Our Joy, Cary C. Boshamer's spirited 2-year-old colt, stepping out of allowance class for first time, moved boldly at last turn, was off and running to whip highly touted California Kid by solid two lengths in $31,600 World's Playground Stakes at Atlantic City.
Jockey Pete Anderson booted home Ghan Fleet and Pester at Belmont, gave 84 happy bettors, including superdelirious four who held $10 tickets, whopping $2,121 daily double, biggest payoff in six years.
Syracuse set tone for opening weekend upsets, shocking Maryland 26-12 but shared honors with SMU, which burst Notre Dame bubble 19-13, and South Carolina, 7-0 victor over Duke for first time in 25 years. In other games: Pitt, tabbed No. 1 in East by some, eased past fumbling West Virginia 14-13; Georgia Tech beat Kentucky 14-6; North Carolina State spoiled Jim Tatum's North Carolina debut 26-6; Oregon State defeated Missouri 19-13 after longtime (19 years) Missouri Coach Don Faurot, inventor of split-T, revealed he would retire to athletic director's chair at end of season; UCLA outscored Utah 13-7; Baylor barely beat California 7-6; USC trounced Texas 44-20 (for other football news, see page 52).
Lou Little, gravel-voiced perfectionist who will turn 65 next December, reluctantly announced his mandatory retirement (because of age) at end of 1956 season after 27 years as head coach at Columbia.
Gene Fullmer, mauling No. 1 middleweight challenger, marking time while waiting for Sugar Ray Robinson to come to terms with Jim Norris for title bout, gave home town fans glimpse of his freewheeling power, dumping faded Moses Ward to canvas four times before putting him there to stay in third round at West Jordan, Utah.
Kenny Lane, sixth-ranked lightweight managed by manipulating Jack Kearns, switch-hit Ludwig Lightburn into confusion, punched out 10-round decision before sparse gathering of 1,125 who turned out for opening of Major W. H. Peeples' Norris-sponsored Biscayne Arena at Miami.
New York's Julius Helfand, back at old hoodlum-fighting stand after momentary deviation, indefinitely suspended ex-Lightweight Champion Paddy De Marco, who used his head to make butting an art, for conduct detrimental to boxing. Helfand's charge: De Marco had permitted ex-convict James Napoli, alias Jimmy Knapp, a lifelong friend, to act as his undercover manager in Los Angeles last February.
Alfred Klein, hard-hitting commissioner who has done good job of ferreting out racketeers in Pennsylvania, will get opportunity to try it on national scale. Klein has been named head of nine-man NBA investigating committee "charged with the responsibility of policing boxing."