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July 09, 1956
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July 09, 1956


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U.S. track stars, flexing assorted muscles for Melbourne, produced three world records, two American marks in exciting Olympic trials at Los Angeles (June 29, 30). The world records: Charlie Dumas, 19-year-old Compton ( Calif.) Junior College freshman, became first to crack 7-foot-high jump barrier, clearing 7 feet�, inch; Ohio State's formful Glenn Davis stopped clock at 49.5 in 400-meter hurdles; Army's Lou Jones stepped off 400 meters in 45.2. The U.S. records: Army's Tom Courtney outran Pitt's Arnie Sowell in 1:46.4 for 800 meters; Oregon's Bill Dellinger doggedly covered 5,000 meters in 14:26.

Janusz Sidlo, 23-year-old Polish javelin thrower, heaved spear 274 feet 5 inches at Milan, became second in six days to break world mark (June 30).

Russian weightlifters got into record-breaking act, bettering pair of world standards. Lightweight Nikolaj Kostilev snatched 275� pounds in European championships at Helsinki (June 28); Middleweight Fedor Bogdanovsky lifted 293 pounds in two-hand clean and press at Leningrad (June 28).

Lucky Mel, sprightly 2-year-old sprinter, made his sixth straight, victory one to remember, romping five furlongs in 56 3/5 for new world record, third of current meeting at Hollywood Park (June 28).

Amortizer, sturdy 5-year-old pacer, side-wheeled mile-and-sixteenth in 2:06 2/5 for world mark for half-mile track at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y. (June 29) just two nights after Torpid stepped off mile in 2:02 3/5, best ever for 2-year-old pacers, on same track (June 27).


Mickey Mantle's week: nine hits, nine walks, two strikeouts, five runs scored, two home runs (putting him four ahead of Babe Ruth's record year after 71 games) in 22 times at bat. Mickey leads American League in following departments: BA—.379; H—100; R-67; RBI-71; HR-29.

Milwaukee's magic carpet came down to earth when Robin Roberts and Philadelphia ended winning streak at 11 and Braves dropped next two to Phillies and Chicago, but National League leaders held on grimly by five percentage points as challenging Cincinnati made good use of home run power to sweep three from slumping Pittsburgh (who lost five out of six), take two out of three from fourth-place St. Louis. Brooklyn, feasting on tail enders Chicago and Philadelphia, was one game off pace after winning six out of eight.

New York, seeking tonic after severe case of Chicagoitis, found it in Kansas City where they won three in row and at Yankee Stadium where they beat Washington three times. Chicago ran streak to nine before losing to Boston, faltered in Cleveland as Indians won Sunday doubleheader, dropping White Sox four games behind Yankees. Detroit, going from bad to worse, got angry blast from Owner Spike Briggs, resignation from piqued Coach Joe Gordon.

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