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August 20, 1956


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Russian weight lifters proved standouts of Moscow's massive Spartakiada with four world-record hoists: Featherweight Evgeni Minayev, 251.32 pounds, two-hands press; Lightweight R. Vihabutdimor, 271.17 pounds, two-hands press; Middleweight Fedor Bogdnovski, 295.42 pounds, two-hands press; Light Heavyweight Alexander Vorobyev, 315.25 pounds, two-hands snatch (Aug. 8-10).

Georgi Klimov, 23-year-old Russian soldier, claimed new world mark for 50 kilometer walk, stepping off distance in 4:5:12.2 at Moscow (Aug. 10).

Belgian track team of Emile Leva, Alfred Langenus, Rene Bailleux and 800-meter World Record Holder Roger Moens bettered world standard for uncommon 3,200-meter relay by full 10 seconds with 7:15.8 clocking at Brussels (Aug. 8).

U.S. Swimmers set six American long-course marks at Detroit's Olympic trials: Shelley Mann, Walter Reed SC, Washington, D.C.-1:04.6, 100-meter freestyle; Mary Jane Sears, Walter Reed SC—2:58.2, 200-meter breaststroke; Sylvia Ruuska, Berkeley, Calif. YMCA-5:10, 400-meter freestyle; Bill Yorzyk, Northampton, Mass.—2:19, 200-meter butterfly; Dick Fadgen, N.C. State—2:44, 200-meter breaststroke; Carin Cone, Ridgewood, N.J.—1:14.4, 100-meter-backstroke (see page 79).


Ted Williams, Fenway Park's auxiliary sprinkler system, was fined $5,000 by Red Sox General Manager Joe Cronin for spitting in direction of both fans and newspapermen during game with New York. Incident, latest of Ted's aqueous antics (see page 22), prompted bill by sympathetic Massachusetts legislator prohibiting profane statements directed at ballplayers.

Yankees, paced by Mantle's big bat (4 homers, 11 RBIs), regained winning ways, taking six of eight games to increase lead over Cleveland to 8�. Indians, after relinquishing second place to Boston for two days, swept three-game series from Kansas City, retained game-and-a-half advantage over Red Sox.

Milwaukee's National League lead was shaved to one-and-a-half games over runner-up Brooklyn, but, more importantly, Braves dropped two games in lost-column to Dodgers. Cincinnati, with a 4 and 3 record, held on to third place. Two streaks were snapped during week: Aaron's consecutive-game-hitting skein ended at 25; Newcombe's scoreless-innings string at 39 2/3, 6 2/3 innings less than Hubbell's league mark. Stan Musial tied Mel Ott's league record for lifetime total extra-base hits, blasting double against Cubs to bring total to 1,071.


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