitters to finish third behind Brooklyn and Milwaukee, was named National League's Manager of Year in AP poll. To surprise of no one, American League choice was Yankees' riddle-talking Casey Stengel, who reacted with typical Stengelese: "Naturally the first thing you'd have to say, that is, you should be thankful for the award of that kind...."

Brooklyn Dodgers having their troubles in Japan (see page 26) where hosts complained they were "too quiet and dignified," got best news since National League season ended: Johnny Podres, brash young left-handed pitching star of 1955 World Series, was given medical discharge from U.S. Navy because of back ailment.

Mrs. Gene Markey's Calumet Farm and Willie Hartack had highly profitable week at Garden State, taking down whopping $222,980.50 in two races. Hartack, up on classy 4-year-old Bardstown, stormed down stretch to win $81,400 Trenton Handicap, worth $54,550 to winner, came back three days later aboard Barbizon to nose Federal Hill in $319,210 Garden State, world's richest horse race (see page 51), adding $168,430.50 to already well-stuffed Calumet coffers and bringing his total purses for year to record-breaking $2,202,688.

Harold Connolly, hefty-swinging Bostonian, whirled hammer 224 feet 8� inches in Olympic warmup meet at Santa Ana (see page 29) but lost new world record when official weigh-in disclosed hammer was 5/8 ounce light. Technicality also cost multi-muscled Parry O'Brien mark in same meet. World's best shotputter zoomed iron ball 62 feet 8� inches, his best ever and 2� inches farther than own pending record, but throw won't count because landing area was nine inches lower than shotput ring.

U.S. weight lifters went through 8 hours of grunting and groaning at San Jose, Calif., came up with seven-man Olympic team headed by Heavyweight Super Strongboy Paul Anderson. Others: Dave Sheppard of York, Pa., middle heavyweight; Tommy Kono of Sacramento and Jim George of Akron, light heavyweights; Pete George of Akron, middleweight; Isaac Berger of Brooklyn, featherweight; Chuck Vinci of York, bantamweight.


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