Mrs. Charlotte E. Blum, smiling grandmother from Millersburg, Ohio, turned her slender trolling rod into potent weapon, adroitly applying persistent pressure to 20-pound test line to whip stubborn 75-pound amberjack into submission off West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas for new world record for species and tackle class.
Major league fans, with one eye cocked toward warmer climes, found to their surprise that Cleveland (6-3) and Pittsburgh (7-2) topped Grapefruit League standings after first full week of exhibition games. They also noted with no surprise that Yankees' Mickey Mantle had started his blasting, slugging three homers, one a 425-footer against St. Louis.
Detroit, perking up with NHL title in sight, edged Montreal 2-1 on Alex Delvecchio's third-period goal to clinch eighth crown in last nine years. Boston, in last-ditch battle for second, won twice to move into tie with sputtering Canadiens. Week's (and season's) biggest score: Toronto's 14-1 victory over fourth-place New York.
Colorado College slipped past Clarkson 5-3 in semifinals, had far easier time routing defending champion Michigan 13-6 to win NCAA title at Colorado Springs. Clarkson came back to edge Harvard 2-1 for consolation honors.
Navy swordsmen, led by artful Jim Woods, jabbed and parried their way to �p�e title, scored enough points in foil (won by NYU) and sabre (won by Columbia) to retain three-weapon intercollegiate crown by single point in New York.
TRACK & FIELD
Ireland's Ron Delany, roundly criticized by some for dawdling along just fast enough to win instead of shooting for records, didn't change his style one bit in Chicago Daily News Relays but this time he was carried to 3:03 three-quarters by Maryland's hustling Burr Grim, then stepped out in final quarter to pitter-patter mile in 4:03.8, his best time indoors. Delany, unbeaten in 17 straight indoor races, admitted "I could have run faster," but added: "I like to run like that."
Bobby Whilden, swift-gaited U. of Texas sprinter, had himself a time as Longhorns took university team title in Southwestern Recreation meet at Fort Worth. Whildren won 220 in 20.8, trailed Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow in 9.5 hundred, ran on two winning relay teams, including 400-yard foursome which scampered distance in 40.4, fastest ever around two turns.
Tim Jecko, powerful-stroking Yale sophomore from Bethesda, Md., churned up meet record-breaking swell in Harvard pool, strong-arming 200-yard butterfly in 2:11.8, 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.7, and 100-yard butterfly in 57.4 to become first since late John Marshall (in 1951) to score triple as talent-loaded Elis won 10 events in Eastern Intercollegiates. Jecko's performance drew enthusiastic raves from veteran Coach Bob Kiphuth: "He's great, just great, and will be even better."