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June 10, 1957
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June 10, 1957


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Californians had good reason for superman gleams in their eyes after big track weekend counted off four U.S. records. Greatest achievement was turned in by U. of California's lanky Don Bowden, who hustled from exam room at Berkeley to starting line at Stockton and didn't stop until he completed eyebrow-lifting 3:58.7 mile (June 1) to become first American to break 4 minutes (see page 28). At Compton, USC's squatty Max Truex showed plenty of speed to go along with his durability while clocking 13:35.7 for 3 miles, 14:04.2 for 5,000 meters (May 31) to better own pending marks. At Berkeley, schoolboy shotputters hopped and heaved to pair of scholastic standards. Pasadena's lean Clark Branson sent 12-pound shot hurtling 64 feet� inches, and Mount Carmel's husky Mike McKeever muscled 16-pound ball 53 feet 4� inches (June 1).

Hungary's Gyorgy Tumpek churned up record-breaking swell in Budapest pool, came away with world mark of 1:03.4 for 100-meter butterfly (May 27).

Russian weight lifters continued assault on world standards, latest one falling to Olympic Middle Heavyweight Champion Arkadi Vorobiev, who jerked 315.26 pounds at Lvov to surpass own record (May 27).

Australia's Merv Lincoln, whirling assuredly around Ramsaur Stadium oval, outkicked Bobby Seaman, Laszlo Tabori and Tom Courtney, taking first crack at mile, in 4:05 at Compton, Calif. Meet's best time: Milt Campbell's listed world-record-tying 13.4 in 120-yard high hurdles; biggest shocker: Bobby Morrow's eyelash defeat, by Willie White of Harbor Junior College in 100 in 9.4 (see below).

Sam Snead, playing like a man possessed when leader Doug Ford's brilliant game suddenly collapsed on final holes of fifth round, shot pressure 67 to boost total to plus 41 points (players gain or lose one point for each stroke in matching medal score against others in foursome) for victory in adding-machine Palm Beach Round Robin at New Rochelle. Lady golfers had similar tournament at Virginia Beach, Fay Crocker winning Triangle Round Robin with 51 points.


Philadelphia, off on winning binge at expense of West Coast-dreaming New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers (who slipped all the way to fourth, behind Milwaukee) gave National League standings topsyturvy look, trailed slugging Cincinnati by mere two games at end of long Decoration Day weekend. Chicago White Sox kept go-going to take five-game edge over New York Yankees, who had no end of troubles with tailenders Washington and Baltimore, giving American League surprising look, too (see page 16).

Yankee front office pondered famous Copacabana birthday party fracas of fortnight ago (SI, May 27) in light of team's doldrums since then (won 9, lost 10), slapped fines of $1,000 each on Outfielders Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle, Pitchers Whitey Ford, Johnny Kucks, Catcher Yogi Berra, Infielder Billy Martin, birthday boy. Surprised Manager Casey Stengel blurted: "I don't care to comment. The club fined them...What I thought wouldn't make any difference."


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