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April 08, 1957


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Archie Moore, comfortably cushioned by 35 excess pounds and sporting full goatee, breezed into Detroit, agreed to defend his light heavyweight title June 7 against winner of April 5 tussle between Tony Anthony and Chuck Spieser. Admitting to 40 (and more likely 43), still garrulous Archie foresaw no problem in making 175-pound limit ("I'll do it easy with my secret Australian diet"); reluctantly allowed, "I guess I wasn't cut out to be heavyweight champion," but held out tongue-in-cheek hope for another go at crown: "Maybe I'll hit a home run the third time."

Ned Day, 43-year-old former national individual match-game champion with knack for rolling perfect games, had his eye trained on head pin, knocked off two successive 300s at Milwaukee for third time. His perfect-game total: 83.

Pittsburgh and New York Giants, who may not see first division once regular season gets under way, were still living it up in Grapefruit and Cactus circuits. Pirates got route-going five-hitter from Bob Friend to beat St. Louis 5-1, moved to top of National League standings with 13-6 record; Giants pummeled Arizona neighbors often enough to clinch Cactus title. Cleveland topped American League teams with 11-9, as New York Yankees, without ailing Mickey Mantle, stood at 11-11.

Ch. Chik-T'sun of Caversham, perky Pekingese owned by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Venable of Atlanta and handled by Clara Alford, strutted off with best-in-show, his 10th since Jan. 13, at International Kennel Club all-breed competition in Chicago.

Arnold Palmer of Latrobe, Pa., who joined play-for-pay circuit after winning national amateur in 1954, went into final round with two-stroke lead but had to nuzzle home 18-inch putt on last green to hold off Dow Finsterwald 282-283 in Azalea Open at Wilmington, N.C.


HONORED—Maurice E. McLoughlin, R. Norris Williams II, Mary K. Browne, Hazel H. Wightman (donor of Wightman Cup), super-stars of old, each of whom won at least two U.S. singles titles from 1911 through 1919; named to Tennis Hall of Fame, in New York.

MARRIED—Harold Connolly, 25. love-smitten U.S. Olympic hammer champion; and Olga Fikotova, 24, buxom Czechoslovakian Olympic discus gold medalist; in three-way (civil, Roman Catholic, Protestant) ceremonies, after winning fight for special permission from Czech President Antonin Zapotocky, in Prague.

DIED—William Adam (Billy) Meyer, 64, short-time major leaguer with Philadelphia A's in 1916-17, longtime manager of New York Yankees' minor league teams until he left farm in 1948 to rouse Pittsburgh ("This outfit has the real romance of baseball to it") to surprise fourth-place wind-up and win Manager of Year honors; of heart and kidney ailment, at Knoxville, Tenn. Meyer's Pirate honeymoon lasted until 1952 when he was replaced by Fred Haney after sixth-, eight-and seventh-place finishes.


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