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August 13, 1956
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August 13, 1956


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Private Willie Williams, former NCAA sprint champion, barreled up rain-drenched crushed-brick track in West Berlin's massive Olympic stadium where Jesse Owens amazed world in 1936, broke Owens' 20-year-old world 100-meter-dash record for second time in 72 hours with a 10.1 clocking. Williams had previously bettered longstanding mark of 10.2 in preliminary heat of international military meet. PFC Ira Murchison, who, unlike Williams, had qualified for U.S. Olympic team, equaled record in semis, finished second in final.

William Herz, 46, and Herman P. Mueller, 44, German motorcyclists (see page 19) pushed their machines across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in week-long assault on world records. Herz roared his NSU 500-cc bike through 200-mph barrier over measured mile for average speed of 210.6 mph to break old mark by 25 mph (Aug. 3). Other marks: By Herz—1 km, 210 mph; 5 miles, 203 mph; 5 kms, 209 mph. By Mueller—1 km and 1 mile, 138 mph; 5 kms, 137 mph; 5 miles, 137 mph, all for 100-cc motor; 1 mile and 1 km, 150 mph, riding 125-cc bike.

John J. Homan, 28, piloted his CU runabout over five-mile course on Choptank River during Cambridge (Md.) regatta to set world record of 43.4999 mph (Aug. 4).


Brooklyn closed to within two games of league-leading Milwaukee in steaming National League pennant race (see page 6), taking three of four in tense series with Braves, three of four from St. Louis as Maglie and Newcombe tossed shutouts, and Duke Snider continued long-range hitting with five homers. Milwaukee recovered from Dodger debacle to win three of four from slumping Pirates but Cincinnati slipped to third behind Dodgers, dropping a pair to both Giants and Phillies. Latter continued slow, steady march through second division as Roberts shed his slump, pitched three straight victories.

New York, after opening in Cleveland with awesome 13-6 victory, fell into worst slump of season, dropping next three to Indians, three more to aroused Tigers despite five Mantle homers. Indians, however, failed to make up ground, losing three straight to Red Sox, remained seven games behind. Boston with heavy hitting from Williams and Jensen staged five-game winning streak to climb within game-and-a-half of Cleveland. Washington had best week of year, taking five of six, pulled away from cellar-anchored Kansas City.


Harold Carter, young New Jersey heavyweight, waded into Bob Satterfield, fragile apple of IBC Secretary Truman K. Gibson's eye, put him down twice in fifth round at Syracuse, had him dropping for third time when referee stopped fight. Satterfield's afterthought: "Maybe I fought him wrong."

Joey Giambra, left-hooking Buffalo middleweight, pursued a clinching, scampering Rocky Castellani for 10 rounds, overtook him often enough to gain unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. No sooner had Joey won than Promoter Doc Kearns proposed Robinson-Giambra title match at Toronto, his newly brought-in money well.

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