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June 17, 1957
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June 17, 1957


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Bob Backus whale-size former Tufts muscleman, put all his 245 pounds into rhythmical motion, hauled and whirled ball and triangle 45 feet 2 inches to break own world record for 56-pound-weight throw by one foot in NYAC games at Travers Island (June 8).

Elias Gilbert, Winston-Salem Teachers timber topper, scissored over obstacles on even terms with Lee Calhoun (who earlier beat him in 120-yard high hurdles), pulled away in stretch to win in 22.8, bettering U.S. mark for 220-yard low hurdles around curve in NAIA championships at San Diego (June 8).


National League race developed into five-team affair as Cincinnati began to falter ever so little, Brooklyn and St. Louis perked up, Philadelphia and Milwaukee held their own. Redlegs dropped two out of three to surprising Phillies, dipped out and back into lead after four-game split with Dodgers. Cards were biggest surprise, winning six straight from Pirates and Giants to move within game of first division. At week's end, Cincinnati led Dodgers and Phillies by 1� games, Milwaukee by 2�, St. Louis by 3�.

Chicago, perched neatly at top of American League standings, got sudden comeuppance from sixth-place Baltimore Orioles, who beat White Sox three out of four. Aroused New York Yankees swept three in row from Cleveland, managed to salvage one of three in Detroit after lapsing into old habits but, thanks to Orioles, trailed leaders by only 4� games as Tigers stepped up to challenge Indians for third place.

Gene Fullmer, ex-middleweight boss who hasn't had time to forget slashing left hook he took from Sugar Ray Robinson, decided caution was better part of valor, back-pedaled his way to 10-round decision over frustrated Ralph (Tiger) Jones at Chicago.

Rodger Ward, heavy-footed Los Angeles driver, fell short of Pat Flaherty's record, but his 97.74-mph average and 1:01:21.39 clocking was good enough to win Rex Mays 100-mile big car race at Milwaukee.


Villanova's Ron Delany, running in usual just-fast-enough-to-win style, warmed up for NCAA meet by chicken-stepping mile in 4:05.4, came back 45 minutes later to outkick World Record Holder Tom Courtney in 1:48.4 half mile at Houston for fastest double ever.

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